[Dawn 14 April 2019]

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Saturday regretted that parliament did not accord priority to the justice system “since they (legislators) have bigger things to attend to”.

“It is for the state and the legislature to come up with laws which should be clear, unambiguous and easy to apply,” he said while speaking at a national conference on “Expeditious Justice Initiative: Roadmap to Time-Bound Criminal Trial Regime”. The conference held at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) was also addressed by the chief justices of different high courts.

The CJP told the conference that the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan had submitted about 70 reports to the parliament and the law ministry for attending to different parts of laws, which needed amendments or substitution of different provisions. But unfortunately none of the reports had so far been taken up by the parliament, he deplored.

“I would request as we [the judiciary] have taken responsibility on our side, the parliament and the executive must also show interest in the justice system so that the entire system can be reformed and starts delivering,” the chief justice said.