ISLAMABAD: The nation’s legal justice system is closely tilted in favour of the perpetrators of a criminal offense quite than the victims, Legal professional Normal Khalid Jawed Khan regretted on Monday.
“This injustice is at its worst if the perpetrator happens to be powerful, socially or financially,” the AG mentioned whereas talking at a ceremony to mark the beginning of the brand new judicial yr on the Supreme Court docket.
Wealth and social standing elevate an impregnable defence in favour of the perpetrators of all types of crimes, the AG bemoaned, highlighting that gender-related crimes have been endemic.
Feminine victims, whether or not she is a three-year-old baby or a mom of three, are notably focused, the AG regretted. Some components even kill ladies as a matter of honour and for some ladies, there isn’t a peace even of their graves. “It’s time for serious collective introspection,” the AG noticed.
Hearings in civil issues generally linger on for generations, the AG mentioned, whereas in legal issues lack of correct investigation and insufficient prosecution carry consolation to perpetrators of crimes.
Likewise, in white collar crimes, faulty investigation and prosecution, lack of impartiality and arbitrariness assist perpetrators go themselves off as victims of a flawed accountability course of.
The true victims of those crimes are the folks of Pakistan whose billions are siphoned off and locked in overseas accounts and belongings, the AG emphasised.
Khalid Jawed mentioned solely a very impartial judiciary may very well be the final word custodian of the nation’s rights and liberties. The institutional independence of the judiciary must be jealously guarded and there will be no higher guarantor of its independence than a united courtroom with a sturdy Bar standing by it.
The AG mentioned true energy lies in unity, citing a quote from Abraham Lincoln: “A House divided against itself cannot stand.”
The AG mentioned the lifetime of a decide was scrutinised in public glare and examined on the touchstone of the summit of human qualities.
“Trying on the Supreme Court docket, I can vouch for the truth that the larger is the energy of the character, the larger has been the worldly travails and but at any time when considered one of you has been examined, the steel has refused to bend.
“It gives me immense pride to be standing before judges of such sterling character and integrity.”
Referring to the difficulty of transparency within the strategy of judges’ appointment, the lawyer common mentioned the current mechanism supplied beneath Article 175A of the structure envisaged a collaborative course of entrusting the judiciary and the parliament with the duty of appointment of judges to superior courts.
“As a member of the Judicial Commission, I can personally vouch for the fact that the proceedings of the commission under the chairmanship of Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed are absolutely democratic,” the AG mentioned. “A full, frank and robust discussion takes place and all members present their views with passion.”
Abid Saqi, Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), pleaded with the apex courtroom to intervene for safeguarding basic rights and freedom of the press.
Mr Saqi emphasised that judicial appointments play a crucial position in successful the nation’s belief and confidence within the judiciary.
Syed Qalb-i-Hassan, who heads the Supreme Court docket Bar Affiliation (SCBA), requested the Supreme Court docket to pay attention to the “calculated marketing campaign being waged towards worthy judges of the apex courtroom and their relations, notably towards Justice Qazi Faez Isa, on social media.
“Such campaigns should not go unnoticed and unchecked. We expect that the applications filed with the Supreme Court for review of the judgement in Justice Isa case will be taken up for hearing at an early date,” the SCBA chief mentioned.
Printed in Daybreak, September 15th, 2020