Lahore (October 12, 2018): Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday said that the judiciary wouldn’t intervene in matters which fall under the jurisdiction of other institutions particularly government if it fulfills their responsibilities.
“The judiciary only intervenes to safeguard and protect the basic rights of people, when other institutions are not doing so,” the top judge said while addressing a ceremony in Lahore.
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Stressing upon the judges to dispose of thousands of pending cases on a priority basis, Justice Nisar said there wouldn’t be a backlog of cases if all courts fulfill their responsibilities.
Chief Justice Saqib Nasir on Friday held judges responsible for delays in providing justice to the people despite receiving hefty salaries.
“Delay in the provision of justice is because the judges are not fulfilling their responsibilities,” the chief justice said in an event at Lahore. “As many as Rs55,000 is daily spent on a judge from the national exchequer.”
He said that there is a need for introspection within the judiciary on streamlining justice delivery system.He further said that those securing such coveted posts should be grateful to this country. “We have earned this country with great sacrifices; not through some charity,” he said and added, “only the fortunate are gifted with a blessing, known as freedom.”
“I urge the judicial officers to work tirelessly to give the judiciary it’s rightful, dignified status,” he said and added that the system needs to be modernised in line with the advancements of the present era.
“The judges don’t hear cases for many days and adjourn it for indefinite periods. The people need speedy justice,” he asserted.
The chief justice said that unfortunately today the basic rights of citizenship and ownership are not secured for the people of Pakistan.The chief justice said that the 19th-century old Qanoon-e-Shahadat doesn’t meet the required criteria of justice.
“We have to reform the laws as according to the requirements of the time,” he said.
“People like Mansha Bomb are involved in land grabbing. I was unable to find solutions on issues which I have taken notice of,” he said, adding that the reason behind taking notice was to create awareness.
“I hope that the government play their mandated role so that the judiciary doesn’t have to take action,” he added.
The chief justice said that decisions will be as according to the constitution irrespective how big the business group is present before the judiciary.
“There’s no one superior or supreme before the law; cases must be decided purely on merit.”On the missing persons issue, the top judge said that he had tasked heads of the top intelligence agencies to determine the whereabouts of those people.
Concluding his speech, Justice Nisar called upon the judges to work with uprightness, credibility and integrity in dispensing of the pending cases.