If jus­tice is de­nied to CJP…

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

DUR­ING sep­a­rate meet­ings with heads of Sindh’s law en­force­ment agen­cies and the ad­min­is­tra­tion, Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan An­war Za­heer Ja­mali ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over ef­forts made so far for the re­cov­ery of Awais Ali Shah, the son of Chief Jus­tice of Sindh High Court. He es­pe­cially ex­pressed his re­sent­ment over po­lice con­duct say­ing the sit­u­a­tion in the case would have been dif­fer­ent if the po­lice had acted in a timely man­ner. These very re­marks of the CJP clearly ex­pose the state of jus­tice sys­tem in Pak­istan, which in fact has crum­bled down, deny­ing jus­tice to all and sundry.

The CJP, be­ing head of the court sys­tem, voice is well re­spected and can not go un­no­ticed yet we are more con­cerned about the state of an av­er­age Pak­istani who faces only hu­mil­i­a­tion and des­per­a­tion when­ever they visit po­lice sta­tions or courts for re­dres­sal of their griev­ances. In Sindh prov­ince, the in­ci­dents of ab­duc­tion and killings are ram­pant, and pres­ence of pri­vate jails are enough a proof that law in fact does not ex­ist there in any form. All this leaves com­mon man at the mercy of hard­ened crim­i­nals and feu­dals with no in­sti­tu­tion at their back­ing to re­dress their griev­ances. The ab­duc­tion of Sindh Chief Jus­tice’s son from a busy shop­ping cen­tre in broad day­light is yet an­other proof of how in­ef­fec­tive and in­ef­fi­cient our sys­tem has be­come. We hope that while nec­es­sary steps will be taken for the early re­cov­ery of Awais, the in­ci­dent will also serve as a jolt to all con­cerned par­tic­u­larly the ju­di­ciary to come out with a so­lu­tion that pro­vides unim­peded jus­tice to the peo­ple. It is an open se­cret now that po­lice depart­ment in Sindh is highly politi­cised be­cause of which it has failed to de­liver and pro­tect the lives and prop­er­ties of com­mon man. At the same time, our court sys­tem is also re­plete with sub­stan­tive de­fi­cien­cies. Cor­rupt prac­tices at the lower courts are mak­ing the lives of lit­i­gants mis­er­able. Cases in these courts of­ten take years to de­cide be­sides ow­ing to cor­rupt prac­tices, cul­prits in most of the cases go off scot-free. We hope that the Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan will mull over these de­fi­cien­cies and take re­me­dial mea­sures that en­sure speedy trial of crim­i­nals, ter­ror­ists and make the process has­sle free for lit­i­gants.

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