- 1954 - blessing given (by CJ Muhammad Munir) to the imposition of Martial Law by the then Governor General Ghulam Mohammd introducing the doctrine of necessity
- 1958 - endorsing (again CJ Muhammad Munir) the 1958 abrogation of constitution by the then President Iskandar Mirza as a legal constitutional revolution
- 1977 - approving the martial law by General Zia-il-Haq as an extra-consitutional measure under the doctrine of necessity.
- 1999 - applying the doctrine of necessity again to validate the overthrow of elected democratic government and subversion of the constitution by Gernal Musharaf
- 2002 - validating General Musharaf's attempts to become president of the country through the backdoor of referendum
Even when some honourable judges tried to stand up to the tyrany they were stabbed in the back by fellow judges as is evident in the case of CJ Syed Sajjad Ali Shah and later CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Fellow members of judicary were easily available to stand up and give support to the those out to subvert any notion of independence.
Since the sacking of CJ Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry by General Musharaf in November 2007, for the first time in Pakistan's history, civil society through Lawyers Movement is leading the battle to help Judiciary deal with an identity crisis. CJ Chaudhry representing a not so long line of upstanding judges like Justice George Constantine, Justice A.R. Cornelius, Justice Dorab Patel and Justice Rana Bhagwandas - all men of great integrity, pitched against CJ Abdul Hamid Dogar and others representing a longer line of preachers of the "doctrine of necessity".