ISLAMABAD: “Gone are the days when stability and security of the country was defined in terms of number of missiles and tanks as a manifestation of lethal power available at the disposal of the state.”This was stated by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry while addressing the undertraining officers of the National Institute of Management (NIM) in Islamabad on Monday.“Today, the concept of national security has been redefined as a polity wherein the state is bound to provide the citizens with comprehensive social security and welfare nets and to protect their natural and civil rights at all costs,” he stressed.The chief justice said the 1973 Constitution envisaged in detail many fundamental rights to the citizens. “ These rights, inter alia, include right of individual to be dealt with in accordance with law; security of person; safeguards to arrest and detention; right to fair trial; inviolability of dignity of man; freedom of movement, assembly, association, trade, business or profession, speech and information; freedom to profess the religion; protection of property rights; equality of citizens; right of education; safeguard against discrimination in service and last but not the least the promotion of social and economic well-being of the people.”Justice Iftikhar made it clear that the fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution have to be implemented in letter and spirit.“Primarily it is the duty of the state and to a large extent to the executive organ to ensure that these fundamental rights are not only freely available to the people but any denial of these rights is swiftly responded to and relief is provided to the citizens at a minimum cost. This is sine qua non of a truly independent and welfare state.” The CJP cited the need of additional resources to establish new courts at the district level to cater for increasing number of newly-instituted cases because of the rise in the population.He urged the young officers to work for Pakistan and not for any individual whether they are bosses or the political leaders. “You have to follow rules and regulations at all cost without fear or favour.”He quoted Quaid-e-Azam address to the state functionaries in Chittagong, “You have to do your duty as servants; you are not connected with this political or that political party; that is not your business."The chief justice advised them to take principle stand on the decisions based upon merit and do not entertain any extraneous pressure or influence which may result in faulty decision-making. “I assure you that you will find the superior courts of the country behind your back in cases where you are forced to make decision, which are not covered under the rules and are not in public interest,” he added.