Supreme Court Judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa said that respecting the constitution was obligatory on those who received their salaries from the taxes paid by the common man.
Addressing an event at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, the judge said that Pakistan was born 72 years ago without the need for a war or a military.
In a reference to the independence movement, Justice Isa further added that Pakistan was created by people with an ideology who convinced others of their point of view and made the impossible, possible.
He said that the founding fathers of the nation had also provided the country with a mechanism with which to sustain and protect the independence of Pakistan.
“It is called the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The constitution makes it clear that the country was born free,” the SC judge told the audience.
Talking about the founding father of Pakistan, Justice Isa said that the Quaid-e-Azam had made it abundantly clear that Pakistan was to be a democratic state.
The judge added that the constitution made it very clear that protecting democracy was an obligation on the citizen of the state. “If we continue on the path of democracy, the integrity of the state will only flourish.”
Justice Isa noted that ensuring the provision of basic human rights to the citizens of Pakistan was the duty of the superior courts. “If a state body encroaches upon the rights of citizens, the judiciary must intervene.”
Elaborating further upon his statement, Justice Isa added that history was witness to the fact that if state institutions exceeded their constitutional authority, the basic rights of people were affected.
Talking about military dictatorships, Justice Isa said that Pakistan was split into two in 1971 because military rulers had power over the country for a long period of time after inception.
“The judiciary makes sure that every state institution works within their constitutional limits. If a state body oversteps their limit, there is a danger that the country might break-up.”
The judge added that the enemies of the country could take advantage of a situation in which the voice of one man tramples upon the voices of a nation made up of hundreds of millions of people.