CJ in address to Senate: elected representatives answerable to people

ISLAMABAD : Addressing to Senate for the first time in country’s history, Chief Justice of Pakistan said the elected representatives are answerable to the people and that the requirements of the mandate must be fulfilled۔It is for the first time that any Chief Justice has addressed to the Senate in country’s history. Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said while addressing the Senate on judicial reforms that this visit is one step of a series to strengthen the importance of institutions.He said he has presented recommendation for cheap and quick justice because the constitution has explained the state’s bounds and limits in details and the constitutional structure dictates transfer of authority to the public.He said the elected representatives are answerable to the people but regrettably the requirements of the mandate are not being fulfilled.The Chief Justice said the process of supremacy of law plays a crucial role in keeping the state alive. “We all are followers of the law and not of an individual”, he said. “All citizens have equal rights under the constitution.”

He said in his address that policies of the state must be in line with the wishes of the people, adding that they have to ensure the supremacy of the law and that the government must provide a conducive environment for it.“The supremacy of law is an inevitable need because the country’s future depends on it”, he added.He said all factions of society must have access to the law. “We all are on same page on supremacy of the law”, he said.Justice Jamali said there is no system to measure the performance and comments, adding that the supervision to check the quality of the justice delivered is also lacking.


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