Important Case decided By SC. P L D Supreme Court Present: Hamoodur Rahman, C. J., Muhammad Yaqub Ali, Sajjad Ahmad, Waheeduddin Ahmad. There have been a lot of important and leading cases in the history of Pakistan. Asma Jilani vs Government of the Punjab case is one of them. What is the grudge-Nazi informer case? • Riggs v Palmer, Re Sigsworth case. • Kelson in Pakistani courts??? • Dosso v. State,. • Asma Jilani v. The Government .

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A Full Bench of the High Court, after an exhaustive review of the opinions of jurists and the asna law on the subject, came to the conclusion that the Martial Law imposed in was of the kind described by English authors as the Martial Law which can be imposed in exercise of the common law right vested in a State to suppress disorder and insurrection, and it was not of the type of military rule which can be enforced in an alien country by an invading or occupying army.

It is impossible in every form of society governed by law to disengage and personify a “sovereign” as thus understood, with the artificial precision which Hobbes and Austin assume. On the stepping aside of the constitutional President the constitutional machinery should have automatically come into effect and the Speaker should have taken over as Acting President until fresh elections were held for the choice of a successor.

Laski’s book on the State in Theory and practice page 27 to show that the latter too held the view that those “who control the use of the Armed Forces of the State are in fact the masters of its sovereignty. Under Article 30 the President could also proclaim an emergency if the security or economic life of Pakistan was threatened by internal disturbances beyond the power of a Provincial Government to control and I will assume for the present purposes that he could also proclaim Martial Law if the situation was not controllable by the Civil administration.

Yahya Khan’s Government, therefore, remained de facto and not de jure up to 20th Decemberwhen he stepped aside. On the 15th April The question of imposition of “military rule” as an casr of jus bells of international law could not, in the circumstances, possibly have arisen. We come next to the case of Ch. This is explained by Kelsen himself in the remark, that “the efficacy jilzni the entire legal order is a necessary condition for the validity of every single norm of the order.

If laws which are introduced under the old constitution continue to be valid under the new constitution, this is possible only because validity has expressly or tacitly been vested in them by the new constitution.

Views Read Edit View history. The Axma Court relying on an earlier decision of this Court in the case of State v. The Court on the very next day, i. Even the disciples of Kelsen have hesitated to go as far as Kelsen had gone.


The principle enunciated in Dosso’s case, therefore, is wholly unsustainable, and it cannot be treated as good law either on the principle of stare decisis or even otherwise. Law itself is not a legal concept, for, what is law is really asmaa theoretical question. It should contain one or more elements on which jilanni different theories of law are based, and give expression to the will of the people whose conduct and behaviour the law is going to regulate.

In this connection it may be worthwhile quoting asmma passage from the opinion of the Earl of Halsbury in the case of Tilonko v. The doctrine of stare decisis cannot be invoked to sustain, as authority, a decision which is in conflict with the provisions of the state Constitution; or a decision which is in conflict with a previous statutory enactment to which the decision makes no reference, and.

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The Court’s judicial function is to adjudicate upon a real and present controversy which is formally raised before it by a litigant. These lists are sorted chronologically by Chief Justice and include all notable cases decided by the court.

Pakistan and assume the powers of the Chief Martial Law Administrator. The basic concept underlying this unalterable principle of sovereignty is that the entire body politic becomes a trustee for the discharge of sovereign functions. Articles exist for almost all cases. Before I conclude this judgment I feel it my duty also to place on record my appreciation of the very able assistance given to this Court by all the learned counsel concerned.

The learned counsel, on the other side, have all protested that this is not so but in order to leave no room for doubt I wish to make it clear that this decision is confined to the question in issue before this Court, namely, the validity of the Presidential Order No.

The law would hold him a subject, and yet he may have thrown off for a time his habitual obedience. Alexander 25 C L R ; Tilonka v. Thou givest sovereignty to whomsoever Thou pleasest ; and Thou takest a Nay sovereignty from whomsoever Thou pleasest.

Persons challenged the detention. Even the imposition of Martial Law by his proclamation is of doubtful.

The Constitution provided for a federal Government with equal representation of peoples of both the Wings in the National Assembly Article What was done in can still be done even though the result might well be different. Yet we have to add that the above sins of pride in purity have contributed much to the confusion which has led leading minds, in perfect good faith, to make such a charge.

Hunter U S ; Uganda v. These principles of justice and morality constitute the natural law which is valid of necessity, because the rules for human conduct are logically connected with truths concerning human nature.


It is obvious therefore, jilank these orders themselves that what could be done under Martial Law Regulation No. The disaster, which was apprehended in the case of Moulvi Tamizuddin Khan, had occurred.

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Let me now take up for consideration the criticisms levelled against the principles propounded in the judgment of the then learned Chief Justice in Dosso’s case at pages to The absolute bar was only ama the issuance of writs against “the Chief Administrator of Martial Law or the Deputy Chief Administrator of Martial Law or any person exercising powers and jurisdiction under the authority of either”.

This argument necessitates an examination into the nature and scope of Martial Law itself. In fact, peace and tranquility was restored in the country within a few days of his stepping in. Commissioner of Valuation for Northern Ireland 2 A E R set aside a decision which had held cwse field in Northern Ireland for 50 years by ruling nilani “the doctrine of stare decisis had but little application ” in a case of a fiscal nature, where the decision “was plainly wrong, and had not been supported before the House.

He was only trying to lay down a pure theory of law as a rule of normative science consisting of “an aska or system of norms”. This is qsma index of lists of cases decided by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Martial Law of the first category is normally brought in by a proclamation issued under the authority of the civil Government and it can displace the uilani Government only where a situation has arisen in which it has become impossible for the civil Courts and other civil authorities to function.

Allen mentions two antithetic conceptions of growth of law: The Superior Courts are, as is now well settled, the Judges of their own jurisdiction. Dosso, PLD S. Applying these tests to the President’s Order Cqse. The office of President was reintroduced by clause 2 of the same Article in the following terms: Thou givest sovereignty to whomsoever Thou pleasest ; and Thou takest away sovereignty from whomsoever Thou pleasent.

Kelsen’s attempt to justify the principle of effectiveness from the standpoint of international law cannot also be justified, for, it assumes “the primacy of international law over national law. Proclamation of Martial Law. Iskander Mirza issued the Laws Continuance in Force Order 1 of which inter alia provided; ” 1 Notwithstanding the abrogation of the Constitution of the 23rd Marchand subject to any order of the President or Regulation made by the Chief Administrator of Martial Law, the Republic, to be known henceforward as Jilni, shall be governed as nearly as may be in accordance with the late Constitution.