July 21, 1991 |
The Senate passed a constitutional amendment allowing the Pakistani government to suspend the Supreme Court and establish special courts allowing only one appeal in "terrorist affected areas." Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government "wants to deal with terrorists and miscreants with an iron hand." The amendment was approved by the lower house of Parliament, where outraged opposition lawmakers stormed out, saying the government banned debate and steamrollered the bill through.
October 3, 1988
The Pakistani Supreme Court overturned a decree issued by the late President Zia ul-Haq and ruled that candidates in next month's election may run under the banner of a political party. The decision by the nation's highest court was a victory for opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, who had sought to overturn the edict that said candidates must run as individuals, unaffiliated with political parties.
January 27, 2000 |
Six of the Supreme Court's 13 judges--including the chief justice--refused an order by Gen. Pervez Musharraf to take a new oath under a provisional constitution that would protect Pakistan's military from legal action. Of 102 judges, 89 were sworn in again, the government said. The refusal was seen as the sharpest challenge to the army since its bloodless coup ended civilian rule Oct. 12 and put Musharraf in charge.
January 12, 2000 |
Protesting the large number of intelligence agents and army personnel in his courtroom, a High Court justice refused today to hear a case of treason and hijacking against deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. High Court Justice Shabir Ahmed ordered the arrest of several intelligence agents, while others fled his courtroom, witnesses said.
January 30, 1997 |
The Supreme Court upheld the Nov. 5 dismissal of Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto by President Farooq Leghari, clearing the way for elections that pollsters say she will lose. "There is enough material to establish corruption, nepotism and misrule," the court said. The judgment was applauded by business owners and the markets.
July 27, 1987
President Zia ul-Haq, responding to recent bomb attacks in Pakistan, has created special tribunals with broad authority over cases of terrorism and other crimes, Justice Minister Wasim Sajjid said. The one-man, provincial tribunals will be allowed to deny bail and rule on any act that "in the opinion of the government is . . . shocking to public morality or has led to public outrage or created panic or an atmosphere of fear or anxiety amongst the public."