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Country is run like a monocracy, says chief justice of Pakistan

In a scathing attack on the Nawaz Sharif government, Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali said the country was being run like a “monocracy” in the name of democracy, the Dawn reported on Friday.

“This court has repeatedly been saying that monocracy exists in this country in the name of democracy, but it is for the people who voted the [current] rulers to power to stand up against them,” said the chief justice of the Supreme Court during a hearing on the case about Punjab government’s ambitious Rs 45 billion Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT).

Heading a five-judge bench of the court, Chief Justice Jamali said bad governance was in vogue in the name of governance.

He also went on to say that historic sites of Lahore were the cultural identity of the country and that the court will protect these buildings in any situation.

The court asked the petitioners as well as the respondents to propose by Friday the names of three international consultants each who could advise the bench on technical matters.

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