Military interventions weakened democratic institutions in past: CJ

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday said that the military interventions in the political process had weakened democratic institutions in the past.

Addressing faculty members of the Command and Staff College Quetta here, he said that such interventions impacted adversely on the constitutional and legal development in the country.

“Our democratic elected governments never truly consolidated democratic institutions. Neither, they were able to enforce good governance, economic progress or the culture of rule of law in the country. The primacy of un-elected institutions over representative organs left Parliament weak and subservient to the executive,” he added.

He observed that parliamentary subordination to a powerful executive had its roots in the weak political framework in early years of Pakistan.

“We did not have popularly or directly-elected legislature between 1947 to 1970. This also retarded the political development in the State,” he added.

The Chief Justice referring to role of state institutions said that legislature, executive and judiciary, were the creation of Constitution itself, which was the supreme law of the land, therefore, it was incumbent upon them to work for the protection of this sacred document.