No anchor or TV show can sabotage pledge rule of law : CJ
QUETTA: The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, has said that no one can sabotage their pledge for democracy and supremacy of the law through any anchorperson or TV programme.
He noted that they were keeping the pledge for the independence of the judiciary, supremacy of the law and democracy, and would always keep it alive.The chief justice expressed these views during a reception given in his honour by the Supreme Court Bar Association, Balochistan, Balochistan High Court Bar Association and Council here on Monday.
Justice Jillani said that that the regular bench of the Supreme Court would be visiting Balochistan, whereas no neglect would be carried out regarding dispensation of justice.
The CJP stated that the SC is the apex court of the country. “If we give wrong rulings in the Supreme Court, we will be held accountable for all of these unjustified verdicts before Allah Almighty, whose court is the most supreme. We’ll have to be answerable to Him,” he said.
Justice Jillani further said that in the Holy Quran, the just rulings had been termed better than the worship of a thousand nights.With reference to the fears mentioned of criticism on judiciary, CJ Jillani assured that the programme of a TV anchor or any TV channel could not influence in any way their vow for independence of judiciary and supremacy of the law, and they would stand by their pledge for the law’ supremacy.
He added that after the 18th Amendment, his responsibilities in capacity of the chief justice had increased manifolds.Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said non-state actors were involved in terrorist activities and emphasised for effective imposition of law to curb these elements.
The chief justice said that the culture of intolerance needed to be eliminated. Non-state actors were damaging the image of Islam and lack of culture of tolerance was a cause of terrorism, he added.
He added that non-state actors were promoting terrorism in the country and it was these elements which distorted the image of Islam.According to the CJ, these elements had created a mindset which had to be changed. He added that a murder of any individual regardless of his religious beliefs was the murder of entire humanity.
Justice Jillani further said that terrorism had existed throughout history and in every religion.The chief justice stressed the need for taking measures for the imposition of law in letter and spirit to bring a balanced system in society.
He said that the culture of intolerance gave rise to terrorism. He underlined the need for promoting education as it was a vital tool for the progress and prosperity of nations. “There was a time when the Muslims ruled half of the world, especially, when the biggest library of the world ‘Baghdad Library’ was functioning.
He also directed office-bearers of the Supreme Court and Balochistan Bar Associations and other lawyers to play their due role for the rule of law.Chief Justice Jillani also assured to extend his cooperation to resolve issues being faced by judiciary and legal fraternity.