Federal law minister proposes video recording of court proceedings

Human rights without enforcement are just a text in law books, says law minister


Ppi September 16, 2018
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KARACHI: Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem has said that human rights without enforcement are just a text in law books and the bench should play their due role in practical enforcement of laws.

Speaking as a chief guest at the third National Judicial Conference, organised by Justice Helpline, he said that it is the responsibility of the bar and bench to ensure that the citizens are entitled to their basic rights as guaranteed by our Constitution.

He said there are complaints from bar associations about the behaviour of judges and hence advised the bar associations to pass resolutions against such incidents.

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He said that judicial accountability is the joint responsibility of the bar and bench, suggesting that there should be a proper video recording of every court proceeding.

Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan said that governance is amongst the major issues of the country.

Not only economic problems, but the country is facing issues in education, policing, and judicial matters amongst other sectors.

“We often focus on individual benefits and ignore collective benefits to society,” he added.

President Karachi Bar Association Haider Imam Rizvi said that the lawyers are deprived of relief and respect that they deserve.

He added that the bar is an important pillar of the judiciary and they have always given sacrifices for constitutionalism and rule of law.

The dream of a completely independent judiciary is yet to be realised, he remarked.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 16th, 2018.

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