Constitution is above the parliament: CJP

20 Feb, 2018 9:20 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday said that the Parliament cannot make laws against the constitution and the constitution gives judiciary the right to review legislation made by the parliament.

Giving his remarks during the Media Commission Case, he said that Parliament is supreme, but constitution is above it. “Supreme Court has the right to review legislation violating basic rights.”

Responding to the questions of certain legislators asking how the top court can intervene in the lawmaking process, he said that constitution is above the parliament.

CJP observed that recommendations made in the media commission report, and the promises made by government remain unfulfilled. “We have to make PEMRA ideal and autonomous body,” he added.

He complained that certain inexperienced persons are being appointed in the institutions, adding that appointment of professionals is necessary to run the institutions in a better way.

“Headlines are made when we (even) ask something whereas we give remarks to understand the stance of both parties,” he commented.

CJP made it clear that he is neither giving an explanation nor he is bound to give any. He mentioned, “We will fully utilise the powers of constitution and law.”



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