Judiciary won’t stay silent on rights of citizens: CJP

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Says criticism can be made on the reasoning of decisions but not against judges

Our Correspondent

Larkana

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday said that the judiciary will not stay silent if citizens are not given their rights.
Addressing a ceremony in Larkana, the chief justice said, “We are not deprived or oppressed people. If nobody will stand for the protection of citizens’ rights, it does not mean that the judiciary will remain silent too.”
Chief Justice Nisar stressed that the judicial system’s objective is to provide justice. “The objective behind all suo motu notices is to make people aware and sensitize them,” he said.
“Do you know why there’s so much backlog with the judiciary? For a moment forget about the ordinary litigation on the criminal and civil side. But are you aware of the ratio of public and administrative law litigations pending in the high court and supreme court.”
“I am not blaming any political party or government, current or past, but I am sharing this with you: the [large] number of writs being lodged with the high courts and supreme court are due to the administrative failure.”
Discussing the bar and bench, he said the relationship between the two was akin to that between the body and spirit. “The bar and bench cannot be separated,” he said.
Chief Justice Nisar paid a visit to Chandka Medical College and Hospital, where he reviewed the infrastructure and cleanliness situation of various departments.
Annoyed at the poor laboratory conditions and garbage dumps around the Urology department, the chief justice reprimanded the hospital administration for poor management and directed the medical superintendent to ensure cleanliness.
CJP Nisar also directed the medical staff to ensure quality treatment for patients.
The top judge also visited Shaikh Zayed Hospital, Police Headquarters Larkana and the session courts.
At the sessions courts, the chief justice listened to what the complainants had to say, and ordered the judges to ensure swift justice for everyone.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the judges at district courts to decide cases expeditiously in accordance with law.
Speaking during a visit to District Courts Larakana, he said lawyers should also appear in cases regularly and avoid undue adjournments so that cases can be decided in time.
On the occasion, some people met the Chief Justice of Pakistan and complained that their relatives are missing and their whereabouts are still unknown.
Taking cognizance of the issue, the Chief Justice summoned the DG Rangers Sindh, provincial inspector general of police, and provincial heads of IB, ISI and MI at Supreme Court Karachi Registry tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the Chief Justice also visited Government hospital Sukkur, Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana and Sheikh Zayed Women’s Hospital, Larkana and met the patients and heard their complaints.
Speaking at the gathering of Advocates in Larkana,Chief Justice Saaqib Nisar said the main purpose of judicial system is to provide Justice.
Saqib Nisar said protection of Human Rights is our foremost priority.
Chief Justice said criticism could be made on the reasoning of decisions but not against the judges.
He regretted that burden of high profile political litigation in the Supreme Court and High Court had been delaying justice in cases of the general public.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice expressed anger at an additional district and sessions court judge and ordered his immediate transfer.
During a surprise visit to the sessions court in Larkana, Justice Nisar expressed anger after he spotted the mobile phone of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shyam Lal on his desk.

The chief justice picked up the mobile phone of Judge Lal and threw it on his desk. The CJP warned the sessions judge to leave his mobile phone in his room during hearings. Justice Nisar also questioned the judge regarding the case that was being heard. However, Judge Lal failed to provide satisfactory answers angering the chief justice.Ordering his immediate transfer, the chief justice remarked, “We cannot compromise on judicial respect.”

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