BAHAWALPUR: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq visited the LHC Bahawalpur Bench where he was presented with a guard of honor by the police squad.
While addressing the Bahawalpur High Court Bar Association, he spoke about the respect between the bar and bench. “If respect is given by the bar, then getting relief from the bench is made easier. The bar and bench are the two wheels of justice.” He said the bar is a bigger wheel because there are 130,000 registered lawyers in Punjab.
He added that in his career, there was never a disagreement between lawyers and judge on any verdict. He added that differences were only ever born due to attitudes.
He said a seated person should have more patience and tolerance and listen to the one standing in front of him carefully. The CJ outlined that he had high hopes from young lawyers who should work with honesty and dedication.
He said that as a lawyer, he did 10 years of apprenticeship with seniors. Even today, he thinks of those seniors as his teachers. “Similarly, young lawyers should respect seniors and learn from them so that no room for mistake is left while serving justice.”
He added that problems of the bar would be resolved on a priority basis.
Later on, during his visit to district courts, he inaugurated the automatic water fountain made of fiber glass by pressing the button. He also visited the newly-built admin block in the district judiciary and formally inaugurated its departments. These included the facilitation, healthcare, legal research, vigilance and monitoring centres. Also inaugurated were the women’s common room and a state-of-the-art library. Meanwhile, he kicked off a plantation drive in the Bahawalpur district and sessions’ judge garden.
Earlier, Bahawalpur District and Session Judge Muhammad Tariq Javed briefed him about the performance of the district judiciary premises. He told that in the current year, the district judiciary closed 109,948 cases.
He said two judges hear old cases and they have no other assigned responsibilities. Judge Javed added 1,315 dated cases were closed.
He further stated that in an effort for greater development, the district judiciary Introduced biometric attendance, treasury maintenance as well as renovation and construction of washrooms. The judge added that bakshi khana and bailiff training had also been undertaken.
He said a ladies’ common room had also been established, while 96 CCTV cameras were installed to make security more effective.
The district and sessions judge said he would personally hear murder cases and a total of 70 cases have been closed. These include 25 cases of murder and 45 others.
Later, under the supervision of District Bar President Muhammad Naeem Bhatti, a delegation of the District Bar Bahawalpur met the LHC CJ. They thanked Justice Haq for his visit to Bahawalpur.
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