Judiciary at critical juncture; says Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

Thursday, October 4th, 2012 11:16:19 by

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that the rule of law often seemed under concerted attack from multiple directions, adding that the judiciary was standing at a critical juncture of history.

While addressing a function organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), he said that the country couldn’t be prospered without upholding rule of law.

He observed, “Those of us working in the judicial system, whether as judges, lawyers, or staff, have a unique opportunity to create an impact on the lives of individuals. We each have a unique obligation as well to ensure that our judicial system remains a strong and independent bulwark for our democratic system.”

He also warned the administration on interfering in deliverance of justice to the masses, adding that it was responsibility of everyone to work in strengthening the free and fair judiciary for obtaining an absolute and stable democratic system.

The chief justice while commenting on the Balochistan issue said that the people of the province love the country as much as the rest of the nation, pledging to continue putting efforts until the mutilated dead-bodies are stopped appearing in the province.

He noted, “An independent judiciary is a guarantee for the protection of people’s rights and that the executive should under no circumstances interfere with the administration of justice. It was the Constitution that accorded powers to the Supreme Court and it was the Constitution that must be followed and regarded as supreme.”

Chief Justice Chaudhry was of the view that supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law play a significant role in ensuring protection of rights to the people, adding that judiciary was aspirant to hold supremacy of law in the country.

He further said that it was the duty of the state to establish peace and security for its people and to rebuild judicial institutions for the development of economic growth and public confidence.

“That’s why undiluted adherence to the norms and principles of the Constitution and practice of rule of law are keynotes to all other requisites of democracy”, he asserted.

The chief justice remarked that an independent judiciary can attain its constitutional objectives only if it is duly and professionally supported by a strong, assertive and focused bar.

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