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KARACHI: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that the courts have validated martial laws in the country on the basis of the ‘doctrine of necessity’.
While speaking in a seminar on ‘The Future of Democracy in Pakistan’, being held in a local hotel here, he said that the doctrine of necessity adversely affected democracy in the country, adding that a section of the judiciary has always supported dictators.
“We have to take strict decisions to take this country on the right path,” the Pakistan Muslim League-N leader said, adding, “Not a single elected representative could complete his mandated tenure, whereas the dictators ruled the country for more than 30 years.”
The PML-N leader claimed the nexus of dictators and court did not let democracy prosper in the country.
“Court, which is powerful for politicians, is helpless in front of the dictators. Politicians have been hanged, they have been called hijackers but those who violated the Constitution did not face any ire,” he added.
The former premier said that despite all attacks against democracy by dictators no one could bury it as the masses are aware of their rights now.
“All sections of the society should play their role for the prosperity of democracy. Lawyers, teachers, media all have to become soldiers of democracy without any bias,” Nawaz said.
He questioned why the court has not given its decision in the treason case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
Earlier, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai, National Party Chairman Mir Hasil Bizenjo and other mainstream political leaders and members of civil society addressed the seminar.
Nawaz in Karachi
Nawaz arrived in Karachi on Thursday. While chairing a meeting of the party’s provincial executive committee, he promised to bring a change in Karachi and Sindh if he is given the chance.
Look at the difference between the Karachi of 2013 and Karachi of 2017, he said, adding that “The difference is quite evident”.
“Karachi is equally precious to me as any other city of Pakistan,” he said, adding “I invite people of Karachi to visit Lahore.
“Karachi should’ve been more developed, progressive, and pretty. However, Lahore has won this race.”
Nawaz, who was disqualified as prime minister by the Supreme Court in a landmark verdict on July 28, has come to Karachi for the first time since his disqualification.