KARACHI- Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Thursday stated that democracy and assemblies were flourishing due to the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.

“A huge responsibility has been put on the shoulders of legal fraternity to uphold the Constitution,” he added. He expressed these views when a delegation of Sindh Bar Council comprising Vice-President GM Abbasi, Mehmood-ul-Hassan, Muhammad Aaqil, Khalid Mumtaz and other senior lawyers called on him.

The chief justice stated that black coat, black tie and black camera had played an important role in ensuring rule of law.  He said that freedom of expression is the right of every person in the democracy. The chief justice said, “If old mistakes are not repeated, it would strengthen the system.” Talking to the media after the meeting, Karachi Bar Council Secretary General Khalid Mumtaz stated that matters regarding lower courts were discussed during the meeting. He added that steps taken for the speedy justice according to the National Judicial Policy were also discussed.

Meanwhile, delegations of Bar Associations of Malir, Kotri, Nawabshah, Hyderabad and Sanghar called on him on Thursday in Supreme Court Branch Registry, Karachi.

Talking to the members of delegations, the CJ said, “Security and safety of every one lies in rule of law.” The members of the bars appreciated the CJ’s struggle and efforts for the rule of law which was unique in the history. They reposed their trust and confidence in the leadership of the chief justice. They assured the chief justice of their full support and cooperation. They expressed the hope that the administration of justice under his leadership and motivation would continue to deliver expeditious justice to the litigants. They said that the public had reposed great confidence in the judiciary.

The delegation informed that the movement for rule of law, supremacy of the Constitution and independence of the judiciary had instilled a new spirit and provided a common platform to lawyers to cooperate with one another for larger good of the society.