Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Saturday said that the Supreme Court will not retreat even an inch from the Constitution in its dispensation of justice.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, speaking to a gathering of lawyers at the Karachi Bar, said that the judiciary was taking all decisions in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan.

He said that the courts make all decisions within the framework of constitution and could not at all digress from it.

When the decisions were not made in accordance with the constitution, then neither the democracy nor the parliament survived.

The chief justice said that the apex court’s order of July 31, 2012 had put an end to unconstitutional steps that were being taken.

Justice Iftikhar was referring to a July court order on the worsening law and order situation in restive Balochistan province.

CJP said that Balochistan issue was under hearing in the court, not much could be said about it. The petition relating to Balochistan issue came from the Bar, which was surprising, but a good move.

Meanwhile Speaking to the lawyers on Saturday, Chief Justice Iftikhar also said that lawyers were deeply affected by the events of May 12 and April 9.

The chief justice was referring to the mayhem in Karachi on May 12, 2007 when at least 48 people were shot dead and dozens of vehicles set ablaze as the chief justice was detained at the airport and city life was paralysed.

In another incident the same year on April 9, several lawyers were killed and their chambers burnt by the police during the lawyers’ movement against the chief justice’s suspension by former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

The chief justice added that a strong Bar further boosts the strength of a country’s judiciary.