Corrupt Judiciary And Corrupt Politicians

Posted on July 26, 2015 Articles

What is judicial independence and how much is it important for a country are the questions which we need to have a clear vision about. Is judiciary pillar of our country is independent and free from any influence and interference from the government in order to claim to be the champion of rule of law. Unfortunately, the answer is in No.

Constitutional theories require that the judiciary be separate from and independent of the government, in order to ensure the rule of law and to ensure that the law is enforced impartially and consistently no matter who is in power, and without undue influence from any other source. Mostly, the independence of the judiciary refers to becoming independent of the dictates of the government.

The doctrine of the “separation of powers” has traditionally proposed that the state is divided into the separate and distinct arms of Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, whereby each arm acts as a “check and balance” on the others. However, there should not be any interference in or any influence, whatsoever, on the judiciary.

Judges are expected to have sound sense and a feeling of self-respect. Judges who have no self-respect, create numerous gods for themselves. Jusice Iftikhar Chaudhry has proved himself to be dirty spot on judiciary. He has no sense of self respect. The worst part of the tragedy is that when such matters surface, they do not feel insulted; Chaudhry has hailed the flawed verdict of the Judicial commision as a milestone in the country’s history.

Judges of an independent judiciary do not act in a manner that could result in their own insult. For the same reasons,  former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and Justice (retd) Khalilur Rehman Ramday,  allegedly supervising rigging during the May 2013 general elections, are examples of a highly low standard of judiciary in Pakistan.

In Pakistan, neither the judiciary as an institution nor the individual judges are independent. The release of Ayyan Ali who was arrested in money laundering and recent judicial commision report on 2013 General Elections  are crude examples.

Dr Ali Ahmad
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26 July 2015