Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhamad Chaudhry has said that progress was not possible without ensuring rule of law in the country.

Speaking at Mityai Bar on Saturday, The CJ said that it was incumbent upon the judiciary to work for the basic rights of the people and it could discharge its duties if an independent bar stood by it.

Justice Chaudhry said that the bar has a vital role in dispensation of speedy justice, adding that the judiciary has been putting utmost efforts to fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities.

The country’s top judge maintained that no institution was allowed to intervene in the affairs of others.

The CJ called on the judges not to compromise on delivering justice and they should not delay the process.

Supremacy of law, he said, could be ensured only if law is applied indiscriminately.

The chief justice said that judges could not discharge their duties properly without the independence of judiciary. He said that the constitution guarantees wide-range powers to superior judiciary.

He lauded the role played by lawyers for the restoration of constitution. He said that the movement launched for the independence of judiciary was unprecedented.

“Judiciary is doing its level best to fulfill its constitutional obligations. People’s confidence in judiciary is increasing day by day,” he said.