Federal Shariat Court an Intrigue Un-raveled

Dr. Parvez Ahmed
2013 IOSR Journal of Engineering  
From the first address of General Zia, it was clear that he would use the name of religion for the safety and lengthening of his dictatorial rule. He was ready to use the Pakistan National Alliance Movement for his personal rule. He overthrew the elected government of Bhutto with the consultation of his coterie and on the popular public demand. After acquiring power, Zia forget his promise of holding elections within 90 days which was also a constitutional requirement and began to take steps to
more » ... an to take steps to sabotaging the election process. In this process he got success and postponed the elections for an indefinite period in the name of accountability. After this he took some steps towards the implementation of Islamic system to legitimize his rule. Zia, to legalize his government both on internal and external fronts used the name of Islam and the set up of (Islamic)Shariat Benches. The set up of Shariat Benches was one of the steps which left indelible imprints on the political system and particularly on the judicial system of Pakistan. Though, he established the Shariat Benches as a first step towards the implementation of Islamic system yet he used these benches to pressurize the judiciary for making service rules for this set up.
doi:10.9790/3021-03510710 fatcat:wfxvtma5jnf6pomchbuu4ggkkq