KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has said judiciary is independent and free from any influence or expediencies.
Addressing a seminar titled “Role of Ombudsman in Provincial Administrative Justice in Sindh in Karachi, he said Ombudsman is an independent institution. He said Sindh Ombudsman is more active now as compared to the past.
The Chief Justice said that justice is vital for the development of a country.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that Ombudsman is an independent institution, adding that the office of the Provincial Ombudsman Sindh is more active now as compared to the past.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad said there were only three offices of Provincial Ombudsman in 2003 and now sixteen offices are busy across the province to provide justice to the people at their door steps.
He said that approval for the establishment of five more offices has been given.
In his welcome speech, Sindh Ombudsman, Asad Ashraf Malik threw light on the performance of the institution.
He said efforts are being made to set up Ombudsman office in every district. He said Ombudsman does not have stay power, which causes problems in some cases.
Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Prof Dr. Pirzada Qasim, Justice (retd) Aslam Jaffery and Acting Chief Secretary Sindh Ajaz Ali Khan also spoke.
The members of civil society, media, higher judiciary, academic institutions, businessmen, among others, attended the seminar. NNI