Nation special report
LONDON: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has disclosed that some important and big decision in certain case would be announced in few days and people shoud rest assure that we have not ignored any big or small case and justice would be done in every case.
He gave this assurance while talking to media persons on various occasions and addressing the meetings during first two days of his nine-day visit to the UK. He refuted the impression that there is selective justice system in Pakistan and said that the justice system is normal but unfortunately the framework is faulty and needs reforms. He asserted that it will be the failure of Pakistani state if Aasia Bibi, the convict in Pakistan’s most high profile blasphemy case who was acquitted last month, has to be sent abroad for safety.
Mian Saqib Nisar said the construction plan of two dams has shaped in a vigorous campaign not only within the country but also worldwide wherever Pakistanis are living. He said that the construction of two dams (Diamer Bhasha Dam and Mohmand dam) is the matter of life and death for Pakistan’s 210 million people. “If we shall not pay due attention towards this volatile issue, no one can guarantee to prevent the famine in Pakistan and one can’t imagine the horrific casualties as a outcome”, he emphasised.
“Construction of dams is necessity and matter of survival of Pakistan and we are convinced that the positive results would start emerging”, the apex court chief stated.
Referring the overall prevailing situation in Pakistan, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said that there is absolutely no selective justice system and a normal justice system is being implemented. “We want to ensure equal opportunity of providing genuine justice to everyone. If we are succeeded in providing easy and speedy justice to all, we would be satisfied with our earnest efforts”, he stated.
British Parliamentarians of Pakistan heritage who met with the CJP were including Lord Qurban Hussain, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Members of Commons Khalid Mahmood, Rehman Chishti, Naz Shah, M. Afzal, Faisal Rasheed, Barrister Yasmin Qureshi and Mohammad Yasin. At the end of the meeting, the parliamentarians presented him a souvenir of British Parliament.
As Sayeeda Warsi and Rehman Chishti raised the issue of Aasia Bibi, the top judge lamented the faults in the judicial framework in Pakistan, arguing that reforms were needed to make it adequate to a modern world so that the citizens can be served quick and speedy justice.
Admitting that he was not above assuming responsibility for the faults in his institution, he said that the case was drawn for eight years without any evidence, including the four years it spent pending hearing in the Supreme Court (SC).
Replying to Warsi who said that Aasia should be offered asylum in the UK, the top judge said that he did not believe she should be given asylum, as it is the Pakistani state’s responsibility to ensure the security of life and property of its citizens.
“If she is sent abroad, it means that the Pakistani state has failed. She should be secure in Pakistan.”
He added that the Pakistani government should not cave in to mob mentality, and “act strongly as there will be no end of such cases” and caving it would mean that it has failed. “It is the government’s responsibility to safeguard Aasia.”
Responding to another question inquiring about her name being placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), he said that the law doesn’t account for any such provision and he was confident that the judiciary will not pass an order that opposed its code.
As the chief justice conversed with British parliamentarians, MP Naz Shah asked a question on the murder of British national and Barrister Fahad Malik, brother of British Pakistani entrepreneur Jawad Malik.
The top judge replied that he agrees there has been a delay in dispensation of justice, adding that he has taken notice of the case.
He added that the performance of the anti-terrorism court (ATC) judge dealing with the case is unsatisfactory, as he told that he has only dealt with two cases in the last two months when he was called to court.“This case should have been resolved without my personal intervention which indicates an institutional failure.”
Accepting that Pakistan has struggled on different institutional issues, the chief justice commented that the failure of successive government has rendered the judicial and institutional framework of the country inefficacious.
He conceded that the Parliament has failed to accomplish its work in multiple ways, though he did not want to criticize other state institutions. He related his visit to different hospitals, where he found that only five ventilators were available, out of which three were not functional and two had been reserved for VIPs.
He also told the audience that there was a corruption amounting to RS4 billion in the Saaf Paani case. “When I questioned the chief minister, he conceded before the court that not a single drop of water has been produced despite meetings, briefings and task forces.”
Concluding the session, Justice Nisar thanked the Pakistani diaspora in Britain for lending help to Pakistan in need, lauding them for contributions in the Diamer-Bhasha dam fund.