Parliament, not judiciary, supreme: Asma
12 January, 2012
LAHORE: Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Asma Jahangir said on Wednesday that parliament and not the judiciary was supreme in the country.
Talking to reporters at the Lahore High Court Bar Association, Asma said she had reservations on many of Supreme Court decisions. But, she added, court verdicts must be implemented.
She said the judiciary had also disregarded decisions of parliament and "approved military rules in the past". "Everyone will abide by Supreme Court decisions if it stays away from politics."
She said that judges should contest elections if they wanted to do politics. She urged the judiciary not to just stick to NRO issue but also take up "thousands of other pending cases". She said the Supreme Court could not perform all jobs, adding that it was in the interests of institutions to remain within their constitutional limit.
Asma said that state institutions were being politicised and "none of them is clean".
She said she has failed to understand the Supreme Court's January 10 verdict on NRO, adding that it was a "complicated issue and I have never favoured it".
Asma also criticised the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, saying it was the same party that had attacked the Supreme Court.