ISLAMABAD - Participants of a roundtable conference urged the Supreme Court to reposition itself as an independent institution in its own right and not as an institution against the democracy and executive. A roundtable conference bearing title ‘Judicialisation of Politics in Pakistan: Issues and Remedies’ held here at a hotel on Friday to academically discuss the present situation in a bid to step forward the country towards prosperity and development and to get rid from long persisting situation of controversy between political leadership and judiciary of the country.A number of legal experts, human rights activists and political workers participated in the conference organised by the School of Political and Strategic Communications (SPSC). Speakers in the conference were of the view that present situation of the country bears resemblance with the situation that of India, Latin America and Africa had earlier faced due to the active cum adventurous role of Judiciary, as sentiments of different ethnic groups were considered non-democratic even not up to the mark.They were unanimous by saying that it seems that role of judiciary in the country is not impartial even the character of judiciary is not up to the standard to be followed in future to uplift the country. Intuitional barricading, selective justice, the principle of separation of powers, accountability, due process of law, situation of polarisation were discussed in the conference.Speakers also criticised the remarks of court that they are the representatives of people’s will and said parliamentarians are the real representatives in this regard. They said that courts had always maximize their own interest as its decision had never strengthened the jurisprudence Taking suo moto over the news items of news papers is not a criterion was also discussed in academically and its political impact also remained under discussion during the conference.Eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir, in her telephonic address said that the superior judiciary should remain impartial in dispensation of justice. “A cursory look at the court’s decisions indicates as the superior judiciary wants to influence the functioning of Election Commission of Pakistan and in setting up of the caretaker government,” she commented. Listing the number of cases in which the government complied with the court’s verdicts Asma Jehangir asked the superior judiciary to define the concept of implementation. “By implementation, if they mean beheading of all democrats then I would say the government did not comply,” she said, adding the court verdicts did little to improve the jurisprudence. She also called the superior judiciary to set out a criterion for taking suo motto notices.Executive Director SPSC Mazhar Arif gave a comparative overview of judicialisation of politics in various countries and specifically focused on Pakistani context. He identified various similarities and differences from similar experiences in other countries. He termed the Supreme Court as a judicial coup, which was creeping slowly and could endanger the federal parliamentary democratic dispensation.Taj Haider, a PPP leader, referred to the clash between the government and the court as a clash between democrats and security establishment. “Pakistani judiciary was part of the establishment and is still a very much part of it. Therefore, in this clash the judiciary stands on the side of the establishment. We have to contain the establishment and the judiciary. Running the government is not the job of the judiciary. It is the job of the elected representatives,” he says adding that it was not judicial activism it was judicial adventurism.Following are some of the suggestions that Hider gave: “Formation of Judicial Services of Pakistan on the pattern of ICS. Judicial academy should play its role in capacity building.  The arbitration councils at village level should be formed civil cases. In criminal cases there should be no arbitration. Office of the prosecutor general should be strengthened. Legislation for witness security should be done immediately. Every province should have independent Supreme Court which should also be a final appellate authority. Federal constitutional court should be set up as it was demanded in the Charter of Democracy. Judges’ appointment should be according the CoD. There should be no vacant seats in the judiciary. There should be a way to remove the Chief justice owing to capacity reasons. Supreme Judicial Council is headed by Supreme Court and therefore no case can be heard in judicial council, therefore article 209 should be amended to make the council more representative. A Senator should have a right to move an application against the misconduct of the Chief Justice in the Senate. Asad Jamal, a constitutionalist based in Lahore, listed various instances of court verdicts in which the impartiality of the court was doubtful. Zafarullah Kahn identified a number of judgments given by the Supreme Court, which are marred with factual mistakes and legal inconsistencies. He said that the rules made by the acting election commissioner are in violation of the Peoples Representation Act. Ch Manzoor a PPP leader said that judicial coup has already taken place in the country as it was the ‘judicial 58(2) B’ which was used to send Prime Minister Gilani home. Judiciary is encroaching upon parliament’s domain, he said. “The superior judiciary has become completely partial and it has defamed the sacred institution, he expressed. Dr Khadim Hussain of Bacha Khan Centre said that the judiciary of Pakistan is working as the pope worked in medieval Rome. He cited some parallels between today’s judicial conduct with that of the Roman oligarchy who termed peoples aspiration as sin and their opinions as ignorance.  He said that judiciary has committed a constitutional misbehaviour in last four years.  Superior judiciary is promoting ‘Talibinisation’ in the country, Dr. Khadim remarked. Marvi Sirmed, a human rights activist, placed importance on following the principle of separation of powers. Raza Rumi, a well-known journalist, said that there were about fifty petitions filed in Supreme Court on the issue of contempt of the court whereas on the issue of fixing sugar prices not a single petition was filed. “Why the militants are at large and why the gang rapists are moving freely,” Rumi asked.