ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Wednesday proposed that like other countries of the world there should be separate security force for the safety and protection of judges.
He was heading a three-judge bench that heard suo moto notice on indiscriminate firing and suicide attack on Islamabad District Court on 3rd March, which left 12 people including an additional sessions judge dead.
President Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA), Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani, as per the directions of the apex court submitted nine recommendations on the report of Shaukat Siddiqui, a judge of Islamabad High Court. The court disagreed to some of them and asked the IHCBA president to reconsider them. The chief justice apprised Kiyani that they would consider his recommendations seriously and refer them to the secretary ministry of interior with the direction to file comments.
The bench on 7th April had directed the president IHCBA to peruse the report prepared by Justice Shaukat Siddiqui on Islamabad court attack in SC registrar office and submit his recommendations.
The president IHCBA recommended, "All the judges and lawyers shall be given disaster management and weapon trainings and after successful completion of the trainings arms licences should also be issued." The bench, however, turned it down and said, "Judges and lawyers don't need weapons, as rule of law is their weapon."
The chief justice said, "We want Pakistani society free of arms and you want arms licences for judges and lawyers." Justice Azmat Sheikh remarked that the lawyers were already trained, adding there should be disaster management training.
The IHCBA president further proposed that the lawyers and their families should be treated in government hospitals free of cost and the federal government should direct the relevant authorities to make necessary arrangement in that regard on permanent basis.
Justice Azmat disagreeing to the suggestion said the bars funding should be spent on the life and health insurances of lawyers community instead of constructing buildings.
Kiyani also recommended that all police officials should be charged for their inefficiency and cowardliness through registration of criminal cases along with departmental action and the IHCBA body be allowed to get cases registered against those police officers who had not performed their duties. The court dismissed that proposal as well saying let the relevant authority should do it.
The apex court also disagreed to Kiyani's recommendation that the judges of district courts should be transferred immediately to other provinces, as there were some judges who had personal animosity, which was also cause of security issues. The court told him to approach the chief justice IHC regarding the matter.
The IHCBA president also proposed that the heirs of the deceased lawyers should be given Rs 10 million and the injured be given Rs 5 million as compensation.
The court directed the president Islamabad District Bar Council (IDBC) to examine the committee report in SC registrar office and give his proposals on the next hearing, and adjourned the case till April 15.