A country is judged by its institution, we have been overcome by rampant corruption in all our government run institutions. The people have been shouting from the rooftops, media is exposing he underbelly of all these corrupt institutions, but nothing seems to be improving. The Chief Justice seems like a person holding a cup of water in his hand, trying to put out the roaring fire of corruption in Pakistan. We are referring everything to him, as no one else is listening to the plea of the people. What service is being served by the President and Prime Minister, I fail to understand? Are they there only for foreign travels and attending functions?
I would like to shed some light on the lower courts and the procedures being followed there, it seems as if we are still in the eighteenth century, or maybe even that was better. Though everyone is asked to come to court at 8am, they have never head of time management presumably. The timing could be divided into three or four sections and the people could be divided and informed which time to come to be dealt with swiftly, instead of hundreds waiting all day long. If the ‘munshi’s’ are not educated the lawyers and judges definitely are, and so are the people sitting in the concerned ministry, but no one seems to be concerned with wasting the public’s time, as time has no value in Pakistan. Education has brought neither brought any difference to Pakistan, nor betterment in any procedure where government is concerned. The court staff do not seem to think that people are usefully employed and doing vital work, and need to be given definite hearing on definite day at a definite time. This is a computer era and most of the work in the world is carried out by electronic emails, such as giving information about the case, time of case hearing and other such procedures, but here when you step into the court , it seems as if you are in a large village. Even for hearing of statues, which has a mandatory time limit to make decisions, such as rent restriction ordinance or Illegal dispossession act, there is no dearth of cases which have taken longer to impart the information and the given time has already passed, making the whole case useless to both parties.
There are no fines on the authorities, whose duty is to pass the information on time. The courts, especially lower courts, have no full time stenos or typists and so in many final judgments, people find statements attributed to them which were never made. In many child support and divorce cases the staff display gross negligence and do not provide the upkeep of the child. May God help us. I challenge the assertion that there has been any improvement in our lower courts. Has anyone given any thought to the legal procedure that has been going on for the last sixty five years.
M SHAIKH,
Islamabad, October 20