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Seven women from Balochistan enter judicial profession

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudary termed it a good omen for Pakistan and said it was an indication that Pakistani women were not lagging behind their male counterparts.He was addressing the certificate awarding ceremony at conclusion of eight-week pre-service training of civil judges- Judicial Magistrates at Federal Judicial Academy Islamabad. Thirty-two judges, 25 from Punjab including four women and all the seven women judges from Balochistan attended the pre-service training.The Chief Justice observed, “Selection of seven women from Balochistan as Judges of family courts is a great achievement and for that the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court deserves congratulations.”He maintained that the appointment of females as Judges of the family court was a legal requirement and the selection from Balochistan was clear manifestation of the progress being made by the province.

Congratulating the young judicial officers on their successful passing out the Chief Justice reminded them that their real duty shall start from the day, they takeover the charge of their respective courts. “The life of a judge is never easy. It requires total commitment, dedication and devotion. Practically a judge is almost cut off from his social life. The main reason for that is that a judge has to remember that he/she is being closely watched. The conduct of a judge is constantly under scrutiny,” he added.Chief Justice Iftikhar further said that it was not only the courtroom where he/she has to conduct himself/herself as a judge, it is in fact in all areas of life that he/she has to prove that he/she somewhat different from other members of the society.He said that the present day world had become highly competitive. He advised the young judges to make every effort to control delay in disposal of cases. He said, “by doing that you will reduce if not totally eliminate the agonies of the litigant public”.

Earlier, the Director General Federal Judicial Academy, Mr Moazzam Hayat presented annual report of the Academy and Library to the Chief Justice of Pakistan.APP adds: Delivering a talk to the senior staff officers and field commanders of Pakistan Air Force at Air Headquarters, Islamabad, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has said that the superior judiciary has focused on restoring public confidence in its capacity to act as the guardian of human rights and custodian of the citizens’ honour, property and safety.He said that taking suo motu action in various issues of bad governance and corruption had exposed us to the level of institutional failure of the administrative machinery of the country. The talk was on “Judicial System of Pakistan: Its imperatives and implications for General Public”.

The Chief Justice said that there was an increased awareness that the judicial system in Pakistan had to be more responsive not only to the issues and problems of the litigant public, but it had to play its due role on issues having bearing on the welfare and well being of the general public.The Chief Justice said that it is a national struggle to revive our institutions and restore public confidence in such institutions.Elaborating the constitutional role of the Supreme Court the Chief Justice said that since Pakistan’s first decade, superior courts, particularly the Supreme Court, have judged the state ruling on constitutional issues directly affecting national sovereignty, political participation and government organization. The process of political evolution and constitutional rule was not consistent.The Judiciary of Pakistan played an active role in the political developments, through its rulings and judgments, sought to build bridges, so as to bring the county back to democratic dispensation and constitutional rule.

Source: Dawn

Date:1/28/2007

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