LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has appreciated the services of legal community for the country.
Addressing a seminar on “Court reporting and dispensation of justice” organised by the Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) at the Punjab Judicial Academy on Saturday, the chief justice said that an advocate, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, gave Pakistan’s concept while another advocate, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, created the country. A large number of other lawyers took part in the Pakistan Movement and struggled for this homeland, he added. The chief justice recalled that the lawyers movement of 2007 was unique in a sense that not even a single leaf of any tree was broken or public property damaged as the movement was purely based on dialogue, the most trusted weapon of advocates.
He expressed the hope that the judiciary, lawyers, civil society organisations and the media would continue their struggle to ensure the supremacy of the rule of law.
The chief justice said that the role of the media was very important for the establishment of rule of law and restoration of constitutional rights of the public.
He said that contempt of court law was used as a tool to intimidate journalists in the past but that the present judiciary had courage to face positive and constructive criticism and it had not invoked this draconian law.
He said that language of the law was more laborious than the ordinary one and required a vast knowledge and expertise to have grasp over the legal terminologies. He said that judges also go through law books while dictating judgments; therefore, journalists should also take extra care while reporting judicial matters so that their news may not prejudice court proceedings.
He said that judges cannot decide cases without assistance from the legal fraternity and the role of advocates in the dispensation of justice cannot be undermined. The chief Justice lauded the role of court reporters and saluted them for their responsible reporting.
Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq, Justice Ali Baqar Najfi, Justice Abdus Sami Khan, PCP Chairman Raja Muhammad Shafqat Abbasi, Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Vice Chairman Chaudhry Muhammad Ramzan, LHC Registrar Sardar Ahmad Naeem, Academy Director General Sohail Nasir, Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) President Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Nawa-i-Waqt Deputy Editor Saeed Aasi and a large number of advocates and media men were present.
PBC Vice Chairman Ramzan urged the electronic media to curtail the fashion of tickers.
CPNE President Shami called for imparting training to journalists. Aasi advised journalists to become more responsible and careful in performing their professional obligations. He urged them to also educate the general public through their work and help dispense justice.
In the end, the chief justice gave away certificates to court reporters while PCP Chairman Abbasi presented a shield to the chief justice.
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