AS Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed his duty soon after midnight on Sunday, the two-year-long and unprecedented people's struggle for the restoration of the unconstitutionally removed judiciary reached its successful culmination. We welcome him and fellow judges back with all our heart on this momentous occasion in the history of the nation. Inevitably, the whole atmosphere is charged with feelings of relief and elation. Besides, the reinstatement marks a point of time when the people and certain political parties would begin to look up to the CJ and other restored judges for the realisation of their expectations. But it is quite natural under the circumstances that some expectations would be unduly high or even misplaced. Therefore, rather than getting disillusioned when they see little prospects of their fulfilment they had better weigh these wishes in light of the present context. It would be too much to expect that the CJ and his colleagues would, in any way, favour those who strove to have them back on the Benches with favourable decisions. There should also not be a taint of vengefulness against any party. In fact, they would be taking scrupulous care not to create such an impression. Justice unambiguously stipulates a fair trial irrespective of who the petitioner is. As the masterly saying, "justice should not only be done but also seem to be done" goes, they would be refraining even from hearing their cases. And since the restoration was a means to let the rule of law, which means justice, prevail in the country the citizen should be happy to see that happen. For in the dispensation of justice lies the solution of a host of our basic problems. This is no doubt a huge task involving a thorough shake-up of the subordinate courts and revamping of the existing judicial system. These courts are known to be dens of corruption and reeking with inefficiency. The judicial system, a British legacy, is replete with procedures that provide loopholes for endless postponements; the cause of justice suffers. Since the inception of Pakistan, the leadership has been holding out the promise of "justice at doorstep", without making any move to honour it. The CJ had been striving hard to clear the backlog of cases and one would hope that he would undertake across-the-board judicial reforms to streamline the system, removing dilatory practices and setting timeframe for the disposal of cases, eliminate corrupt practices to bring down the expenses a litigant has to incur. In this way, Chief Justice Chaudhry would have earned the abiding gratitude of the people and for him a place in history.