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Discussion on the unlimited authority of the Supreme Court in the Parliament
Addressing a joint session of Parliament, Sharif spoke at length about the dissenting judgment of Supreme Court Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel, which allowed the Chief Justice to take suo motu cognizance and act on any issue. Criticized the unlimited power to constitute benches of choice to hear various cases. His ruling was regarding the matter of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial taking suo motu cognizance of elections in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces on 22 February.
Shahbaz wants control over judiciary
On the need for new laws to limit the power of the Chief Justice, Sharif said if the law was not passed, “history will not forgive us”. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s cabinet has approved a draft law on Tuesday, which seeks to curtail the discretionary powers of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.
Judicial reform law was also made in Israel
In Israel too, a judicial reform law was enacted to curtail the powers of the judiciary. But it was widely opposed. After the implementation of this law, the Israeli Parliament had the power to overturn the court’s decision. The benefit of this was to be more for PM Netanyahu. Due to which people said that this would weaken democracy. After protests escalated, the Israeli government came on the backfoot and had to suspend the law.
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