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Did not interfere with any institution's functions: Pak SC Chief Justice


PTI islamabad
Updated: 14-01-2019 20:09 IST
Did not interfere with any institution's functions: Pak SC Chief Justice

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, known for his judicial activism, said on Monday that the judiciary did not interfere with the functioning of any institutions in the country and delivered within its remits.

The 64-year-old top judge, who will retire on January 17, was addressing a ceremony here, where he said that during his tenure he gave directions within the legal framework.

"There is a lot to be done for the justice system... Public don't want corruption and bribery culture, they want supremacy of the law," he was quoted as saying by Geo News.

Last week, the top judge said he laid foundation of judicial activism for the betterment of humanity in Pakistan.

Nisar said people were not being served the justice, which they used to be served previously.

"Since the time I started holding open courts, I saw many oppressed individuals. These individuals included the ones who did not even have money to purchase medicines," he said.

"I laid the foundation of judicial activism with sincerity," Nisar, who headed the apex court bench which ruled on many landmark cases including one which disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 2017 in a corruption case.

Sharif had attacked the judiciary, especially the apex court chief justice, saying, "What is happening in the country is not less than a 'judicial martial law'."

The chief justice said, "I committed several mistakes, intentionally or unintentionally. But there was no malafide intention in them."

He said he had been striving for the rule of law.

Justice Nisar said he had 56-year-long affiliation with the Lahore High Court.

"My father practiced law here and I would keep on playing in these corridors," he added.


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