ISLAMABAD - PPP co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari on Friday called for reforms in the justice system.

He also congratulated Barrister Syed Ali Zafar on his election as Supreme Court Bar Association President calling also for reforms in the justice system. Zafar backed by Asma Jahangir group was elected the SCBA President on Thursday.

In a message, Zardari said the continued neglect of reforms will only increase people’s alienation from the institutions responsible for dispensing justice and eventually from the state itself.

He said that lawyers as members of the larger legal fraternity had played a key role in upholding the rule of law and constitutionalism and orderly, peaceful and democratic elections in this highest elected body of the lawyers was an encouraging omen for the democratic processes in the country.

Zardari said that the lawyers will continue to play their important role not only in upholding rule of law and constitutionalism but also in reforming the justice system in the country.

“It is important that top priority is accorded to reforming the criminal justice system in the country and the lawyers’ community is best placed to raise their powerful voice in its support,” he said.

The former president also welcomed the recent decision of the Senate to convert itself in to a Committee of the Whole to debate the issue and play a role in providing speedy and inexpensive justice to the people.

The newly elected SCBA together with the Senate Committee of the Whole has an opportunity to lead upfront the struggle for judicial reforms.

Zardari also asked the newly elected President SCBA to convey his greetings to other elected office bearers of the Association on their election.