Pakistani Parliament Approves New Law to Curtail Chief Justice’s Powers

Pakistani Parliament Approves laws

In a significant development, the Pakistani parliament has passed a new law aimed at curbing the powers of the chief justice of Pakistan. The move comes amidst growing tensions between the judiciary and the government, with critics raising concerns about the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers.

The new law, known as the “Judicial Reforms (Amendment) Bill

,” seeks to amend the existing judicial system to limit the chief justice’s authority in certain matters. One of the key provisions of the law is the establishment of a Judicial Commission, which will have the power to review and recommend appointments, promotions, and transfers of judges, including the chief justice.

Critics of the law argue that it undermines the independence of the judiciary by giving the government greater control over judicial appointments and decisions. They fear that the law could be used to target judges who are seen as critical of the government or its policies, leading to a weakening of the judiciary’s role as a check on executive power


Supporters of the law, however, argue that it is necessary to bring about much-needed reforms in the judiciary and improve the efficiency and transparency of the judicial system. They contend that the establishment of the Judicial Commission will help streamline the process of judicial appointments and ensure that only the most qualified and competent individuals are selected for judicial positions.

Pakistani Parliament Approves laws
Pakistani Parliament Approves laws

The passage of the law has sparked a debate across Pakistan,

with legal experts, politicians, and civil society groups weighing in on its implications. Some have called for a review of the law by the Supreme Court, while others have urged the government to reconsider its approach to judicial reforms.

The new law comes at a time of heightened political tension in Pakistan, with the government facing criticism over its handling of various issues, including the economy, governance, and human rights. The move to curtail the chief justice’s powers is likely to further fuel debates about the state of democracy and the rule of law in the country.


As Pakistan navigates these challenging times, the future of its judiciary and the separation of powers remains a topic of intense debate and scrutiny. The implementation of the new law and its impact on the judiciary will be closely watched in the coming months.

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