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My every step was within constitutional limits, CJP


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Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar said on Friday that he laid the foundation of judicial activism in the country with a commitment to uphold rule of law in the country.

Justice Nisar said at a farewell dinner by the Lahore High Court Bar Association, “This judicial activism was never meant to interfere in the jurisdiction of other institutions or to humiliate anyone. It was not aggression.”

Chief Justice of Pakistan-designate Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan and other judges were also present at the occasion.

Chief Justice Nisar told the bar with pride that the Supreme Judicial Council had decided all the pending references against the judges and was left with two only.

The Chief Justice said he always kept in mind the constitutional limits of the judiciary and other institutions and stated that the sole purpose of his visits to hospitals was to ensure correct utilization of government resources.

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He urged lawyers to do hard work as they were part and parcel of the judicial system. He lamented that petitions were filed under section 22-A of Cr.P.C (against non-registration of FIR) had hijacked the courts. He said the judges were not supposed to ensure registration of cases.

He pointed out that a police reform package was going to be introduced on Jan 14 in Islamabad with the support of the law and justice commission.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan and other judges were also present at the occasion.

Chief Justice Nisar told the bar with pride that the Supreme Judicial Council had decided all the pending references against the judges and was left with two only. The judiciary was holding its accountability on merit; the chief justice added and urged the lawyers to also put their house in order.

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CJP Saqib is retiring on 17th January. He will be remembered in the judicial history of Pakistan as a judge who redefined the role of the apex court in the country’s political and legal landscape.

Asif Saeed Khan Khosa will take over as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan after Saqib Nisar’s retirement. Mr. Khosa is known to be tough on corruption and quick disposal of cases. Observers opine that after the new CJP takes office, PTI’s anti-graft drive will get a boost.

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