LAHORE - Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said the Supreme Court is striving to stamp out corruption and ensure good governance through better accountability and transparency. The socio-economic inequality has been growing and destabilising the fabric of society because of corruption that is widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, said the CJP while addressing large gathering of the judges, lawyers bar representatives from all over the county, including Fata and AJK, at a seminar titled Dispensation of Justice-Challenges Ahead organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association here at on Saturday. He said to uphold the rule of law; the SC decided a number of cases of public importance in various natures in the last few years. In pursuance of the judicial order, billions of rupees have been recovered and deposited with the national exchequer, the CJP said citing the cases of Bank of Punjab, Rental Power Projects and National Insurance Company Limited. On the accountability of judges, the CJP said although vast majority of judges is honest, hardworking, and intelligent, some may be induced or influenced therefore accountability in the judiciary is sine qua non (necessary) to eliminate corruption. The constitution binds the state to reduce, the CJP said, adding that the state organs executive, legislature, and judiciary are sovereign and supreme within their specific sphere of functioning and they remain confined to their areas of operation and that a check remains on interjection from one on other. And if it happens, the judiciary has been empowered to act as referee, he maintained. The CJP laid stress on evolving a well thought out strategy to steer the country out of crisis in a smooth and cohesive manner. Peace is not the absence of war but it is the presence of justice, he said, adding that democracy is not merely holding of election but it is a multidimensional concept, epitomising human dignity, tolerance, equality and due process of law. Toleration of dissent or opposite viewpoint is also the hallmark of Islamic culture, he added. Under the constitutional framework, he said, the responsibility of the judiciary has become multifaceted to maintain a steady course, and move forward in realising the state objectives of national stability, consolidation, peace, tranquillity and taking strides in achieving economic growth, social progress and political stability. Picture on Page 3; Asma calls for end to state terrorismPage 13