...all persons, institutions and entities, public and private, including the state itself, are accountable to just, fair and equitable laws and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law” (UN General Assembly, 2013: 1). Like many others, I reflect upon the above quoted resolution of the UN General Assembly, where to me the rule of law, justice and human rights protection appear elusive in this country because there remain numerous problems such as lack of adequate resources, judicial conservatism, huge backlogs of cases leading to long delays, inefficiency of staff, inaccessibility to the poor litigant public.

However, any future reform agenda, if any, must pay particular attention to positioning the judiciary as active agents of change and modernising the adversarial justice system, among others but who cares in this country because dispensing inexpensive and expeditious justice to the litigant public as enshrined and guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan, is not the priority of our ruling elites in Pakistan.


Islamabad, March 14.