ISLAMABAD - Welcoming the deposed judges of superior courts to pre-Nov 3, 2007 position, President Asif Ali Zardari said that he would always bow before the judges no matter whether he was the President of Pakistan or an ordinary person. Addressing on the occasion of farewell dinner he hosted in honour of outgoing Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hamid Dogar, President Asif Ali Zardari paid glowing tributes to Justice Abdul Hamid Dogar for his meritorious services rendered to the judiciary of the country and wished him all the success in life. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naek, Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fahmida Mirza, Federal Ministers, Supreme Court Judges, Services Chiefs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Parliamentarians and senior government officials also attended the function held at Aiwan-i-Sadr on Friday. President Zardari said, "Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar has laid down his judicial robes at the end of a long and eventful career in the judiciary spanning over many long years" and added, "I wish to commend Chief Justice Dogar and wish him good luck in his future life." Referring to the restoration of deposed judges as a result of long struggle President Zardari said that they welcomed all the restored judges to their pre-Nov. 3, 2007 positions and added that their restoration should be seen as another step in the evolutionary process of strengthening the institutions. President Asif Ali Zardari said, "It is time to forget the past. It is time to move on and look forward and build on what has been achieved." President Zardari said, "We have witnessed our state institutions repeatedly receiving blows from interventions. But we have also witnessed them bouncing back and emerging stronger after every blow. It has been our vision that the institutions should grow and gain strength through evolution and continuity". "Our vision may not have been shared by all and some were even critical," President said and added, "This is the price leaders have to pay." Addressing the judges of the apex court he said, "My lords, you have seen me appearing and bowing before you in the courts. Today as I stand here as the President of Pakistan I once again bow before the majesty of your lordships," and added, "I continue to bow before the lordships no matter what is station in life, and whatever the age and clime." Speaking on the occasion the outgoing Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar said that whatever he did as a Judge he did keeping in view the best interests of justice and the country. He said that retirement was a fact of life and every one had to retire some day. Online adds: Chief Justice of Pakistan Abdul Hameed Dogar spent his last day at the Supreme Court on Friday, a private TV channel reported. Although officially Justice Dogar will be retiring on March 21 (today) but due to Saturday and Sunday holiday of the SC, he held farewell meetings with all the judges of the apex court and staff on his last day at the SC. The report also quoted sources as saying that Justice Dogar also vacated his official residence. Restored Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry will assume his charge on 24 March (Tuesday) as Monday (March 23) is a public holiday on account of Pakistan Day. It may be mentioned here that Justice Dogar assumed responsibilities on November 3, 2007 after Iftikhar Chaudhry was deposed by former President Pervez Musharraf after proclaiming emergency.