- Justice Khawaja steps down as CJP after serving for 23 days, senior most SC judge, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, to take oath today
- Justice Saeed, Justice Rehman among bars associations including SCBA, PBC remain away from CJP’s farewell event
- Lawyers including Syed Iqbal Khan, Hamid Khan ask court not to interfere in PBC powers, leave lawyers’ licenses to PBC
- Justice Jamali says Justice Khawaja will be remembered as guardian of justice and law, 12 other SC judges shower accolades
The lawyers on Wednesday stood divided over the full court reference held in the honor of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on his retirement.
Two Supreme Court (CJP) judges, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman, did not participate in the ceremony while 13 others marked their presence.
Moreover, no lawyer from former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asam Jehangir group participated in the reference. The lawyers associations, including Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and others from Rawalpindi and Islamabad, also boycotted the event. However, lawyers from Rawalpindi-Islamabad’s Hamid Khan Group were there.
Addressing the ceremony, Syed Iqbal Khan requested the court not to interfere in the powers of PBC and leave the matter of lawyers’ licenses to the PBC.
At the ceremony’s conclusion, sharing Khan’s view, senior lawyer Hamid Khan opposed the court verdict regarding cancellation of license of Barrister Ali Zafar saying, “The court should send this matter to PBC as PBC enjoys the power to conceal the license”.
Amidst reservations from some lawyers, the CJP addressed the reference with ceremonious requirements.
“Inexpensive and speedy justice is not being provided to anyone in the country. It is incumbent on the government, state institutions, every member of society, including lawyers and judges, to change such system which is not providing affordable and timely justice,” Justice Khawaja said, pointing out that “people not convinced of justice lie and encroach upon the rights of their relatives and neighbours”.
The outgoing top judge continued, “Brightness of Aiwan-e-Adl reflects from fearless faces. In order to polish this brightness it is imperative for every member of the society generally and for lawyers and judges particularly to get united and counter professional malpractice and degeneration.”
“Favour is highly hazardous for Judiciary as it prevents from giving courageous decisions and this way it can bring about decadence in system of justice,” he stressed.
“Practice of seeking adjournment in the cases by using dilatory tactics by lawyers and on different pretexts is very common in our courts,” he held.
Justice Khawaja stepped down as the chief justice yesterday after serving at the exalted position for 23 days. The senior most judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, will succeed the outgoing chief justice to hold the coveted slot for 15 months; until he retires on December 31, 2016.
Addressing the full court reference, Justice Jamali said that Justice Khawaja would be forever remembered as a guardian of justice and the law.
Justice Jamali will take oath of his office today (Thursday). President Mamnoon Hussain will administer the oath at a ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali hails from noble religious family of Hazrat Qutub Jamaluddin Ahmed Hansvi, the disciple and Khalifa of Baba Fariduddin Shakar Gunj. His parents migrated in the year 1947 from Jaipur, India. Justice Jamali was born on December 31, 1951 in Hyderabad.
He completed the Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and the Bachelor’s Degree in Law from University of Sindh in the years 1971 and 1973 respectively; enrolled at Sindh Bar Council as an Advocate of Lower Court in 1975, admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of High Court in 1977; admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of Supreme Court in 1987; practiced at Hyderabad (Sindh) mainly on civil and constitutional side.
Justice Jamali was elevated as Judge of High Court of Sindh in May, 1998. He was among the judges who refused to take fresh oath under the Provisional Constitution Order in 2007. He was reappointed as Judge and Chief Justice High Court of Sindh on 27th August 2008 and elevated as Judge of Supreme Court in August 2009.