Former Pakistan justice calls reconstituted top court unconstitutional

[JURIST] Former Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] justice Rana Bhagwandas [JURIST news archive] Thursday told the Lahore High Court Bar Association that the Supreme Court as currently constituted is unconstitutional, and that its ruling [JURIST report] supporting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] is invalid. Bhagwandas said only a two-thirds majority by both houses of parliament would validate the declaration of emergency.

Bhagwandas and other justices were ousted from the court and detained under effective house arrest [JURIST reports] last November for refusing to take oaths under the Provisional Constitution Order [text as amended]. Musharraf subsequently named other justices and a new chief justice to take their place. The Khaleej Times has more.

 

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