Rule of law prerequisite for democracy: Fawad


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday said that the rule of law was a prerequisite for the functioning of a successful democratic set-up in any country.

Speaking in Berkeley Law Conference, the minister said that the government believed in the stability of national institutions. As an institution, a strong and independent judiciary is vital, and like the Supreme Court (SC) and high courts, there is also a need to strengthen subordinate courts in the country, he added.

Fawad said that in the past, high court benches were set up in some divisions and now there is a demand for the constitution of similar benches in Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Sahiwal. However, it would have to be studied as to how much the step would be beneficial, he added.

He said that the Law Commission and SC should consider measures to strengthen the subordinate judiciary. There is a need to revamp the civil and districts courts in the country, he added.