Lahore: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has likened ex-Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to a military dictator who ran a “parallel government” and tried to impose “judicial martial law”. “Iftikhar Chaudhry acted like a military dictator by removing me from premiership unlawfully,” Gilani told PTI, days after the activist judge's retirement.
“There was no difference between a chief justice and a dictator after my removal from prime ministership. History will remember Justice Chaudhry as a dictator who undermined the parliament and strengthened the anti-democratic forces,” he said.
Chaudhry had forced Gilani to step down in 2012 after he refused to implement the Supreme Court's orders to revive graft cases in Switzerland against then President Asif Ali Zardari.
“He actually was running a parallel government and there was no difference between his acts and the acts of military dictators. He tried to impose judicial martial law in Pakistan,” the former premier said.