LAHORE - The Chief Justice of Pakistan has said that corruption, mismanagement and the general careless attitude towards the laws of the land have brought the country on the verge of collapse.

It was very sad that we could not build Pakistan in accordance with the vision of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and great thinker Dr Allama Muhamamd Iqbal, CJP Anwar Zaheer Jamali said yesterday.

He was addressing a dinner-ceremony jointly hosted by Pakistan Bar Council and Lahore High Court Bar Association in his honour at the lawn of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday.

LHC Chief Justice Ijazul Ahsan and all the judges of the high court, law officers, office bearers of the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Bar Association and Lahore High Court Bar Association were present on the occasion.

Many nations which got independence after Pakistan had become the developed nations due to proper planning and execution of those plans but Pakistan was still very far from the real destination, he observed. “Allah almighty has bestowed Pakistan with huge resources.”

The chief justice said that a common citizen does not like to follow even a traffic signal and feels humiliation while waiting for it. “We as individuals do not fulfil our responsibilities and always try to find ways of plundering.”

Justice Anwar said that unfortunately poverty, illiteracy, huge population and lawlessness are the dominant issues of the state. Many people do not pay taxes and bills for water, gas and electricity, he added. He said that no saviour would come from the heaven to steer the country out of crises, “it is the time for unity. We should not be afraid of accountability and must try our best to maintain the supremacy of law”.

The CJP said the constitution not only bounds us to safeguard the rights but also requires us to discharge our duties. “We are not meant to destroy the system; we are here to make it stronger,” he added. He said if Pakistanis get united they could become world’s best nation within a decade. SCBA president Syed Ali Zafar and other leaders also spoke on the occasion.