CJP confident on Justice Jillani’s leadership

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court under the leadership of Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani and future Chief Justices will continue to support and enhance the work and functionality of the Human Rights Cell.

“The Human Rights Cell has, in fact, processed thousands of complaints and the Court also took many suo motu cases,” said the CJP.

The Chief Justice expressed these views while addressing the Full Court Reference held in his honuor here in the Supreme Court on the eve of his retirement.

About the democracy in the country, the CJP stated that the democracy was impossible without free and fair elections all the way from the local government to the national level.

He remarked, “The Court has adjudicated on a number of cases relating to the fair conduct of elections in ensuring that fake ballots and the like are not utilized, and electioneering practices are free and fair”.

Commenting on the local government elections in the country, the Chief Justice said that the apex court ensured the constitutional command of Article 140-A in that regard adding, “I am confident and hopeful that the judiciary will continue to support democracy in this vein.”

He expressed great pleasure and satisfaction while saying, “The judiciary has realized its duty to ensure the enforcement of the Constitution and the rule of law in the country. Through its judgments, the judiciary, after 62 years of independence has succeeded in making the general public to believe that their welfare exists in the rule of law and constitutionalism.”

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry maintained that the court always tried its best for ensuring the enforcement of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution.

He emphasized upon the Executive while saying that it was the first and foremost duty of executive to ensure adherence to rule of law.

The Chief Justice stressed upon focusing on white collar crime and said, “White collar crime is a particularly malevolent species of crime. Its effects are wide-ranging and affect the public at large because of the billions that are sapped from the national exchequer.”

At the end of his speech, the CJP thanked media, lawyers, his staff and other stakeholders for giving him support for accomplishing his task of delivering justice to all.