Islamabad: My brother judges; Mr. Attorney General for Pakistan; Vice Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council; President, Supreme Court Bar Association; Family members of late Mr. Justice Kamal Mansur Alam; Members of the Bar; Ladies and Gentlemen.
Let me start by quoting William Shakespeare who summed up human existence in the following words:-
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and entrances; one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages”.
We have assembled here to pay homage to and recount some of the good and beneficial acts and deeds of our respected brother the late Mr. Justice Kamal Mansur Alam a former Judge of this Court who passed away on 22nd June, 2011 at Karachi (may Allah rest his soul in peace). Amin
Mr. Justice Kamal Mansur Alam belonged to a respectful family of jurists from the UP. He played many roles in his life and achieved excellence in many of them. He was a learned lawyer and a respected member of the Superior Court. He served as a distinguished judge and Chief Justice of the High Court of Sindh and later as a Judge of the apex Court.
Justice Kamal Mansur Alam was a man of immense wisdom and of integrity. All the decisions rendered by him as a judge of the superior Courts reflect fairness, impartiality and independence in true judicial spirit. His legal acumen, in-depth understanding of law, incorruptibility, fair-mindedness and rationality earned him great respect from the Bench and the Bar. He always remained true to the oath of his office and rendered justice even-handedly without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. He was a man of courage and conviction who served selflessly. He was possessed of outstanding ability and incorruptible moral and intellectual integrity. The brilliantly written judgments by late Mr. Justice Kamal Mansur Alam, reported in various law journals will serve as a beacon of light for judges and lawyers for the times to come.
No doubt, death is a bitter reality that we all have to face. Allah Almighty stated in Holy Quran: “Every soul shall have taste of death; in the end to us shall ye be brought back” (29:57). There is no one who knows the exact time and date to die. “Nor does anyone know what it is that he will bring in on tomorrow: Nor does anyone know in what land he is to die. Verily with God is full knowledge and He is familiar (with all things)” (31:34).
Being Muslims and holders of esteemed public offices, we the judges have to spend our life in accord with the dictates of Islam. The only legacy that will be left we should strive to leave a legacy of fair name and good reputation earned due to services rendered for the well being of the people. Mr. Justice Kamal Mansur Alam no doubt has left behind a fair name and will be remembered forever for his devotion, dignity and honesty.
I will end my address by quoting again William Shakespeare who said, and I quote “Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once”. The truly independent and fearless judge lives his life fully resisting fears and pressures and late Mr. Justice Kamal Mansur Alam is an example of such a life. May Almighty Allah shower his special mercies on him and may give courage to his family members to bear irreparable loss of his death.
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