In order to clear huge backlog of pending cases, the Chief Justice issued instructions to the subordinate judiciary to decide by May 31 all cases pending for more than two years. The purpose of setting the target date was to dispense speedy justice to the litigants as, according to the trite legal maxim, 'justice delayed is justice denied'. However, this well-intended decision has not only been circumvented but at times exploited by advocates and some officials of lower courts, specifically in the rural areas of Sindh. In most of the cases the lawyers advised their clients to withdraw their cases, assuring them that after the expiry of the target date, i.e. May 31, the cases would be readmitted and their clients would be in a better position to get a positive decision. With this strategy, not only the target fixed by the Supreme Court was achieved but the complainants who had done a favour to the court by withdrawing their cases were paid back in the shape of judgments favourable to them. In this process of collaboration between the lawyers and the lower courts complainants with genuine grievances have suffered irreparably. Some parties which did not withdraw their cases suffered grievously as their cases were dismissed on one pretext or the other. The fact that court cases prolong indefinitely is not without any motive. It is mainly on account of collusion between the bench and the members of the bar, who are more interested in dragging the cases. Sadly, during hearing some of the judges, in civil matter, instead of calling the parties to submit the required evidences/documents to enable the court to proceed expeditiously, call their lawyers to their chambers where lawyers seek new dates which they intimate to their clients. The Chief Justice should order inspection of all those cases, which were shown as disposed of by the lower judiciary at the close of target date, i.e. May 31. Moreover, a directive should also be issued for expeditious disposal of pending cases on merit. ZOHAIB AHMED, Shahdadpur, June 5.