LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on Saturday made it clear that allegations that the judiciary was being influenced by highly effective quarters don’t sit properly with him.
During a heated speech at in Lahore held in reminiscence of the late human rights activist and trailblazing lawyer Asma Jahangir, he careworn that his court docket has by no means accepted stress from anybody, nor will it ever achieve this.
Gulzar appeared to lose his endurance at fixed allegations of partiality in opposition to the judiciary.
Responding to a speech by veteran lawyer Ali Ahmed Kurd, by which Kurd had accused the courts of not working independently, the highest choose lashed again: “I have never [taken dictation from] any institution and have never been under pressure from anyone.”
“No one has ever told me what judgement I need to hand down and no one has dared to dictate me on my orders,” the nation’s prime choose stated.
“No one has interfered in my work — I have made my decisions according to my understanding and as per the Constitution and law.”
Seemingly making an oblique reference to the latest controversy involving former chief justice Saqib Nisar and ex-chief choose of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim, CJP Gulzar Ahmed stated, “I have not taken anyone’s dictation till today and my fellow judges follow the same conduct. No one can say that I have taken dictation.”
The visibly indignant choose insisted that the courts have been working in accordance with the legislation and that Supreme Court judges have been striving to serve justice to the folks.
“When decisions are handed down, some people say they are right and some say they are wrong. These are the people’s opinions and they have the right to hold them. Everyone has their own opinion and perspective, and it must be respected.”
“This is the beauty of the judiciary and democracy and we will follow it,” he said. “Nobody can dare cease us.”
However, variations of opinion don’t permit any social gathering to accuse the courts of being below stress, the nation’s prime choose underlined.
“Our court is free to take decisions and it does what it wants freely. Our court hears each party to a case and holds them accountable,” he added.
“Tell us which decision was taken on someone’s dictation — it simply isn’t so, so stop creating these misgivings among the people,” he warned.
“Do not misguide the people, do not spread chaos, do not shake people’s trust in the [state’s] institutions,” he continued in his sharp rebuke.
“There is rule of legislation in Pakistan, not some particular person’s. We will proceed to work the way in which we’ve got been.
“We will help and promote the Constitution, legislation and democracy within the nation and we is not going to settle for any undemocratic setup. We will stop [if forced to do so] and we’ve got finished this earlier than.
“That should be enough for today,” he concluded.