Islamabad, Mar 16: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said that his party had committed in the Murree Declaration to make the judiciary completely independent and also restore the sacked judges and vowed to honour this pledge.
He said this while addressing a 70-member delegation of the People's Lawyers' Forum that called on him here. Zardari said that the party aimed at making the Parliament supreme and would not allow any other institution to subvert sovereignty of the Parliament. " The PPP will provide justice to all including the sacked judges and to the institution of judiciary as a whole which has long been neglected and its independence has been eroded," The News quoted Zardari, as saying.
He said he himself had been a victim of the manipulation of a pliant judiciary at the hands of the executive and spent eleven years in jail without conviction and therefore, he was well aware of the ills relating to the institution of judiciary.
Zardari said that no other party or group had rendered greater sacrifices for the independence of judiciary and the sacked judges than the workers of the PPP.
"No one, therefore, had a right to walk taller than the PPP workers on this issue," he said.
Zardari also paid tributes to the lawyers' community for their steadfast struggle for democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism.