ISLAMABAD: A judiciary responding to the needs of society goes a long way in strengthening democracy in the country adding that our courts have protected our citizens from the exercise of arbitrary power. Mr. Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Yousaf, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, expressed these views in his lecture on “ Judicial Administration in Islam” while inaugurating the two-day workshop on “ Judicial Good Governance” being held here at the Federal Judicial Academy ( FJA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights ( Access to Justice Program) on Friday.
Delivering his research-oriented and exhaustive lecture he said: it goes without saying that if a chieftain himself has a bad conscience, having committed a prohibited thing, he would have little courage to reproach others about that thing. “Therefore Islam has struck at the root and the source of this kind of evil, and declared that nobody is exempt from obligations, not even the sovereign, and not even the Holy Prophet (PBUH)” he observed.
He said: the teaching as well as the practice of the Prophet Muhammad, followed by his successors, requires that the head of the State should be capable of being cited before the tribunals of the country, without the least restriction. “The Islamic tradition has been that judges never hesitated in practice to decide even against their sovereigns in cases of default” he maintained.
Referring to the development of the Muslim law he said that the Muslim law began as the law of a State and of a ruling community and served the purposes of the community when the Muslim rule grew in dimension and extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific. “It had an inherent capacity to develop and to adapt itself to the exigencies of time and clime. It has not lost its dynamism even today, in fact it is obtaining more and more recognition as an agency for good, by Muslim countries which were formerly under foreign political – and therefore juridical – domination, and are trying to reintroduce the Shar’iah in all walks of life” he expounded.
Expressing his optimism about the outcome of the workshop, Director General of the Academy Mr. Moazzam Hayat said that he was confident that such workshops would a long way to reactivate the innate leadership qualities among the participants. “The knowledge gained by them in this workshop would enable them to take practical steps for making reforms in their respective districts” he hoped.
“In order to build confidence in the public that a district can be managed without a District Magistrate, the District and Sessions Judges have to rejuvenate their leadership qualities” he concluded. At the conclusion, Mr. Justice (Retd) Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, former Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan gave his concluding remarks. Fifteen district and sessions judges are participating in the two-day workshop which will conclude on Saturday (today) and Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar will give away certificates to them in a certificates awarding ceremony, said Hashim Abro spokesman of the FJA.-SANA