CJP urges political leaders to negotiate for political stability

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Pakistan’s Chief Justice, Justice Umar Ata Bandial addressing a two-day ninth international judicial conference at the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Friday. Screenshot / Bol News

Pakistan’s Chief Justice, Justice Umar Ata Bandial, said political leaders should negotiate for political stability because political issues can only be resolved through talks.

He added that politicians must talk about solving the problems faced by the population, adding that millions of people have been displaced by the devastating floods, which have caused the worst devastation in much of the country.

Judge Bandial said a purely political stalemate has no legal solutions. It can only be resolved through dialogue between political leaders and their parties.

He said the judiciary had no role to play in breaking a political deadlock. He said, like other citizens, that we sincerely hope that the country’s political leaders will take the necessary corrective measures and confidence-building measures with the national interest as the first consideration.

The Chief Justice said that whatever the court’s efforts to strengthen democracy in the country, progress can only be achieved if all political parties come together to follow established democratic practices and fulfill their respective roles in parliament by under the constitution.

He expressed these views during a two-day ninth international judicial conference at the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Friday.

He said the rule of law is at the center of the judiciary, adding that the rights of weak and oppressed segments of society are protected by the judiciary.

The CJP urged the legislature, executive and other organs of the state to play their part in upholding the rule of law and the supremacy of the constitution in the country.

He said our Court recognizes climate justice as an essential facet of the rule of law.

The Chief Justice said the judiciary had given instructions to the federal government for the protection of religious harmony and minorities.

Judge Bandial said that the Supreme Court had blocked the way of the theory of necessity by the verdict of the Bar of the High Court of Sindh.

He observed that the National Assembly had been dissolved during the motion of no confidence, but that the Supreme Court had declared the dissolution of the Assembly and the decision of the vice-president unconstitutional.

The Chief Justice recalled that the court had to intervene after the President ordered the dissolution of the National Assembly in April 2022 on the advice of the Prime Minister at the time. He said the court ruled the dissolution unconstitutional and ordered the restoration of the National Assembly for the formation of a parliamentary government in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.

The CJP further said that the Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly issued the ruling against the Constitution and that the SC declared it null and void and enforced the Constitution.

He called for immediate action to address the challenge of climate change.

He said the court gave the verdict for issuing national identity cards to transgender people.

The judiciary has made important decisions regarding schools, including minority rights.

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He added that the judiciary had come a long way and rendered important verdicts for democratic supremacy in addition to deciding to restore the assemblies.

The CJP said the Supreme Court ruled on the case of the former Deputy Speaker of the Punjab Assembly and correctly interpreted the Constitution in the case.

Justice Umar Ata Bandial said the Supreme Court has also played an active role in administering social, economic and cultural justice to the people.

He said concerted efforts were underway to reduce the backlog of cases to ensure justice was delivered cheaply and quickly to litigants. He said parties are encouraged to use alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to amicably resolve their legal disputes. He said other measures include digitizing the court system and hearing cases by video link. He said we are also prioritizing quick release of cause lists.

Pakistan’s Chief Justice said, “We have succeeded for the first time in reversing the trend of increasing backlog.”

Judge Umar Ata Bandial said the judiciary is ready and willing to defend the constitution.

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