LAHORE - Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and other judges of the court yesterday hoisted flag on the LHC building to celebrate the Independence Day.

It was a simple but graceful flag hoisting ceremony on the eve of 69th Independence Day of Pakistan. Addressing the ceremony, CJ Shah said that the nation was grateful to the Father of Nation, Quid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who put efforts for this beloved country.

“It is unfortunate that we have done nothing for this country but now we have to promise with this nation to deliver justice in time,” the chief justice stated.

“Work has already been started to achieve this goal,” he said, adding that physical audit of all cases in the Lahore High Court and district courts is done.

“Judges will give the gift of freedom to the people of Pakistan by providing quality and speedy justice.” The CJ also praised the district courts which canceled the summer holidays and was working hard.

He further expressed that the high court would also supervise ex-cadre courts and would review all cases pending in theses courts. The ex-cadre courts including Anti-Corruption, ATC, Banking, Labour, FIA, Consumer Court would be established in all the divisions of the Punjab, he added.

CJ Shah further informed that special benches were being established in LHC for hearing of cases from Sargodha, Faisalabad, DG Khan, Gujranwala and Sahiwal division.

He said they (judges) must follow the principals of Muhammad Ali Jinnah - ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’ - to strengthen this institution.

Vowing to abolish adhocism and ‘parchi system’ from judiciary, CJ Shah promised to make the judiciary most transparent and exemplary institution.

He said that lawyers were an important part of judicial system. “People have huge expectations from them (lawyers),” he added while requesting the lawyers work to hard along with the judiciary.

He also pledged his support to the Balochistan judiciary. LHC judges, officers and staff graced the ceremony. Chief Justice met all the officers and staff and wished them the Independence Day.