Iftikhar Chaudhry
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. — File photo/Online

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said that the judiciary will go to any extent to implement the constitution in the country, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a dinner reception held in honour of the Supreme Court’s judge Justice Shakirullah Jan on his retirement, Chaudhry vowed that the apex court will continue to protect fundamental rights of the citizens as a custodian without any apprehension.

Stressing on supremacy of the judiciary, the chief justice said that the SC follows law and the constitution, adding that the current judiciary will continue with judgments over all sub-judice cases.

Emphasizing more on judiciary’s role as a custodian of fundamental rights of citizens, he said that it provides right of a prosperous and peaceful life to the masses. The system of check and balance puts extra burden on judiciary to perform according to wishes of the public.

Speaking on the occasion, Supreme Court Bar Association president Yaseen Azad said that political issues must be resolved in the parliament.

Advising the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, Azad said that the rulers must focus more on resolving the ever worsening Balochistan issue.

The speakers commended the services of Justice Jan, saying the senior most judge of the apex court had performed his duties with utmost honesty and professionalism.