President is part of the Parliament: CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said the president of Pakistan should be informed of every parliamentary affairs as he is part of the Parliament and head of the state.

Justice Iftikhar made the observation in response to advocate Ikram Chaudhry’s remarks while heading a 17-member bench hearing petitions challenging various clauses of the 18th Constitutional Amendment.

Watan Party chief barrister Zafar Ullah said the judiciary had salvaged the nation from a dictator while 6 dictators had been imposed through 18th amendment.

Resuming his arguments barrister Zafar Ullah said parliamentary committee was disastrous for independent judiciary. The hard earned money of the poor masses was funneled to the off -shore accounts of the heads of the parties sitting outside the country.

Targeting the parliament he said amendment was introduced in the constitution without putting it into any debate in the parliament which was unconstitutional. The debate which was required to be held in the parliament was now taking place in the supreme court. The whole parliament had been kept under the control of 6 persons and 26-member constituent committee also worked on the dictation of these six persons. Only 3 amendments were made in the entire 18th amendment for the uplift of the people. The powers of political parties were done away with and a political dictatorship was imposed through these amendments, he pleaded.

Later Ikram Chaudhry resumed his arguments on behalf of Rawalpindi Bar Association. He said prime minister was accountable to president under section 46 and 91 which was against the spirit of parliamentary system.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed article 46 was correct and nothing was wrong therein. “You should take back your objection as president was supreme commander of armed forces and he should be kept aware of every thing. It does not happen so in any country that government does not inform the president “, he further remarked.

Justice Khalil ur Rehman Ramday remarked it should be in the knowledge of the president what was happening in the country. It was duty of the government to keep the president informed.

The SC directed Ikram Chaudhry to focus on article 175-A and give his arguments over it. Politics be not dragged into courts, court added.
The hearing of the petitions was adjourned till Thursday.

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