The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Thursday said the goal of an egalitarian society can be achieved through the elimination of corruption, nepotism and discrimination within institutions and strict adherence to the Constitution and Law.
Speaking at a Full Court Reference to bid farewell to Justice Amir Hani Muslim here, the Chief Justice said Rule of law is fundamental for the economic, political and social development of a society.
“Rule of law is not limited to the protection of individuals’ rights and resolution of disputes in accordance with law but also includes an independent and effective judiciary, safeguard against abuse of power and a law abiding government” he remarked.
Mian Saqib Nisar pointed out that there are instances of discrimination and favouritism within governmental institutions, resulting in the violation of fundamental rights of employees. This is the main reason for the absence of good governance which weakens the state institutions.
Being aware of the importance in strengthening the institutions, Justice Hani was the flag-bearer in the struggle for the elimination of corruption, nepotism and discrimination, he said.
He referred to the judgement of the Judge in favour of upholding the rights of meritorious civil servants and decried the blockage of promotion of deserving officers by appointments on “Own Pay and Scale” basis to a higher grade which is a practice that must be discouraged.
He also gave another example of the judgement of the retiring justice regarding absorption of persons appointed on deputation or through transfer against the cadre posts due to which the civil servants appointed on merit had lost their right to be considered for promotion and how it contradicts the framework of the provincial civil structure as envisaged by our Constitution and the law as it creates a parallel system which is unfortunately based on discrimination and favouritism.
The Chief Justice paid tributes to Justice Hani saying that he is known for his impartiality, independence of mind and strict adherence to law. He said his devotion to duty has been remarkable and throughout his career as a Judge, he never vacillated on principles.
The function was attended by Judges of the Supreme Court, Mr. Ashtar Ausaf Ali, Attorney General for Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, Vice Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, Mr. Rasheed A. Rizvi, President, Supreme Court Bar Association and members of the Bar.—NP