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No differences with judiciary: PM Ashraf

19 October, 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday said all institutions, including parliament, the Supreme Court and the armed forces, belong to Pakistan.

The premier added that the country could prosper only when all of them respect each other and work within their own ambits.

"Mud-slinging on institutions is tantamount to defaming the country," the PM said while addressing lawyers at a luncheon hosted in his honour by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).

The prime minister said the democratic government could not even think of disgracing the judiciary. Raja said that ridiculing any institution meant ridiculing Pakistan and added that all needed to work with the objective of serving Pakistan.

"Being the prime minister, I have to respect the courts because it is the place where all heads bow down as justice is dispensed here," he said.

He said democracy was the only system of governance that reflected the aspirations of people.

He said whenever dictators took over in violation of the constitution and against the will of people, the people in the country suffered.

The PM urged lawyers to support the philosophy of democracy which was a guarantee to the country's uplift. He also asked them to diffuse the false impression of differences between the government and the judiciary.

He appreciated the SCBA for following democratic norms while conducting their elections and accepting the results with the democratic spirit. He recalled that the Pakistan People's Party strongly supported the lawyers' cause and their struggle for restoration of judges.

He announced a grant of Rs 75 million for the building of SCBA and said the government would also provide financial support to lawyers in other areas. He also announced approval in principle of a housing society for the lawyers.

In his welcome address, SCBA President Yaseen Azad said the bar fully supported the sovereignty of state institutions. He said the lawyers through their long struggle had been successful in restoration of judiciary in the country.

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