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CJP seeks Govt's cooperation for speedy justice to masses.

SUKKUR, 24 May, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has sought cooperation of the government to ensure speedy and cheap justice to nation saying the country's current situation demands us to work jointly for justice. Addressing a reception hosted by Singh High Court Bar, the CJP directed the lawyers to pinpoint black sheep's in their ranks. He also vowed to eliminate corruption in the judiciary. "I have taken charge of office as Chief Justice of Pakistan not to earn money but to deliver justice to masses and I would ensure speedy and cheap justice to masses", he said. Independent of judiciary was first goal of lawyers in which they have succeeded and now they should start their efforts so that we could ensure justice to masses, he said, adding that, no one can use judiciary for their own purposes after enforcement of new judicial policy. The CJP went on to say the application of bail would be disposed off within 7 days and a special court has been setup to dispose off those execution appeals who have not been heard in last ten years. The new judicial policy would come into effect from June 1st and amendment has been made in several laws and their drafts would be sent to Parliament through Bar Council, he said. Judiciary cannot develop without cooperation between bar and bench, CJP added. We cannot also move forward sans cooperation of lawyers therefore they should play their due role to enhance prestige of judiciary, he said. 170 million citizens of the country participated in campaign for independent of judiciary and it had been lauded at international level, he said. He said he is meeting with judicial officers around the country to dispose off cases on immediate basis. Those judges who show negligence in their duties would have to face music, he warned. He vowed to bring revolutionary changes in judiciary. He urged Government to cooperate with judiciary to enhance strength of judges in Federation and Provinces and we have papered a plan in this respect which would be given to Government soon. He said the courts in Lower Dir and Malakand division has been closed and lawyers are idle therefore we should help them.. Later, CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has ordered for disposing off all the under trial cases of Sukkur jail prisoners soon and providing them facilities in accordance with the jail manual. CJP, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry visited Sukkur Central jail-1 checked the record of the jail, inspected different barracks and talked to the prisoners. On this occasion, the prisoners handed him over 250 petitions and complained about not getting the facilities under jail manual besides inordinate delay in hearing of their cases. CJP directed Sukkur region subordinate courts for disposing off all the under hearing cases soon and urged on the lawyers community to plead the cases in time.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 24, 2009
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