Constitution empowers judiciary to ensure its independence with a view to provide justice to masses: SC judge

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court’s Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani on Thursday said that the Constitution of Pakistan 1973 accords an exalted position to the Judiciary to ensure its independence with a view to provide justice to the people.

Addressing at a ‘Roll Signing Ceremony’ at Supreme Court building, he said judiciary, being a pivotal organ of the State, has to be strong enough to protect the Constitution and its core values. He said it has to ensure that each organ and institution remains within the parameters of its defined authority under the Constitution and Law.

This, he said would depend on the institutional and inner strength of judiciary. The inner strength, in turn, lies in the strength of character and professionalism of the persons manning the judiciary.

He said, being the custodian of the rights of the people, it is incumbent upon lawyers to ensure that at least in their area of concern i.e. administration of justice, that no effort is spared to provide easy access to justice to the litigants at all levels.

He said the responsibility of judges and members of the bar is to interpret the law and the Constitution. He said the role of the bar in the administration of justice is of critical importance. He said a strong bar provides strength to the judiciary and enables it to make independent decisions.

He said the judiciary has to ensure that each organ and institution remains within the parameters of its defined authority under the Constitution and Law. This would depend on the institutional and inner strength of judiciary.

He said no country can realize the dream of progress and prosperity for its people without following the route of the rule of law and supremacy of Constitution. “We need to imbibe this message in our blood, in our thought, in our action and be mindful that without this, our dreams would remain dreams and hopes mere hopes”, he added.