Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that the judiciary shall continue to strive to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution to foster justice in all circumstances and ensure rule of law in the country.
The Chief Justice said this while addressing the opening ceremony of the New Judicial Year 2020-21 of the Supreme Court here on Monday.
The Chief Justice said that justice cannot be delivered and fundamental rights of the people cannot be protected unless the judges are fully independent and under no external pressure.
The Chief Justice said that every judge of the superior judiciary is under solemn oath, inter alia, to discharge the duties honestly to the best of his ability and faithfully in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and, in all circumstances, to do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favour as well as affection or ill-will.
“Since long Human Rights Cell is functioning in the Supreme Court. Although very few fresh complaints were entertained but the already pending cases were regularly heard in Court and appropriate orders passed to ensure the protection of fundamental rights of the people”, says Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed
He said that it is not only a privilege to be a judge but a heavy duty is cast upon judges, even under the oath, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and not allow their personal interest to influence the official conduct or official decisions.
Commenting on the coronavirus situation in the country, the top judge said that the judicial system is also disturbed due to the outbreak of the pandemic and added that the pace of solving cases also decreased.