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Judiciary restored, work still pending: Asma

11 February, 2011

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LAHORE: The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir has said that since long, the judiciary had been restored but still most of the work promised during the lawyers’ historical movement, is still left to be done.

She said that even Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had said that complete justice was not being done and the SCBA was aware and striving to achieve the goal set during the movement.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday she said that the SCBA would hold a seminar on February 12, to highlight real issues and their solutions. Briefing about this programme she said the topic of the seminar is, Dispensation of Justice Challenges ahead.

The other topics of the seminar include, `Key Legal Reforms, Public Interest Litigation-Protection of Rights, Judicial Policy: It’s weaknesses and strengths and Accountability of Lawyers and Judges.’ In the session of this seminar, the CJP and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will be the chief guests. She said that in the seminar we should discuss key legal reforms, public interest litigation, protection of rights, weaknesses and strengths of national judicial policy and accountability of lawyers and judges. She said that jurist and lawyers’ representatives from all provinces will attend the seminar who will express their views.

Asma Jahangir said that holding a seminar on these issues was a serious and constructive step and nobody should take it as criticism. She said it was the responsibility of the bar to point out weaknesses in judicial system and to give suggestions in order to improve the system.

She asserted that the difference of opinion between the bar and the bench was a good thing but the basic principle was to get justice. She said both judges and lawyers should take responsibility and apply self-accountability to uphold their values and to provide justice to the people.

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