“There Will Only be Democracy in This Country”: Chief Justice of Pakistan

(PKONWEB) — The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar Thursday once again dismissed rumors of the possibility of a “judicial martial law” being imposed in the country, saying there is no provision in the Constitution that allows for such a move.

Justice Nisar said he could only laugh at the talk of a ‘judicial takeover’, adding that such rumors appeared to have been spread through “some design or plan”.

“There is no space for any martial law in the Constitution,” the CJP stressed.

The Chief Justice said he will resign from his position if he cannot stop the imposition of martial law in Pakistan.

His remarks came a day after ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said the country is now trapped in martial laws and warned that his party will not accept any delay in the general election which is scheduled to be held in July.

“There will only be democracy, democracy and democracy in this country,” the Chief Justice promised.

Addressing the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) in Islamabad, he urged the masses to trust him and promised his loyalty in return.

“I will try my best to stop the imposition of martial law and there is no possibility of a judicial martial law in Pakistan either.”

Justice Nisar also said that he will lose the right to be the chief justice if such an event occurs.

“We will not allow this shame to be imposed on us. I will protect Pakistan. If I am unable to stop it, I will resign. If we can’t do this, if we can’t fulfill our basic priorities, then I don’t deserve to be the chief justice.”

He also commented on the upcoming general elections and assured that they will be held on time.

“The Constitution of Pakistan does not allow amendment in the Elections Act,” which calls for elections within 90 days after expiry of government mandate.

During the 90 day period a caretaker government is installed strictly for holding free, fair and independent elections. The interim setup is agreed upon by the treasury and the opposition jointly.

The Chief Justice was addressing a ceremony for the renaming of the auditorium at the Supreme Court Bar Association building in the capital after the late human rights lawyer Asma Jahangir.

Last month, Awami Muslim League (AML) President Sheikh Rashid had demanded that the Supreme Court appoint a caretaker government, even if it has to impose judicial martial law for 90 days, to supervise the upcoming general election.

“The chief justice of Pakistan should supervise the general election in consultation with Election Commission of Pakistan to stop election rigging and in this regard, he will impose a judicial martial law for 90 days until election day,” Sheikh Rashid told local daily Dawn afterwards.

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