Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said on Saturday that the courts could not announce verdicts to please someone or under pressure from any media hype.
Addressing a ceremony, Justice Jamali said the courts in Pakistan were completely independent in their judgments and they were not under any kind of pressure. “For us, delivering justice is the most important thing,” he said.
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“We cannot give a verdict to please someone or by getting under pressure because of media hype,” the chief justice of Pakistan said. “The judicial system is not just meant for verdicts, it is rather meant for providing justice to people,” he said.
He went on to say that prevailing social evils were weakening the country. “If other institutions fail to do their job, then the judiciary has a double responsibility,” he said.
Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah stressed on the need for collective thinking. “Personal priorities are meaningless,” he said.
“The high court has the five-hour duration in which it is supposed to deliver justice to people in any case,” he said.
Justice Mansoor Ali Shah also urged the lower courts to spend time hearing cases of litigants.
Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court of Pakistan had adjourned the hearing of the Panama Leaks case until January. “I am retiring. After the full court reference, I will not sit on any bench,” CJP Anwar Zaheer Jamali had said.
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“This hearing should not be considered partial. The Panama Leaks case will be heard by a new bench,” he had said. He said that he wanted all parties to get an equal chance to present their case.
Justice Saqib Nisar is set to take oath as the new chief justice of Pakistan on December 31, after the retirement of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali.
In response to the adjournment of the case, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan had said that he hoped the same bench would hear the case in the first week of January.