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Judicial Interference by Establishment Will End Soon: Chief Justice Lahore High Court

Rawalpindi: Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Malik Shehzad Ahmed, has stated that the judiciary is striving to free itself from the interference of the establishment and is confident that such interference will soon come to an end.

Speaking at an event in Rawalpindi, Chief Justice Malik Shehzad Ahmed mentioned that there have been frequent complaints about institutional interference in the judiciary. Recently, a judge reported instances of interference, detailing the events but also expressing his lack of fear and his intent to inform the Chief Justice. While not naming the judge, Chief Justice Ahmed emphasized that the judiciary is working selflessly.

He acknowledged the presence of a few bad elements everywhere, including the judiciary, where some judges delegate their work to readers and leave. To address this, CCTV cameras have been installed to monitor the presence of judges in courtrooms. Action has already been initiated against judges found absent from their courtrooms.

Chief Justice Ahmed highlighted that one of the main causes of case delays was strikes by lawyers. With the cooperation of lawyers, the culture of strikes in Punjab courts has been curbed. He praised the lawyers of Rawalpindi Bar for their steadfastness and mentioned that after the lawyers’ movement, judges were reinstated, and the country experienced a prolonged civilian government, free from the scourge of martial law.

He stressed that 90% of lawyers are good people, noting that over 200,000 new cases were filed and over 300,000 cases were decided in Punjab, significantly reducing the backlog of pending cases. Chief Justice Ahmed called on lawyers, the media, and parliamentarians to play their roles in improving the country.

He further stated that delays in case decisions remain a significant issue, often affecting three generations, with some cases taking up to 30 years to resolve. The reluctance of witnesses to appear in court contributes to this problem, discouraging expatriates from seeking legal recourse in Pakistan.

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