No reference can be filed against judges for any alleged wrong judgments

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Ijaz Kakakhel
Islamabad

A parliamentary body of Upper House of Parliament on Wednesday said that a Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice must ensure that the dignity, respect and honor of all institutions should not only be maintained but enhanced and augmented which is the only way in which rule of law can be established in a country.

These views were expressed in the Senate Standing Committee on Law & Justice, which held today in parliament house while Senator & Barrister Syed Ali Zafar was chair. Chairman of the Committee stated that it was the mandate of the Committee to ensure that the rule of law is implemented in letter and spirit.

The Chairman of the Committee further stated that since law and justice is intricately linked with the judiciary, it is the Committee’s duty to ensure that the interests of this august institution are fully protected. He said that whenever a judgment is rendered by a Court, some parties agree with it while others disagree and if a judgment is wrong then everyone has a right to give a fair comment and criticize the same and debate it. He said that he knows as a fact that judges welcome such a criticism and debate. However, the Chairman pointed out that the practice of criticizing the judge on the basis of disagreement with the judgment must be stopped and, if necessary, the Committee needs to come up with laws and suggestions how to curb such a growing practice.

Senator Zafar further said that the judges cannot come out of their chambers to defend themselves and this obligation falls upon the Committee. At the same time, he said that it is the role of the Committee that all institutions remain within their domain. “While Parliament is not entitled to criticize, similarly, the Courts must restrain themselves from interfering in Parliamentary business”, said the Chairman.

The Committee members pointed out and requested Committee’s Chairman to conduct a debate on the various constitutional crisis that have erupted in the country. Senator Zafar stated that such a debate is necessary but must be meaningful and result oriented so that a future course of action can be laid out.

He said that all sides are blaming each other for alleged constitutional violations and therefore the agenda for the debate must be drawn up in a systematic, logical and considered manner so that the purpose of the debate can be achieved. The Chairman said that he will draft the agenda of the meeting accordingly.

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