KARACHI: Law Minister Farooq H Naek on Saturday said court orders did not apply to the president and prime minister as their official decisions had constitutional protection under Article 242 and could not be challenged.
Talking to reporters after visiting the Sindh High Court, he said the mechanism for the appointment of judges should be changed. He said the president, prime minister and ministers enjoyed constitutional immunity that could not be challenged.
He said running a government was the executive’s job and making a law was parliament’s job, while the courts’ job was to ensure the implementation of laws.
He said the government accorded due honour and respect to the judiciary and was not interested in reducing its powers. He said at the same time, the government did not want a confrontation between institutions, and if they remained within their ambit, it would strengthen democracy.
He said if the courts agreed, the government was ready for functioning of the courts in the evening for speedy disposal of cases. He said shortage of female judges was being felt direly in the country. He said bar councils and the Law and Justice Ministry should also be given authority to propose names for the judges. However, he said, to do this, amendments would have to be made to the relevant law.
He said a situation was being created that the judiciary had a stand against the Pakistan People’s Party and it was the responsibility of the judiciary to omit that image.