Islamabad: Today, a meeting of the National Judicial (Policy-Making) Committee (NJPMC) was held in the Conference Room of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman, National Judicial Policy Making Committee. In his introductory remarks, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan stressed upon the Judges to make all efforts for provision of inexpensive and expeditious justice to all without any fear and
favour. He stated that the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan discourages all type of discrimination amongst the persons/parties on the basis of their status. He stated that Islam tells us that justice should be done without caring how the influential parties are and justice should not be compromised to accommodate any influential persons. He urged that the independence of judiciary and its impartiality must be fully adhered to.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court , Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan, Mr. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court, Mr. Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice Mushir Alam, Chief Justice High Court of Sindh, Mr. Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court, Dr. Faqir Hussain, Registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan and Mr. Habib-ur-Rehman Shaikh, Secretary, NJPMC/LJCP.
The Committee also took serious note of the complaints of corruption against Court Staff and stressed upon the High Courts to take up the cases of corruption very seriously and corrupt element particularly the Court Staff who are earning bad name for the institution should be taken to task. The Committee reiterated its commitment to show zero tolerance for all types of corruption in its all manifestations. The Committee asked the Judges to make all efforts for discouraging false and frivolous litigation and ensure that quality of justice should not be compromised at the altar of disposal.
The Committee also reviewed the reports of inspection conducted by the Judges of the High Courts and District and Sessions Judges and also discussed various options to set up a fool proof monitoring mechanism for achieving the target of deciding all the old cases upto 30th September, 2011. The Committee resolved that the learned Chief Justices of the High Courts should ensure that periodical inspection of the district judiciary should be carried out through Judges of the High Courts.
The Committee appreciated the role of Bar for extending cooperation to the courts for quick disposal of cases and improving the process of dispensation of justice. The Committee observed that the disposal of huge number of cases has improved the image of judiciary and restored the confidence of people in the justice system; therefore, the Bar and Bench should have to work efficiently for ensuring dispensation of justice to all segments of society without any discrimination.
The Committee also considered and approved the Software developed by the Secretariat of Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan for monitoring the case flow and effective implementation of National Judicial Policy. The Committee hoped that through implementation of this Software the office MITs would be strengthens and the monitoring of Courts would become easier.
The Committee also considered the statistics of blood screening of prisoners and observed with sorrow that the numbers of hepatitis, HIV and TB cases are alarming; therefore, it was resolved that the concerned authorities may be asked to segregate contagious prisoners from other prisoners for medical treatment. Donation of non screened blood is a major cause of transmitting infectious diseases; therefore, the Committee resolved that henceforth no contagious prisoners should be allowed to donate blood. The Committee asked Provincial Home Secretaries and Inspectors General (Prisons) to evolve a mechanism where under at the time of entering the prison; blood test of each prisoner should be carried out to avoid spreading of infectious diseases.
The Committee also reviewed the progress of construction of Model Jail for Islamabad and appreciated the efforts of Government for approving PC-I of the Project, allocation of land and earmarking an amount to Rs. 720 Million for the Project. The Committee asked the concerned authorities that the proposed Model Jail should be of an international standard having maximum necessary facilities for the prisoners. Besides, it should have provisions of reformatory school so that after release the prisoners should be reintegrated in society as a law abiding citizens.
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