Islamabad: Pakistan's assertive and controversial Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry today bid farewell to his office after the longest term at the helm of the Supreme Court in the country's history.
A meeting of the full court was held in honour of the 65-year-old Chief Justice, who retired after serving in the post for over six years.
Speaking on the occasion, Chaudhry said democracy is not possible without independent and transparent elections.
The judiciary worked hard for democracy and the apex court played its role in holding polls to local bodies, he said.
In an apparent reference to the disqualification of lawmakers with fake degrees, he said it was now not possible for anyone to lie about their educational degrees and assets.
However, Chaudhry said it seemed the executive was powerless to eliminate corruption.