CHINIOT - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said that Pakistani judiciary had become a symbol of judicial activism for the protection of Constitution and basic rights among the global community of Jurists as a result of historic movement led by the lawyers community for the restoration of judiciary.

He was addressing a cheque distribution ceremony among Tehsil and District Bar Association Presidents which was organized by the Punjab Bar Council here the other night.

Earlier, Punjab Bar Council Vice President Malik Ghulam Abbas recalled that the lawyers of Chiniot had played a leading role in movement for the restoration judiciary and one of its members resorted to self-immolation against sacking of chief justice in 2007.

He also announced a residential colony for lawyers in Chiniot district, saying that the Punjab government through the Lahore High Court (LHC) had handed over the grant money to the PbBC for distribution among tehsil and district bars across the province. He pointed out that a total of Rs17.5 million grant had been distributed to bars in Faisalabad division which included four districts - Chiniot, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad.

Speaking on the occasion, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial  said that the judges were the custodians of Constitution and they prefer taking constitutional decisions instead of popular decisions.

The chief justice recalled that he went to Hague in International Court of Justice for a training course where witnessed the global community appreciating the historical movement of restoration of Judiciary in 2007, adding that “they (Global Community) complemented us as symbol of judicial independence in the world.” Pakistan got fame in this context due to active participation of the lawyer community.

The chief justice emphasized on the need for smooth relations between the bench and bar for to improve the quality as well as timely dispensation of justice.

Lawyers are custodians of constitutional values in our society and they should respect the Judges,” he advised.

Justice Bandial also announced recruitment of new judges to overcome the shortage of judicial officers in newly formed Chiniot district.

Earlier, Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) President Shahrom Sarwar, District Bar Association President Sabir Ali Shah and General Secretary Fazal Hussain Kalroo also addressed the ceremony and thanked the KHC CJ for provision of grants.

Later, cheques were distributed to the Bars presidents.

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