This has a precedence in Pakistan history. Report adds that a top government legal expert informed a high powered meeting that former prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto removed Justice Anwar ul Haq in the 1970s by reducing the tenure of the chief justice through the 6th constitutional amendment. After the 6th amendment Justice Yaqoob Ali Khan became chief justice and the tenure was reduced to four years. When General Zia ul Haq imposed martial law in 1977, he again appointed Anwar ul Haq as the new chief justice and 6th amendment was cancelled through the 8th amendment. It was Justice Anwar ul Haq who pronounced the death penalty on Bhutto.
The present government can pass a new constitutional bill in the current parliament only with the help of PPP which is also feeling threatened after the first hearing against the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance in the Supreme Court last Friday. A three-member SC bench stopped any benefits from the amnesty ordinance. Read here
Khalid Hasan, a leading journalist based in Washington, who writes for Daily times and Friday Times in his article remembers that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was executed on flimsy, hearsay evidence. Justice Anwar-ul-Haq is dead and lies unremembered in dishonour. Read here
This will be an irony if military is supported by Benazir the daughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.