CJP’s optimism

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Addressing a function to mark beginning of the new judicial year in Islamabad on Monday, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar spoke about achievements during the last one year, steps taken to improve dispensation of justice and shared some of the proposals to address grievances of the litigants including simplification of the procedural laws and court management process.
There is no doubt that woes of the litigants can be addressed to some extent by the ideas floated by the worthy Chief Justice but the fact remains that no system or law is bad enough to be blamed for all the ills. It is the leadership and the way of working that matters and this has been practically demonstrated by Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah who has been frantically working to reform the flawed system. Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani too has effectively conveyed the impression that a lot of improvement in the system if relevant head of the institutions performs his duties and discharges his responsibilities in an efficient manner and goes strictly by the book. The Supreme Court and the high courts too can play their role in resolving issues and addressing challenges confronting the judicial system but unfortunately there is an impression that focus remains on high profile cases and scant attention is paid to ordinary litigants who are left to rot in the system. The overall system of the state would work and deliver only if there is harmony among state institutions but presently there is mistrust among them. This attitude must be checked and proper remedies enacted in order to serve the people.