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Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File photo
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File photo

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said in the democratic set up of Pakistan every institution has to recognise and respect constitutional norms.

He said the three main state organs -- the judiciary, executive and the legislature -- though powerful in their respective domains, could not go beyond their constitutional limits.

The CJP was addressing a roll signing ceremony held on Saturday at the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry where he awarded practice licenses for the apex court to 15 lawyers.

Justice Chaudhry was of the view that the success and efficacy of a democratic system depended on independence of the judiciary which could not be ensured until and unless all the state institutions cooperated and worked within their constitutional framework.

He said the judiciary being custodian of the Constitution had been specifically equipped with the power of judicial review to check the arbitrary exercise of power by any authority or institution.

He said the Supreme Court had endeavoured to introduce legal and judicial reforms through prudent interpretation of laws and various landmark judgments and formulation of judicial policies.

The top judge said a strengthened and independent judicial system played an assertive and decisive role for the promotion of rule of law which was a basic substance of democracy. It was the statutory and constitutional responsibility of the judiciary to safeguard fundamental rights and restore entitlements to their owners and grant relief to the aggrieved, he added.

He said the judiciary had a definite role to play for effective administration of justice for the establishment of a just society, based on respect for law.

The CJP said the National Judicial Policy that was revised from time to time, in consultation with all stakeholders at national and international level, set out guidelines for the judges and lawyers for prompt and fair dispensation of justice. It was now the duty of the lawyers to follow them and facilitate the courts in dispensing justice at the grass-roots level, he added.

He said the hard work and efficient performance of courts had strengthened public trust in the justice system of the country and more and more people were approaching the courts for resolution of their disputes and redressal of grievances.

At the end, the CJP welcomed the newly-enrolled lawyers of the Supreme Court and hoped they would continue to practice law with passion and earn respect for themselves and the institution of judiciary.

Comments (6) Closed

Ali Sep 01, 2013 02:52pm

None of his preaching s apply to his son, this shows how artificial this person is. During his 8 years in the highest judicial post he and his son filled jails with only poor people. Lower courts are more corrupt than ever and rich people know if they negotiate with his son no action will be taken against them. Some of his decisions were most infamous in world history like Asghar khan case where he accused only those giving money while he protected those taking same money. May Allah do his and his son accountability

imran bhatt Sep 01, 2013 07:14pm

Mr CJP thinks he is more equal than others, therefore, it does not apply to him what he advises others to follow.

Masood Hussain Sep 01, 2013 08:04pm

Words 'independent, and judicial policy 'need to be interpreted again.

moidulhassan Sep 01, 2013 11:33pm

@Ali: I fully endorse your indifferent views based on facts and truth that may hurt those who have been and are being befitted by biased verdict pf the Chief Justice,who have no fear of hereinafter .

Ghayoor Sep 02, 2013 03:33am

I have a question!

Is judiciary "custodian" of the constitution or is it the "interpreter" of the constitution?

What does the constitution itself say in this matter?

Ijaz Sep 02, 2013 12:24pm

Since Mr. CJP forgot or rather was humble enough to say by himself, so being a "Responsible Citizen" of Pakistan I feel duty bound to complete the sermon and tell my fellow countrymen that please don't forget that Constitution and Rule of Law is only "Following" the orders of 'Present' Judiciary aka CJP himself.

Because he is the elected 'Wisdom' of the people, by the people and for the people.