ISLAMABAD - Without fair and effective judiciary one can hardly imagine good governance, said Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani while addressing the delegation of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) here on Thursday.

Around 50 officers of PAF Air War College, Karachi, met the Chief Justice of Pakistan in the Supreme Court building here.

The CJP said: "In the contemporary age, nations have collapsed not on account of foreign invasion but on account of mal-governance." He said in order to achieve the desired objectives all three pillars of State - Legislature, Executive and Judiciary - have to function harmoniously and within the limits prescribed by the Constitution maintaining the balance of trichotomy of power.

The College imparts training not just to local officers but also to the officers from several other friendly countries including Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and, UAE, etc.

The chief justice gave an exhaustive account of the successive crises, political instability and constitutional breakdown, and the role played by the Supreme Court in dealing with those situations. He said: "In the past the Court had to tread to minimize the duration of constitutional deviation or aberration, so as to restore the constitutional as well as the democratic system of governance in the country."

Justice Jillani informed the delegation that the Court, in the aftermath of victorious Restoration Movement, embarked on the task of ensuring full and complete adherence to the norms of constitution, supremacy of law and maintenance of rule of law in the society.

A unique jurisdiction conferred by the Constitution on the Supreme Court is the exercise of powers for deciding cases of violation of fundamental rights of the citizen involving issues of public importance.

"The Court has never hesitated to use its powers for putting an end to the exercise of arbitrary authority by the Executive or passing illegal or discriminatory orders," he said.

Appreciating the role played by the officers, the chief justice said the heavy responsibility of defending the country primarily lies on valiant Armed Forces and in this endeavour, the nation is fully behind them.

He said there is a broad consensus that the core principles of good governance are participation, fairness, decency, accountability, transparency and efficiency. These goals are achieved through functional institutions and it is the judiciary, which ensures that each institution works within the parameters of law.

The manner in which the institutions function and justice is dispensed plays a vital role in the economic development of a country. Upholding property rights, enforcing contracts between economic actors, checking abuses of government power are various facets of enforcement of the rule of law.

Quoting the Quaid-i-Azam's address to the Air Force Officers, Risalpure, Justice Tassaduq Jillani hoped the PAF officers would continue to perform their sacred duty under the mandate of law and demonstrate the spirit worthy of their calling.

The chief justice said the Constitution assigns the Supreme Court a unique responsibility of maintaining harmony and balance between the three pillars of the State. The Supreme Court is the apex of country's judicial system and is the Court of ultimate jurisdiction.