ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa has said that a multi-pronged approach was needed to defeat the scourge of militancy and terrorism in the country.
“We must learn from others who have defeated the terrorists. We need to rethink our strategies to deal with it in a more successful manner,” he said while speaking at the launch of a research study on “Impact of Militancy on Administration of justice in former FATA and PATA” held at the Federal Judicial Academy on Wednesday.
Enlightening the audience with the history of militancy and terrorism in different countries around the globe, CJP Khosa said, “Militancy is a form of terrorism and since time immemorial it has existed one in form or another in various parts of the world and civilians have been victims of terror acts. But the question is: how it was tackled in those troubled spots? What steps were taken by those countries and nations?”
He also readout extracts from a judgment issued in a recently concluded case by the Supreme Court in order to tackle militancy and terrorism in an effective manner. He also quoted a few inspiring lessons from a book titled “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”, written by a bestseller author, Yuval Noah Harari on the topic.
Commenting on importance and scope of the research culture, Pakistan’s top judge said, “Without research there is no progress, and with no progress there is no learning. It really augurs well that our judicial officers have undertaken research on a very important topic. This research will make them more analytical in their approach”.
“Research should always be original. It should always be conducted on the area and also in close contact with the people who are subject matter of the research in question. It should not be academic and bookish,” the chief justice remarked.
Sounding his optimism, he hoped that the research would enhance the competency and professionalism of judges who have conducted it and mechanism would be developed to push forward the suggestions and recommendations.
The chief justice also unveiled the publication that comprised seven chapters on the occasion.