LAHORE On the second day of the three-day international conference on 'Justice for All and Impunity For None organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan here Saturday, the speakers blamed colonial legacy for denial of justice to Pakistanis. Senior Judge of the Lahore High Court Sheikh Azmat Saeed Saturday said that legal justice system in the country has not yet delivered according to the expectation of the masses. The fault for that does not lie in the judiciary or that it does not have will to deliver but in the archaic system which in the 21st century is being run through the tools of the 19th century, said Justice Azmat Saeed while speaking at the chair of the second session on second day of the three-day International Conference on 'Justice for All and Impunity For None organised by Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan here Saturday. On the subject of the day Justice and Impunity: Its portrayal by the Media, Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani, who presided over the first session, senior jurist and co-chair, Abid Hassan Minto, former President SCBA Munir A Malik, Journalists Hamid Mir, Absar Alam, and Ayaz Amir, Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, Soli Sorabjee of India, and Paikiasothy Saravanamutta also spoke to the gathering also comprising foreign delegates from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, UK and Afghanistan. Justice Azmat Saeed keeping the restrictions imposed by the call of his office while putting together various points in the context of the subject said that elected government and the democratic one differ in their implications and this is independent press and the judiciary which assimilate the two into one to orientate the government to deliver to the cause of the masses. Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jilani while dilating upon the present day need of the peace said that in an age of global interdependence and in the wake of 9/11 and the rhetoric of so-called clash of civilisation, medias role has assumed added dimension. At the socio-political plane, he said, forces of cohesion and divisiveness are working on the people religiously, culturally and politically. These divisive forces need to be tampered with for the sake of avoiding greater instability, mayhem and chaos and this could be done through strengthening the institutions of interdependence and by inculcating the global values, by shunning intolerance and promoting co-existence, empathy and peace. In the context of Pakistan ties with the neighbouring India, he said millions have suffered in the wars in communal conflicts, and in pursuit of lopsided priorities. He said if countries in Europe could learn to live in peace after two deadliest wars in human history, why cannot we resolve mutual conflicts and thereby channelise our resources for promoting peace and for socio-economic uplift of the people. He also made a mention of the peace programme initiated by two media groups of Pakistan and India under the banner of Aman Ki Asha and said it is the classic example of the initiative to promote peace. Justice Jilani also recited from poem of Indian poet Javed Akhtar which negated boundaries between India and Pakistan for the birds but was forcing the people on both the sides to live within boundaries despite being superior to birds. Senior Jurist Abid Hassan Minto in his address said we have a divided society where feudal lords and other under the guise of religion etc rule the subject overriding the authority of the Constitution and the democratic principles. He said it is because of the fact we inherited a colonial system where the feudals cherished exercise of their powers on the people instead of subjecting themselves to the power of the law. He said this also affect the democracy as such we could not have it in ideal form as yet and even the superior courts cannot help change that mindset. This, he added, is also a major bar on the access to justice for all. Religion is another factor dividing the society when western style democracy admits of secularism and we are stuck up between the two. He said we need openness to imbibe the spirit of democracy and rid the society of division and disparities. Ayaz Amir in his address picked flaws in the media and said it was going by different approach with regard to the region and people and mediamen are acting under the influence of powerful and tycoons in the society to promote their interests. Hamid Mir defended the media and said that it was the media which stood against dictator Pervez Musharraf at a time when the political leadership had taken shelter in Saudi Arabia and America. Munir A Malik said all the four institutions of the state including media, owed their allegiance to the Constitution but they all failed to protect the Constitution for which the colonial mindset is the reason which let the culture of impunity for the powerful stayed on. He said unless a complete obedience to the Constitution is ensured, the mindset and culture is hard to change.