ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said no compromise will made on the independence of the judiciary, Express 24/7 reported on Saturday.
(Read: Govt, judiciary back away from confrontation)
The chief justice made the statement while chairing a meeting of the judicial policy making committee at the Supreme Court in Islamabad. The meeting was also attended by chief justices of the high courts and the chief justice of Federal Shariat Court.
The chief justice said courts should not be influenced by anyone and verdicts should be based on merit.
He said there were complaints regarding corruption in district courts and directed the chief justices to visit these court and sort out the complaints.
The chief justice also said that judicial policy has had a positive impact as cases were being dealt with on time.
PML-N supports judiciary
Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) has announced its support for the judiciary during the ongoing row with the government.
(Read: PML-N vows to support judiciary, bureaucracy)
Party chief Nawaz Sharif made the announcement at a high-level meeting in Murree. The meeting was also attended by Pervaiz Rasheed and Raja Zafarul Haq.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Sharif termed the judiciary’s move a “positive step” to protect the bureaucracy of the country.
He acknowledged parliament as the supreme institution of the country, but said that his party would not allow parliament to be used as a platform for corruption.
The PML-N chief also said that his party would struggle for the judiciary’s rights and would not allow anyone to hamper its functionality.