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CJP calls for laws for protection of minorities

* Justice Jillani says year 2014 be declared ‘Year of Promoting Religious and Cultural Tolerance in Society’ g Takes notice of delay in construction of district courts
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LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Saturday stressed the need for introducing and implementing laws to protect minorities in the countries.
“Our country is passing through crucial stage of history and confronting with various problems including extremism and intolerance. Only by promoting tolerance and enforcing rights of citizens, a harmonious society can be established,” he told a meeting of the National Judicial Policy Making Committee.
The chief justice said judiciary being important organ of the state can play vital role in promoting tolerance by ensuring expeditious dispensation of justice. He said that the year 2014 be declared as ‘Year of Promoting Religious and Cultural Tolerance in Society’.
He said the role of judiciary would enhance the prestige of country in the world.
“Due to upholding rule of law and constitutionalism, it was gaining attention of foreign intellectuals,” 
The chief justice said overwhelming participation of international delegates as compared to previous years in the International Judicial Conference-2014, held in Islamabad, was a proof of it. “This is a good omen,” he added.
He said the conference focused on important issues like judicial review of administrative actions, role of judiciary in protecting human rights, access to justice and role of judiciary in promoting tolerance in society. 
The CJP said the superior judiciary introduced information technology in its system to regulate case flow management, digitisation of libraries and administrative record, SMS alert to the lawyers and electronic attendance system for the staff, etc.
“However, though these initiatives have increased the efficiency of the courts, still we are lagging behind to achieve the optimum benefit of the technology,” he added.
He expressed the hope that unified integrated information system would not only foster access to important information about the case flow, but also improve the court efficiency by reducing the time-consuming paper-based process.
“The constitution of National Judicial Automation Committee is an important step towards realisation of this dream,” he said, and added that the meeting would review status of automation project of the superior judiciary.
The chief justice took notice of delay in construction of district courts and model jail in Islamabad and observed that the recent suicide attack on district courts has prompted the early completion of said projects to ensure peaceful environment to the litigants, lawyers and judges. The CJP constituted a committee comprising one judge each from Supreme Court and Islamabad High Court to oversee the projects.

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