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`Days of martial law in Pakistan now history`

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 11:35

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the Supreme Court had blocked the way for establishing military courts through its judicial orders, and added that only the constitutional system would function in the country.

Justice Chaudhry, who was hearing the presidential reference to revisit the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) case, pointed out that the court had terminated the military court’s law in the Liaquat Hussain case.

“It is a loud and clear message to all, nobody should be in any illusion furthermore, so long, we are sitting and functioning under the Constitution, InshAllah, nothing will happen to the system. Those days are over when people feared that something would happen overnight,” The Daily Times quoted Justice Chaudhry, as saying.

He said that the court will deliver an exemplary verdict in the ZAB case, adding that it would also decide whether it could revisit any duly decided case or not under the Article 186 of the Pakistan’s Constitution.

Justice Chaudhary said that Pakistan’s President is the symbol of the federation, therefore he should treat everyone equally and not send the case of an individual to the court.


First Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 11:35

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