A full court reference was held on Friday (Dec 20) to pay tributes to the services of outgoing Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa. Judges of the apex court, Vice Chairman of Pakistan Bar Council and President of Supreme Court Bar Association are attending the reference.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa while addressing the ceremony of full court bench, distanced himself from the special court’s verdict in high trason case against Pervez Musharraf and said that a campaign seems to have been launched to defame him and the institution of judiciary.
Justice Khosa noted that he was accused of supporting the Musharraf verdict in a meeting with journalists when he had never done so. “The truth will prevail,” he said in comments released to media before his speech to the full court.
“I believe that a judge, besides being just and fair to all, should have a heart of a lion, nerves of steel, wisdom of a sage, expression of a man of letters and approach full of empathy and compassion. These were the ideals that I strived to follow but I do not know how successfully,” he said.
“I can, however, confidently say, and Allah Almighty be my witness for it, that I always tried to be true to the oath of my office. I gave my hundred percent to the job, tried to perform beyond the call of duty, never raised my voice, spoke mainly through my pen, never delayed a judgment unduly and after giving the best years of my life to this public service I lay down my robes today with a conscience which is clear as crystal.
“I, however, in all humility at my command, seek forgiveness from all those in whose cases my judgment might have gone wrong unwittingly and also from those whose feelings I might have hurt unintentionally,” he concluded
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