Justice on war-footing Needed: CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry
The News, May 10, 2009
HYDERABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the judges, vacating the Swat valley, are migrating to Peshawar and if it continues to happen so it will be very much on the cards that the same situation props up in other cities also.
He said the judges must ascertain the provision of easy and fast justice to the people on war footing basis.
Addressing the Sindh High Court (SHC) Hyderabad, Iftikhar told attendees that the situation, judges are confronting in Swat, could also become possible here in Karachi, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi and Islamabad if judiciary failed to come to the assistance of oppressed people.
CJP proposed judges to strengthen the courts through their actions and provide people with justice as the judiciary has always pocketed political pressure in past here in this part of the world, which contributed to lift off peoples’ trust from it.
“Five judges thwarted the pressure and wrote a new history of Pakistan during the regime of a dictator”, he remarked adding, “Judiciary has always been denied to become an institute in past but now it is incumbent upon us to strengthen this chief pillar of state”.
“I am thankful to the liberated media, civil society, thinkers, peasants, lawyers and all segments of society whose considerable contribution made it possible for judiciary to get restored”, Iftikhar said maintaining, “17 million people of Pakistan are now backing judiciary”.
Chief Justice said judges must render their services in such a way as if they are performing ‘Jihad’.