Marriyum says parliament will go to any extent to protect its constitutional powers

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Tuesday parliament would go to any extent to protect its constitutional powers.

“A transparent and fair system has been introduced by the recent legislation by parliament amending Article 184 (3)”, the minister said in a statement. Parliament had the right to fully protect and defend its constitutional rights, she said, adding that no one could take away the constitutional power of parliament for legislation.

She said the judiciary’s authority was to interpret the Constitution and laws but it had no power to rewrite the Constitution or impose restrictions on legislative power of parliament. Parliament, she said, passed a law on the long-standing demand of the lawyers, bar councils and bar associations.

The minister said the legislation relating to Article 184-3 did not curtail the powers, independence and autonomy of the judiciary. By this legislation, ‘One-Man-Show’ and ‘Imperial court-like’ objections were addressed. The three senior-most judges of the Supreme Court will exercise this power in consultation, she said.