Pakistan, since independence, has become a laboratory for
constitutional experiments, with the judiciary playing the
most controversial role. Under the theory of necessity, the superior judiciary
has legalized military takeovers. Although controversial as a judge of the
Supreme Court of Pakistan, Iftekhar Muhammad Chaudhry was found to be
a changed person the moment he took his seat as a Chief Justice of Pakistan.
However, the situation was not conducive for any action that went against
the will of the military ruler. But the Judge-Bench collaboration supported by
the entire civil society initiated a movement to negate and nullify the dictates
of a dictator. The movement led by the Black Coats community extended
over years, bearing hardships of all kinds. The movement was successful in
forcing General Musharraf to uphold the provisions of the constitution and
rules of established law. The entire nation emerged victorious in upholding
what is called the rule of law.
1-Hina Malik: Demonstrator, Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.2-Sana Ullah: Demonstrator, Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.3-Ayaz Ali Shah: Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, KP, Pakistan.
Judiciary, Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Rule of Law, Army