Lahore: Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Justice Umar Ata Bandial has said that it is our collective responsibility to strengthen the national institutions to ensure rule of law in the country. Rule of law demands sacrifices and we have to act as a united and disciplined nation for promoting and consolidating all institutions.
The Chief Justice was presiding over concluding session of an International Conference sponsored by Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, here today. The theme of the Conference was “Peace Through Law”. Hon’ble Chief Justice elaborated that Bar was an institution like judiciary, media and other state institutions. Bar was a pillar of strength and it should play its due role for building the national institutions for safeguarding rule of law in the country. Chief Justice appreciated the efforts of Supreme Court Bar Association for standing steadfast for the rights of the people of Balochistan and also sought similar cooperation from Indian Bars for resolving the miseries of the people of that province. He said that legal circles of both the countries enjoy respect, harmony and dignity. It was need of the hour to extend it to individual level. It was responsibility of the Bar to stand against the invasion of liberty and human rights of the individuals.
President Supreme Court Bar Association Yaseen Azad underlined the need of resolving both the major issues confronting among the Pakistan India so that need to build up huge armies does not arise and the public exchequer being utilized by them can be spent on the welfare projects meant for the public. Member Punjab Hariyana High Court Bar Association Sardar Shams Ravash Singh said that struggle of Pakistani lawyers against an army dictator was a unique and had no parallel in the history of the world. Advocate Ahmar Bilal Soofi presented recommendations of conference. Indian SCBA President Pravin H. Parekh also spoke on the occasion. Conference was attended by judges of Lahore High Court, Bar Representatives of all the provinces including Azad Kashmir and senior lawyers.