MULTAN-Time has come for all the institutions to talk to one another with open heart and mind, as it is the only way to find out sustainable solutions to problems faced by the country.
Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah underlined while addressing a symposium organised by Multan bench of LHC in connection with the sesquicentennial (150 years) celebrations of LHC here the other day. The Honourable CJ elaborated that besides bar and bench, the civil administration also has a very important role. “The time has come for all the institutions to work with a missionary zeal, coordination and national passion to get an ordinary citizen of the country rid of problems and pain,” he declared.
He said that initiatives are being taken to make up for the shortage of judges, introduce IT system in judicial work and decrease the shelf life of cases. “But all these efforts are futile, if we fail to decide the cases quickly,” he pointed out, adding that the lawyers and judges are working very hard but the people would only get satisfied when their cases would be decided quickly.
He said that he always kept forth transparency and merit. “We’ve devised a new formula for the appointment of judges and they are appointed on merit after getting nominations from the bars,” he added. He said that the personal issues of individuals should not come into the way of progress of institutions. “If there is no institution, we’ll be no entity,” he noted. He said that “we all were duty-bound to strive for the uplift and honour of the judiciary.” He said that the motive behind holding this activity is to create an opportunity to sit together and develop vision for future. “Our first and foremost duty is to sit and hold the hearing of cases. People bring their cases to us and we have to give verdicts fearlessly,” he added.
He said that the motive behind holding sesquicentennial celebrations of LHC is to make the masses realise that an active judiciary is there to protect the rights of the residents of the province. He emphasised that bar and bench are two integral parts of the law system and dispensation of justice is not possible without bar. The CJ said that he is very happy to see a big participation of lawyers from Vehari, Jatoi, Alipur and other tehsils. He expressed his gratitude to the lawyers and civil society for supporting his initiatives, saying it is not just his institution rather it is the institution of all including lawyers, former judges, district judiciary and civil society.
Shedding light on the history of the LHC, he said that the historic institution begun its journey from 1866 and A.A. Robert was appointed first Judicial Commissioner of the court constituted under Chief Court Act. He said that the institution was renamed as High Court in 1919 but it begun from 1866. He said that the construction of the LHC building reflected Muslim, Christian and Hindu cultures which not only expresses inter-faith harmony but also disseminates the message that the honourable court dispenses justice to all irrespective of colour, creed or race. He said that the LHC and its benches in Multan, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur discharge their obligations in light of 1973 constitution. “Institutions matters and not the individuals. The Bar, Bench and judges are my hands and arms. We’ll give decisions on basis of justice. This is our history and this is our future,” he asserted.
Earlier, the senior most judge of LHC Mr. Justice Shahid Hameed Dar, Justice Syed Muhammad Kazim Raza Shamsi and others also spoke on the occasion.