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Chief justice calls for timely polls in Pakistan

Says independent judiciary was catalyst in providing justice to the society

  • By Mohammad Ashraf, Correspondent
  • Published: 19:13 April 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

Karachi: Pakistan’s chief justice on Sunday said it is mandatory upon the authorities to hold transparent,impartial and timely elections in the country.

Chief Justice Eftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was addressing the International Judicial Conference in the capital. Law experts and delegates from India, UK, Afghanistan and other countries participated in the conference.

“This is our responsibility to hold fair and impartial elections in the country,” Chaudhry said.

Chauhdry said that an independent judiciary was catalyst in providing justice, and for this judiciary should be strengthened as an institution.

He added that the country is heading towards elections and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure fair elections.

“It is very good omen that the government has completed its constitutional term,” he said.

The chief of the apex court also said that it is not possible to eliminate social evils without fulfilling constitutional responsibilities by the state.

Chaudhry said that the contempt laws were done away with to ensure justice and enhance trust of the people in the judiciary.

“Now the judges do not relax the rules for those who enjoy higher social or official status,” he said.

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