CJP says constitution toothless without fundamental rights


ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday emphasised the importance of fundamental rights in the society and believed that without giving them due meaning, spirit of the constitution could not be achieved.

He said this in a bilateral meeting with Sergey Mavrin, vice president of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation in Russia. Both the sides agreed that independence of the constitution and the process of the appointment of the judges to the courts had to be made transparent, fair and free from any political and extraneous consideration.

The chief justice also invited the president of the Constitution Court of the Russian Federation and his delegation to participate in the forthcoming International Arbitration Conference and also related to the Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ARDs) likely to be held in September 2018 in Islamabad.

The chief justice on the invitation of Valery Zorkin, president of Russia’s Constitutional Court, participated in the international conference on the constitution in the global change epoch and the goals of constitution review. The conference was held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Russian Constitution in St Petersburg.

The chief justice also attended the Vlll Saint Petersbur International Legal Forum (SPILF) from May 14 to 18. More than 120 representatives, including the chief justices, presidents and judges of the supreme/constitutional courts of different countries attended the conference.

Representatives from international and interstate organisations/institutes including the United Nations, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights also participated in the conference. The chief justice in his speech emphasised on the importance of the constitutional assurance of fundamental human rights. The chief justice also highlighted the provisions of Constitution of Pakistan that enshrined these rights.