People repose more faith in judiciary

Rustam Satti June 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Over 90 per cent of the protests in front of the National Press Club demand suo motu action by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reflecting the people’s faith in the judiciary.

On average, three demonstrations are held before the press club everyday, with protesters from all over the country thronging to Islamabad for justice.

During their demonstrations in front of the press club, they claim that the government and its institutions have “failed in the provision of justice,” which is why they are resting their confidence in the independence judiciary.

Government employees have also been amongst the protestors, demanding the chief justice to ensure their rights, from regularisation of jobs to increase in salaries.

A large number of petitions are pouring in at the Human Rights Cell of the Supreme Court, seeking suo motu notice and putting tremendous pressure on the judiciary.

During last year, the Supreme Court, high courts and subordinate courts disposed off about 3.1 million cases. Some people criticise the suo motu powers of superior courts but others say that in the failure of government remedies, it is the only solution.

Demonstrators who stage sit-ins before the press club are often assured by authorities that their problems would be solved, but many said that these are empty promises. An  example is the assurance of  Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqi to a karo kari female victim for providing justice, which stills remains unfulfilled.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2010.

Our Publications


Abrar Ahmad | 10 years ago | Reply Patriot, The condition of local courts if pathetic is because of the neglect of and overlooking the system by the governments of Pakistan all this time.. The CJ has taken initiative and introduced effective reforms visible to every one. My own prperty rent/evacuation cases rotting in the courts for decades were decided within 6 months after the imposition of these reforms. How can I but not pray for the CJ
Patriot | 10 years ago | Reply Sir jee...ever got a chance to visit the local courts?
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ