ISLAMABAD - The Senate chairman and the chief justice of Pakistan discussed parliamentary committee’s role in the appointment of judges in the superior courts, said a press statement issued by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The parliamentary committee is constituted under Article 175 of the Constitution, for appointment of judges of superior courts.

The chief justice told the Senate chairman that he would soon hold a meeting with members of the parliamentary committee. Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani met the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, at the Supreme Court Building, here.

In the meeting, Justice Nisar and Rabbani discussed issues of interest relating to judicial reforms especially in the context of curtailing delays in the current justice system so as to ensure speedy and expeditious dispensation of justice to the public at large.

The meeting discussed in detail different aspects to bring the reforms and underlined the need to conduct workshops of experts for judicial reforms so as to get suggestions and input on different issues.

The chief justice thanked the chairman for sparing time and presented a souvenir as a token of respect and gesture of goodwill.

CONTINUITY OF SYSTEM TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRACY: RABBANI

Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani on Wednesday said that continuity of the democratic system was precursor to strengthening the foundation of democracy in the country.

He further said that it was, therefore, highly important to provide a chance for smooth transfer of powers from one civilian government to another in a peaceful and democratic manner to give democracy a chance to flourish.

In an exclusive interaction with senior journalists, columnists, anchor persons and analysts at the Parliament House, Rabbani opined that strong resilience and support on the part of the parliament, the people and the political stakeholders would help avert derailment of the democratic system.

While answering questions, the Senate chairman observed that the young generation needed to be given the realisation that democracy was never a bed of roses and it was due to the continuous struggle of the civil society, the labour class and the political workers that upheld democracy and were subjected to brutalities in the shape of imprisonments, death by hangings and lashes.

He however, emphasised that efforts and struggle for continuity of the democratic system must also be preserved.

Regarding the philosophy behind establishing the Senate Museum, the senate chairman said that in addition to the previous initiatives of Gali-e-Dastoor and Monument of Unsung Heroes of Democracy, the museum would further help in creating awareness among the masses for the democratic struggle.

He said that the Senate had its own history and it was highly imperative for any society or institution to know its history to progress and prosper. 

The senate chairman said that institutions could not live and grow without their history.

He further said that their democratic process was passing through a transitionary phase but continuity of the system was panacea to all the ills that democracy was facing.

The senate chairman later on accompanied the senior journalists and briefed them about various dioramas of the museum.