Parliament cannot legislate against basic rights: CJP

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said on Tuesday that parliament cannot make laws that violate the basic rights of the people.
He said, “Parliament is supreme, but constitution is above it. (Supreme Court) has right to review legislation violating basic rights.”
He added that the parliament cannot legislate against basic rights.
Justice Nisar was hearing the media commission case in the Supreme Court (SC) where he heads the three-member bench.
Responding to the questions of certain legislators asking how the top court can intervene in the lawmaking process, he said that constitution is above the parliament.
CJP gave remarks that recommendations made in the media commission report, and the promises made by government remain unfulfilled. “We have to make PEMRA ideal and autonomous body,” he reasoned.
He complained that certain inexperienced persons are being appointed in the institutions, adding that appointment of professionals is necessary to run the institutions in a better way.