Im­ple­men­ta­tion of law, not the law is real mat­ter: SC

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The Supreme Court has re­marked “the real mat­ter is im­ple­men­ta­tion of law and not law and if all the ver­dicts pro­nounced by the court had been im­ple­mented the coun­try would not have faced the prob­lems.

Th­ese re­marks were given by Jus­tice Az­mat Saeed dur­ing the course of hear­ing of FATA reg­u­la­tions case by a 3-mem­ber bench of SC hear Wed­nes­day. Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry presided over the bench. Ghu­lam Nabi ad­vo­cate coun­sel for the pe­ti­tioner Pro­fes­sor Ibrahim ap­peared in the court and took the plea that government wors­ened the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion by is­su­ing visas to black­wa­ter. No amount of re­spon­si­bil­ity in this re­spect rests with some one else on this count. Drone at­tacks are be­ing con­ducted daily and in­no­cent peo­ple are be­ing killed in th­ese strikes. On the other hand government re­mains un­moved. Court should dis­charge its obli­ga­tions, he prayed.

CJP re­marked

if pro­fes­sor Ibrahim takes re­spon­si­bil­ity that peace will pre­vail there if de­ten­tion cen­ters are closed down. Prove it through the ar­gu­ments that the law has been mis­used.

“We are not hear­ing drone strikes case. There­fore, we had not sought pic­tures and list of those who were killed in drone at­tacks. We have no case of bomb­ing with us nor the law al­lows shelling. Only peace is be­ing dis­rupted by writ­ing books. Court can not take the pow­ers and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of ex­ec­u­tive. Na­tional in­sti­tu­tions should be re­spected. If you have any reser­va­tions with re­gard to FATA and want to file some doc­u­ments with re­spect to it then the court can al­low some time to do so”, he fur­ther re­marked.

CJP fur­ther ob­served “army is there in FATA un­der some spe­cific cir­cum­stances. How­ever it is not tak­ing any ac­tion be­yond law. The army per­son­nel have also been at­tacked upon and many among them have been mar­tyred and in­jured. You have seen this in the report”.

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