CJP hopes judiciary will continue to work for human rights


Outgoing chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has expressed the hope that judiciary, under the leadership of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, will continue to work for human rights.
The chief justice was addressing full court reference on the eve of his retirement today (Wednesday). He hoped that judiciary of the coming years will seek to expand the scope of and enforce the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution and dispense justice freely, fairly and expeditiously to litigants.
He said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah envisioned Pakistan as a democratic state and was a great supporter of constitutionalism and rule of law, but regrettably we failed to live up to his vision. He said the usurpers replaced the democratic order of this country with the ignominious concept of martial law and the courts of the past validated such actions.
He praised the judges of the Supreme Court and high courts who refused to bow before a dictator for their role in preserving the Constitution, rule of law and independence of the judiciary. The independent judiciary of today is a result of the untiring efforts of the entire legal community and the impartial and objective reporting of the media.
The chief justice said that assumption of power by any authority not mentioned in the Constitution will be countenanced, as per Supreme Court’s decision. Now no state functionary can dare to support or provide protection to the unconstitutional actions of a dictator in future. The judgment has strengthened the democratic process as well as rule of law in the country.
He said the Supreme Court must continue to take notice of pressing issues where fundamental rights, particularly the right to life, are being threatened on a daily basis. He said that it was unfortunate that the court orders were not implemented in letter and spirit. The case of missing persons also deserves mention. The court has issued repeated notices in many cases involving missing persons, but the executive functionaries often remain non-compliant. He urged judges not to let this deter them in their pursuit of justice.
Iftikhar Chaudhry said the divide between the haves and have-nots is increasing day by day, with the executive being unable to curb this growing disparity and until the ever-growing cancer of corruption is tackled, the rich will keep getting richer and the poor will keep getting poorer.
The outgoing chief said democracy is impossible without free and fair elections all the way from the local government to the national level. Most recently, the court has taken up the issue of local government elections to ensure that the Constitutional command of Article 140-A is followed and the federal and provincial governments hold local government elections. The court has also revolutionised the concept of what it means to be qualified to contest elections under Article 62 of the Constitution. It is no longer possible for those who lie about their educational qualifications or assets to represent the people of Pakistan.


  1. Human rights are something that he really needs to be improved in the country, I also hope he will continue in his support for it.

  2. He never convicted the killers,murderers,never order death penalty even to Indian RAW supported anti patriotic insurgents in balochistan,never gave death penalty to TTP terrorists,humiliated the establishment and its branches,but saved his son and the biggest traitor Hussain Haqqani,the memogate scandal mastermind along with ZARDARI.He let him flee the country,This one eyed monster was a curse to the judiciary.He only did one good things kicking out corrupt PM gilani.


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