KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Saqib Nisar has said that no judge is authorized to give verdicts of his choice and supremacy of the constitution is paramount. The Chief Justice addressed a ceremony of Supreme Court (SC) Bar Association in Sindh’s metropolis tonight. He cited Article 4 of the Constitution of Pakistan and said that the all judges are liable to give verdicts in accordance with the law and personal choices are nowhere to be considered. The Chief Justice asserted that issues faced by lawyers’ community would be addressed and that provision of facilities to bars is an obligation that they are answerable about. CJP Nisar further said that litigants face issues over delay in verdicts.
Meanwhile, Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday inaugurated the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) Law Conference held in Karachi to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of SAARCLAW. The Conference commenced with the Justice Nasim Hasan Shah Memorial Lecture and concluded with discussing the Successes and Failures in the SAARC Region. The Chief Justice of Pakistan in his address stated that SAARC presents an ideal forum in which regional states can come together and not only envision but implement a stronger and stable future for our region. The Chief Justice added that he believed in the principals of freedom and justice and that together we can all breed a spirit of cooperation and fraternity.
The Chief Justice emphasized on meaningful cooperation between Member states stemming from their historical and cultures sides. President of SAARCLAW, Mehmood Mandviwalla highlighted the successes of SAARCLAW and how the legal fraternity of the region has cooperated with each other for over a period of 25 years under the umbrella of SAARCLAW. The President of SAARCLAW further added that critics of SAARC usually say that SAARC summit are only a talk shop and usually blame India and Pakistan’s bickering for the impasse.
SAARC has been most successful when it comes to people to people cooperation and SAARCLAW is a testament of such cooperation where judges, lawyers, legal academics and law students come under one roof to share experiences and expertise. The event was also addressed by Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Justice K. Sripavan and the Keynote Speaker K. K. Venugopal, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India who presented his paper on “Poverty-An Alarming violation of Human Rights.” In his speech Venugopal concluded “The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” NNI