Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said the government will follow the Supreme Court’s order in the case of former lead investigator of the Hajj scam, Hussain Asghar and former establishment secretary Sohail Ahmed, with respect to the trichotomy of power enshrined in the Constitution.
Addressing the media after a launching ceremony of Pakistan Textile City at the governor’s house in Karachi, the PM said that judicial activism is on the rise in line with increased participation of the media and civil society in promoting causes. The PM said that both the government and the judiciary have made sacrifices for the restoration of democracy and they will not allow the system to derail. PM Gilani said that any misunderstanding in this connection will be taken care off.
Meanwhile, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary stated that there would be no compromise on the independence of the judiciary while addressing the participants of the National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) meeting at the Supreme Court.
The committee took serious note of complaints of corruption against court staff and stressed upon the High Courts to take up these cases to tackle corrupt elements. The committee reiterated its commitment to show zero tolerance for all types of corruption in all its manifestations. Members have asked judges to discourage false and frivolous litigation and ensure that the quality of justice is not compromised for quick disposal.
The NJPMC discussed various options for monitoring the target set for deciding cases which have been pending for years till September 30, this year. The committee resolved that the chief justices of the High Courts should ensure periodic inspection of the district judiciary by high court judges. NJPMC members have decided to ask jail authorities to segregate prisoners with communicable diseases for medical treatment and suggest that provincial home secretaries and inspectors general prisons evolve a mechanism for taking prisoners’ blood tests to avoid spreading disease.
They reviewed the progress on the construction of a model jail for Islamabad and appreciated the government for earmarking Rs720 million for the project. The committee stated that the model jail should provide facilities to inmates in accordance with international standards
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2011.