Towards a new consensus in the wake of judicial crisis in Pakistan

Naseer, Sajjad

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Abstract

Musharraf ordered the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar on 9 March 2007 by filing a judicial reference against him. While the legal battle was fought in court, lawyers added a political dimension by resorting to street protest, demonstrations and boycott of courts. Political parties dovetailed to raise the political temperature. The Supreme Court threw out the reference. Musharraf lost his nerve and imposed "Emergency Rule", proclaimed a Provisional Constitutional Order and sacked judges. But the struggle went on even after elections. Pakistan is moving beyond the "praetorian society" as formulated by Huntington in the late 60s. Parliament and the Judiciary a struggling to reach a new consensus. The overpowering Executive is reaching out to understand the new mood. It is time that various players on top reach a consensus about the role of institutions in the system.

Document type: Lecture
Date: 2008
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 13 October 2008
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Subjects: Pakistan, Justiz
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pakistan , Justiz , Reform , Krise, Pakistan , Judicial Crisis , Legal system , Judiciary
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: Pakistan
Additional Information: Vortrag, gehalten auf der 20th ECMSAS, Panel 41: Pakistan in Transition, Session 2: Black Coats, White Robes