Mohammad Akram Sheikh Since the beginning of human life, individuals, families, tribes, societies and countries have experienced interaction with law to one extent or another. It is impossible to ascertain whether the very concept and ideology of law was first conceived by humans or it came from nature or any divine source. Mankind is living paradoxically with the concept of law since time immemorial and is unable to do without law despite many wrongs done by it in the name of law and justice. Law is used by human beings for peaceful development and governance of their affairs. Contribution of law and its necessity in human development is enormous. Individual and collective human activity in the contemporary world cannot afford to ignore the fundamentals of law. Unprecedented interaction of various countries and societies is taking mankind into a new era where human rights and international and national trade laws, in particular, are leading to the emergence of supra state legal norms in the form of countless treaties, conventions, and other United Nations based instruments with varying degrees of legal and moral authority. Growth and development of new international norms in many areas is affecting the lives of billions of people around the world and is directly affecting the legal systems of all states. All legal systems vary in macro and micro details. The fundamental objective of law is to protect rights, provide justice in accordance with respective legal and constitutional system, and promote peace and tolerance. The United Nations Charter and Declaration of Human Rights serve as common consensus for the overwhelming majority of states and this international phenomenon is unprecedented in the recorded history of mankind. The Pakistani legal system, which seeks to adhere to international civilised legal norms, is based on British common law heritage. The people of Pakistan expect the superior courts to provide them the perfect panacea for all ills directly affecting their lives originating either from state functionaries or from common wrongdoers. The law and legal administration of justice do not operate in a vacuum. Law provides state-sponsored protection to human rights and the concept of the rule of law and justice merely exists in law books and judgments of courts, failing to reach the common man. The Pakistani nation lacks the courage to speak the truth, to give truthful evidence, to point out corruption by a son, daughter, father or mother, to vote for honest people, to reject intolerance, to decline accepting illegal instructions of a superior, to promote merit, to denounce extremism, and to protect the weak. With many human incapacities and inherent weaknesses in our society, we expect law to work as a magical iconic messiah to save us and help us get rid of the many social diseases that plague our society. This author has spent almost three and a half decades in the profession of law and can say with confidence that there is nothing wrong with the synthetic or natural phenomenon of law. Law, courts of law and rule of law work satisfactorily, if the people decide to respect the core ethos of morality on which laws are conceived. If they decide that the laws are majestic, then blame cannot be shifted to the failure of administration of justice. The Pakistani nation has since the country's creation, whether governed by khakis or civilians, always worked hard to demolish the core ethos of law with full vigour. It seems to have decided not to promote the culture of respect for the law at any level; the society is, therefore, failing to establish the rule of law and justice for all. The contemporary institutions of the State are merely an embodiment and representative of the peoples will. So, whatever we are facing today is because of our fragmented and paradoxical societal values. Laws made by human beings may be good or bad and can be changed and modified, according to the needs of society at any point in time; but if any society is not ready to accept and make peace with the very existence of law, then that society is bound to face the kind of chaos which we all are living in today. The prevalent chaos is the natural culmination of rejection and disgrace shown by the people and society at large to the very concept of law. The enforcement of law and civility cannot be attained through courts, lawyers, judges and the litigating parties. That is only one part and the other major part is to see how people and society at large show the willingness to accept the very basis of law, as a substitute to their own desire to impose their will on others without any justification. It is quite interesting to note that people in general complain about the absence of rule of law, but are not themselves ready to follow the law. The merciless chaotic traffic flowing in the cities is illustrative of the symptoms of rejection of law by the people. To enable it to join the club of civilised nations, the Pakistani people need to be reminded of the old saying, "what you sow so shall you reap." If the people continue to flaunt laws, then they must not expect justice to prevail in their lives. The writer is a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Email: