The next chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Thursday (Jan 17) while addressing to farewell event, organized to honour outgoing Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, said that the Supreme Court will only use its authority to take suo motu action as a last resort.
“The authority to take suo motu action will only be used sparingly and for significant national matters,” he said, adding that the court would set up parameters for suo motu powers. The incoming chief justice emphasised that “all institutions need to work together for the progress of the country, and that there was a need for conversation on whether any institution was interfering in another institution’s work”. “Let’s talk about how to make civilian supremacy a certainty, let’s talk about how to ensure civilian accountability without compromising on democracy,” he invited.
Referring to Justice Nisar’s efforts to raise donations to build the Diamer-Bhasha dams, Justice Khosa said that he too he wanted to build a dam. “I will build a dam against fake cases, against pending cases,” he promised. “The trial of a civilian in a military court is considered wrong across the world. It is said that military courts take less time to issue verdicts. Civilian courts should try to resolve cases in a short period of time. High courts should exercise powers within their jurisdiction.”
He said that the outgoing chief justice had faced many constitutional, societal and political challenges during his tenure and headed the judiciary in “very difficult circumstances”. Justice Nisar’s services for humanitarian causes will be remembered, he added.
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25 August, 2019