KARACHI - Pasban-e-Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor on Friday said: “Justice is must for making a better Pakistan and the huge backlog of pending cases in courts is a matter of grave concern”.

In a statement, he said that as per, the statistics of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan as many as 1,873,085 cases were pending in the apex and subordinate courts as of November 30, 2017.

He said that the apex judiciary has already been taking steps to streamline the justice system. He said that many decisions have already been taken in this regard, which were highly appreciated.

However, still there was an uphill task, and huge backlog of pending cases could be dealt with befitting strategies like filling all vacant posts of judges, extension in court timing, evening courts, and special courts on Saturdays and Sundays and closed holidays, he said.

He said that the existing laws about arbitration should be fully implemented, so as to reduce workload from the already overburdened courts.

He said that the justice refers to the speediness along with prudence and wisdom observed in the final disposition of cases. He said that the many weaknesses in our justice system were the root cause of our failing society, and only by strengthening the justice system “We can strengthen our society,” he said.

He demanded improving education sector, especially the legal education. He regretted that the standard of many of our law colleges was not up to the mark and the process of training of young lawyers need a huge improvement. He said there was no system of producing quality paralegal staff in Pakistan, which was a prerequisite of a well-functioning justice system in any country.

He appealed to the apex judiciary that the process of judicial reforms at grass roots levels should be accelerated.