KARACHI - Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naek has said that the president, the prime minister and the ministers enjoy constitutional immunity and that cannot be challenged. Talking to media at the Sindh High Court on Saturday, the law minister said that there is nothing unconstitutional in the contempt of court bill and that judicial decisions in that regard cannot be enforced against the president and the prime minister. He said the government accords due honour and respect to the judiciary and was not interested in curtailing its powers.
He also said that the government does not want a confrontation between institutions, and if each institution were to work within its ambit, democracy would be strengthened. He said that if the courts agree, the government was ready for functioning of the courts in the evening for speedy disposal of cases. He said shortage of female judges was being felt direly in the country. He said bar councils and ministry of law and justice should also be given authority to propose names for the judges. However, he said, for this to happen, amendments would have to be made in the relevant law.