Quaid-e-Azam never envisioned secular state: CJP

Says in view of changing social, economic conditions, all state institutions need to work in harmony


Hasnaat Malik September 20, 2016
Says in view of changing social, economic conditions, all state institutions need to work in harmony. PHOTO SOURCE: ChatDD Forums

ISLAMABAD: The Quaid-e-Azam never wanted a secular state in Pakistan, but he sought to carve out a country where everyone irrespective of their religious beliefs had equal rights with the state guaranteeing protection to non-Muslims in the light of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Anwar Zaheer Jamali observed on Monday.

He was addressing a ceremony held to mark the beginning of the new judicial year.

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Referring to the famous August 11, 1947 speech, he said that the Quaid-e-Azam’s ideology was to ensure complete religious freedom to every citizen.

According to the chief justice, the Objectives’ Resolution had been made the preamble of the Constitution, which called for establishing a system, enabling Muslims individually and collectively to lead their lives in accordance with the teachings of Islam. Similarly, members of minority communities could freely lead their lives in accordance with their religious beliefs.

The chief justice expressed concern over the deep penetration of intolerance at all social strata and said that the nation was divided on the basis of colour, cast and creed.

The division on the basis of religion was a matter of great concern, as it destroyed peace in society and bred terrorism.

“It is the responsibility of all citizens to promote tolerance and harmony to eradicate intolerance from society.”

Urging the legal community to help the apex court, the chief justice said that insufficient preparation on part of lawyers and their requests for unnecessary adjournments mainly delayed the disposal of cases.

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Highlighting the spectre of domestic terrorism, the chief justice said that sometimes there was foreign involvement, but subversive elements were also being supported from within the country. “Unfortunately, some political parties support anti-state actors for vested interests.”

“Rule of law and Constitution is not possible in a country with an ineffective justice delivery system and (where) people do not have access to justice.”

He said that the functions and jurisdiction of all institutions were clearly outlined in the Constitution. “All institutions are duty-bound to remain within limits prescribed in the Constitution … this is necessary to establish good governance in the country. In view of changing social and economic conditions, all state institutions need to work in harmony to face (external and internal) challenges boldly.”

Underscoring the need for eliminating corruption, Justice Jamali said that an end to corruption “will automatically remove additional burden from the judiciary”.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th, 2016.

COMMENTS (18)

Taqqi syed | 5 years ago | Reply Quaid - Azam clearly said that Religion has no interfere in the matter of state, and there should be no role of religion in government, religion is the personal matter of everyone. we say we have a secular state but unfortunately our first condition for a secular state is not completed,which is that The constitution of a secular state is not bounded with any religion aspect..
Imran Ahmed | 5 years ago | Reply @rashid: You are right. Justice is considered to be the universal application of law. If your gender, your religion or your employment (specially uniformed employment) affects the application of law or even whether the law is applicable, how can you have justice? In Pakistan, the rules for marriage and inheritance discriminate between men and women. Minorities and Ahmadis cannot become COAS, President, etceteras, law enforcement treats them differently and sometimes itself persecutes. In a recent Motorway incident we saw how a young army officer even in civilian clothes expects that normal traffic regulations and penalties not be applied to him, and so on. In this situation where the law is not secular or equal and furthermore is unequally applied how can you have a semblance of justice? Why just blame the courts and police?
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