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The rule of law

Indeed, the role of the rule of law in a civilized and democratic society is a known fact. But the question is: Is our Pakistani society really free, civilized and democratic? If so, then, what in the country is happening with the rule of law?

Because what we see, experience and hear in this country, it is not the rule of laws but the rue of the whims and egos of some selected individuals. Even the conditions in this country for the maintenance of the rule of law do not sound conducive. In Pakistan today, nowhere, be it among the rulers in the Federal Capital, Islamabad, or among the rulers in the Provincial capitals, even among the people of this country, the desired will is not found to strive towards the attainment of respect for the rule of law.

Like many other humble students of Political Science and Law, I have read in the authentic political science and law books, research papers, among others, that respect for the rule of law ultimately requires a respect for international legal standards, especially the respect for human rights standards.

The late Lord Denning, the eminent English jurist, once observed, “The Rule of Law is not confined to the negative aspects of preventing the Executive from abusing its power. It has a positive aspect involving the duty of government, not only to respect personal rights but to act positively for the well-being of the people as a whole.” In Pakistan, a lot needs to be done to cultivate the culture of respect for the rule of law. It is necessary to take cognisance of the fact that the rule of law is a situation which can only be fostered through a concerted effort, and can only be maintained through the realization that the rule of law operates in our society. It calls for constant attention in order to flourish and become a way of life in this society of ours.

Writer: Hashim Abro

Source: Pakistan Observer

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