LAHORE, Jan 20 (SABAH): Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday said an honest leadership can change the fate of the people, saying that the country needed an honest leadership, education and a strong judicial system.
Addressing a seminar in Lahore, Saqib Nisar said that the judiciary in the country is completely independent and the nation should be proud of it.
Praising the apex court’s bench Justice Nisar said all judges are capable and an epitome of honesty.
He also said that judges have no right to make decisions based on their own likes and dislikes, and are bound by law to make independent decisions.
“If anyone thinks that being a judge is a paid vacation, they should think again. Every judge has the responsibility of dispensing justice to the people. We are answerable for the work we do here. If judges cannot dispense what is required of them, then they should retire,” he said.
The judiciary may be considered a watchdog according to modern jurisprudence, which helps citizens in getting their rights, the chief justice said.
He also vowed that the judiciary will not let democracy to be violated. The country will continue to see rule of law and constitution, he said.
Turning to lawyers, the chief justice asked the bar and the lawyer community to strictly avoid engaging in vandalism.
Commenting on contempt of court notices, he said that the Supreme Court seldom try people for contempt despite being criticized so much.
“Today, on this forum, I say that when I critically analyze my team, I never find any flaw,” he said, “Yes, there can be a lack of knowledge on this bench, and I would raise my hand and admit in front of you all that my knowledge is probably the least among my peers on the bench.”
“I believe that this team, once it starts working together, will be purer than gold and provide exemplary justice,” chief justice said.
Speaking to his fellow judges, Justice Nisar told the story of Lord Denning, a famous judge, and Mrs Stone.
“One day Mrs Stone threw a book at Lord Denning because she did not believe the judgment was fair. The book missed Lord Denning as he tilted his head and hit the wall behind him. He smiled and calmly remarked, ‘I am sure this wasn’t pointed at us.’ That is the level of calm judges is expected to show,” Justice Nisar explained as he concluded the story.
“Being a judge is not about being able to pass whatever judgment one likes. It is about providing justice by the book. And if any of us cannot do that, we should retire and do something else.”
He added: “We are not here to have fun; we are here to give people exemplary justice.”
“I sometimes equate lawyers with doctors. Doctors cure physical ailments and lawyers cure the ailments of the society,” the CJP said.
While welcoming members of the bar to the gathering, the chief justice said that the bar and the bench are two arms connected to the same body — one cannot function without the other.