Democracy has failed to take root in Pak for 60 years: Chaudhry

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Peshawar (Pakistan), Feb.18 (ANI): Deposed Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday told a lawyers convention here that democracy has not been allowed to thrive in the country since it attained indepedence more than six decades ago.

Claiming that dictators had usurped civilian government powers, Chaudhry said that a year ago, the citizens of Pakistan had used their right of self-determination to vote in a democratically elected government.

"The lawyers are very well aware of the fact that Allah Almighty is the only supreme power over the Constitution under which the country's affairs are being run," The News quoted him, as saying.

"What must be a point of concern at this point in time is no one ever tried to determine the underlying reasons for the problems that the country continued to face," he added.

"The existence of our country and ourselves is possible only through establishment of true democracy in the country," he said.

Earlier, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry administered oath to the newly elected office bearers of various bar associations. (ANI)

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