Refuting allegations that the judiciary is beneath any strain from safety establishments, Pakistan Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Saturday stated that the judiciary within the nation by no means takes dictation from different establishments.
Pakistan’s Chief Justice made this remark whereas responding to remarks made by former president of the nation’s Supreme Courtroom Bar Affiliation, Ali Ahmad Kurd, throughout a convention in Lahore, in line with Daybreak newspaper.
This spat comes as Pakistan has been ranked at 130 out of 139 international locations within the World Justice Challenge’s ‘Rule of Legislation Index,’ simply above Nicaragua and Haiti, and under Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Myanmar.
Ahmad Kurd, throughout a convention, had closely criticized the judiciary whereas talking on the subject of — “Function of Judiciary in Defending Human Rights and Strengthening Democracy.”
“One basic is dominating a rustic of 220 million folks. This similar basic has despatched the judiciary right down to quantity 126 [in rankings],” he stated, presumably referring to WJP’s Rule of Legislation Index 2021, on which Pakistan ranks 126th within the class of elementary rights.
There was a “clear and observable division” inside the judiciary, stated Kurd in his speech.
Responding to the previous president of the Bar Affiliation, Pakistan CJP Gulzar stated he “completely didn’t agree” with the evaluation made by the senior lawyer. He refuted the allegation that Pakistani courts are “not free” and that “we’re working beneath somebody’s strain or of the establishments.”
“I’ve not taken the strain of any establishment or listened to any establishment. Nobody tells me or guides me on methods to write my verdict. I’ve by no means made any choice that I did so on another person’s saying, nor has anybody had the braveness to say something to me.”
Gulzar pressured nobody interfered along with his work and that he dominated on his instances in line with “my understanding and conscience.” “I’ve by no means listened, seen, understood or felt anybody’s dictation to me,” he added.
Notably, Islamabad Excessive Courtroom Chief Justice Athar Minallah admitted sure arguments made by Kurd.
Islamabad HC Chief Justice thanked Kurd, saying that “it is extremely essential for us to know what the bar and what the folks take into consideration us.”
“Let me guarantee Mr Ali Ahmad Kurd that no decide who’s impartial can ever make an excuse that he may be pressured or influenced. Any such excuse … I am afraid … is a violation of the oath,” he stated.
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