ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the powers of the President were delegated to the Prime Minister through Eighteenth Amendment, which helped establish a fair parliamentary system in the country. According to a private television channel, this the Chief Justice said while heading a 17-judge bench hearing the case regarding 18th Amendment.
He observed that the delegation of powers to the PM strengthened the premier; however, he was shown out of the process regarding the appointment of judges of higher judiciary. The amendment has established a genuine system of the parliamentary government, the Chief Justice observed.
Salman Akram Raja, counsel of civil society continued arguments on the new procedure of judges’ appointments. Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday remarked that the Executive had little role in judges’ appointments; but, now it is being enhanced, adding contrarily, Britain whittled out the role of executive in the process.
The CJ Chaudhry said there is nothing outdated in the Constitution; everything has a purpose, adding, ‘We will have to look our ground realities and perspective.’ He further added, “Read today’s newspapers that show growing maturity.” He had pleaded for the permission to Senator Raza Rabbani, to appear before the court and explain his views in defence of the challenged amendment.
The court granted the plea and allowed Senator Rabbani to appear before the court on Wednesday. The court later adjourned the hearing till tomorrow (Wednesday). -SANA