An Analytical Study Of Judicial Independence In Pakistan 1988-99

Dr Khan Faqir, Dr Fakhr-ul- Islam


Judiciary is the most important pillar in any state of the world. It guarantees democracy, good governance, economic stability and the rule of law. Judiciary is a sandwich between the dictators and authoritarian rulers in Pakistan. Although, under the separation of powers judiciary to be a neutral institution enforcing rules and regulations. Unfortunately in Pakistan judiciary failed in performing its basic functions. The era under discussion in Pakistan was ruled by Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif the democratic rulers; still the independence of judiciary was a question mark. There was always a tug of war between the Prime Minister, the President and the superior judiciary. Both Nawaz Sharif and Benazir were blamed for extra judicial interference and the image of judiciary as an independent institution of the state never remained.

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