ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Tassadduq Hussain Jillani has said that democracy cannot survive without democratic culture, and that provision of human rights is necessary for the rule of law.
He was speaking at an Iftar dinner hosted by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) in his honour on Thursday.
Addressing the participants, he said that bench and bar work together for supremacy of law and democracy could not survive without independent judiciary.
He said that judiciary provided principal rules to administration for implementation of human rights. “The courts implemented Articles 99 and 184 and people got relief from suo motu actions taken by the apex court,” he said and added that the system could be improved through promotion of tolerance and education.
He said that the judicial system had changed for positive in last few years. It was imperative to ensure implementation of laws as per their spirits.
He said every person was a citizen of the country and it was the responsibility of judiciary, legislature and executive for provision of basic human rights.
Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jillani is retiring on July 05 after serving as Chief Justice of Pakistan for about seven months.
President Supreme Court Bar Association Kamran Murtaza, judges of the Supreme Court, Islamabad High Court and Federal Shariat Court, members of the Executive Committee of the SCBA, Attorney General for Pakistan, Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry, former presidents Supreme Court Bar Association, besides advocates of the Supreme Court, attended the dinner.
Meanwhile, a full court meeting was held in the Supreme Court on Thursday and Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani presided over the last meeting as he is due to retire on Saturday.
Designated Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed, Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rahman, Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Umar Ata Bandial attended the meeting.
Syed Tahir Shahbaz, Registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan also attended the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, the Chief Justice welcomed the Judges participating in the Full Court meeting as well as Justice Umar Ata Bandial who was recently elevated as Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan and was attending the Full Court meeting for the very first time.
The chief justice said that the purpose of the meeting was to review the performance of the Supreme Court in terms of dispensation of justice and disposal of cases and to deliberate on the issues and matters pertaining to functioning of the Court.
Discussing the issue of overall institution, disposal and pendency of cases in Supreme Court, the Full Court meeting noted that as against institution figure of 3862 cases for the period from 05.04.2014 to 30.06.2014 the Court decided 3533 cases during the said period. It was noted that there was rising trend in the institution of cases, the Chief Justice said. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa informed the Full Court that during the period of last six months out of 3700 criminal cases, 2000 have been disposed of along with freshly instituted cases, leaving only the pendency of 1700 cases.
The chief justice of Pakistan noted that it was a remarkable disposal.
At the end of meeting, the Judges lauded the services rendered by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as Chief Justice of Pakistan as well as Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan who was going to lay down the robes of his office on 05.07.2014.
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