Lahore:Designate Judge of Supreme Court and Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Mr. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has said that district judiciary is backbone of judicial system and plays a pivotal role in the dispensation of justice in Pakistan.
Justice Saeed was addressing a farewell function arranged in his honour by the district judiciary of the province. Designate Chief Justice Mr. Umar Ata Bandial and judges of Lahore High Court as well as all the district and session judges and senior civil judges also attended the ceremony.
Hon’ble Chief Justice said that equal respect and honour should be extended to the judges of district judiciary as well as that of apex court because both the adjudicators are bestowed the virtue of resolving disputes amongst the aggrieved persons. Therefore, people and advocates community should treat them alike. Hon’ble Chief Justice said that about 80 per cent litigant public approaches district courts for settling their grievances. Hon’ble Chief Justice said that judiciary of the province was best in the world because it was delivering in a pathetic environment with lack of proper infrastructure. The judiciary in the province of Punjab was more burdened because the case ratio here was more than 900 cases per judge as compared to their counterparts in other provinces having almost 250 cases. The efforts are afoot to bring this ratio upto 500 cases and the government of the Punjab has been moved for allocation of funds for creation of 1013 posts of judges and enhancement of required infrastructure for setting up courts for them. Hon’ble Chief Justice said that we got independence in 1947 but still having the colonial age judicial system designed by the foreigners according to their needs and unfortunately this system has not been structured according to the values of Islam in which every citizen enjoys equal rights. Hon’ble Chief Justice said that name of the subordinate judiciary has been replaced with district judiciary in order to enhance their respect and honour amongst the people who are the real stakeholders of the judicial system.
Senior Puisne Judge and designate Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial paid rich tributes for them and expressed great honour for the outgoing Chief Justice and assured that his development projects will be carried out actively. He exhorted upon the judicial officers to deliver more as the society has done a lot for them and pins high hopes with them. He said that matters must progress and cases should not be disposed on technical grounds but should be decided entirely on merit under the constitution.
Registrar Sohail Nasir, the moving spirit behind this programme appreciated the innovative and training programmes launched by the outgoing Chief Justice and also assured the incoming incumbent Chief Justice fullest support from the provincial judiciary for dispensation of justice.
The judges of Lahore High Court who attended the function included Nasir Saeed Sheikh, Sheikh Najmul Hassan, Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Sardar Tariq Masood, Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Rauf Ahmad Sheikh, Ijaz Ahmad, Khalid Mehmood Khan, Shahid Hameed Dar, Anwaar ul Haq, Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu, Mamoon Rasheed Sheikh, Farrukh Irfan Khan, Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Abdul Sattar Asghar and Ail Baqir Najfi.