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‘Half justice’ after 27 years


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MY daughter died in a road accident involving a Karachi Transport Corporation bus in 1985. I filed a public litigation against the corporation for damages.

At that time the amount was within the jurisdiction of the high court. Later, as the value of money decreased such cases were transferred to lower courts.

Meanwhile, the corporation was wound up and the assets taken over by the provincial government, the case again falling into the legalities and delays. My case was rolling just like a football between various courts, sometimes the case papers being misplaced and then traced out by my able advocate.

I was not in any mood to file the case, as any amount of money could not have brought back my sweet daughter. But the advocate argued that if such cases are filed and the government is made to pay compensation from its kitty, it will take notice of such incidents and will undertake traffic reforms, as was done in civilized countries.

Unfortunately, we were neither civilised 65 years ago nor we are today. This gives the impression that we never ‘intended’ to be, nor do we intend to be. I will mention a very interesting thing. At one of the hearings in the high court the advocate representing the corporation submitted an application seeking adjournment as he had to take his ailing wife to a doctor. The adjournment was granted.

I went down to meet a friend in a bank within the premises of the court and returned after about an hour. To my utter surprise, I saw the same advocate busy in friendly chat with a fellow advocate.

The case was lingering in lower courts: one witness attending while the other not. The government advocate seeking adjournments on flimsy excuses, thus delaying it as far as he could and, above all, the frequent strikes of lawyers delayed it.

At last, my case was upheld and I was granted compensation. I had to pay bribes to the lower staff of the court for getting the cheque issued in my favour. The driver of the bus has, however, not been punished. I still consider it half justice.

A CITIZEN     Karachi

Comments (7) Closed

farmerdr Jan 15, 2013 03:18pm
Until perjury and perversion of justice by lawyers and by police is immediately punished this system will remain sadly corrupt and unable to deliver fair sentences.
farmerdr Jan 15, 2013 03:16pm
In a civilised country the advocate who lied to a court would have been kicked out of the profession if not jailed.
Abdul Malik Jan 15, 2013 07:58am
My sincere belated condolence on your daughter's demise. Having said that, what else can you expect from our ever corrupt judiciary and attorneys representing the crown corporations who lie through their teeth and have no shame.
Sameer Jan 15, 2013 10:22am
I do not even consider it half-justice since Justice delayed is justice denied. May Allah give you sabar in the loss of your little one.
khanm Jan 15, 2013 08:15am
It is merely a cry in the wilderness. no one will listen and no one will come to your help. no one cares. welcome to the land of clean so called Pakistan........
Mian Abid Qayyum Jan 15, 2013 04:07pm
Dear Mr. Malik, i have same feelings on this delayed justice, but don't blame only judiciary and attorneys basically these are the parliamentarians the so called lawmakers who never did law making for curtailing the delay tactics provided in our civil, criminal and other laws as well.....
Zia-ur-rehman Jan 16, 2013 05:16am
We are livining in this corrupt system, even transport condition is more worst, developed countries going for bulet train and we are living in age of chingchi rickshaw.