ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Farooq H. Naek said about ninety per cent of the judges who took oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) have been restored by the government and there is no PCO-judge in the country. Talking to media persons here soon after the oath taking ceremony of the Supreme Court judges on Saturday, he said that PPP led government soon after March 31, was committed to fulfill its promises of restoration of deposed judges and removal of Pervez Musharraf. “Almost all the deposed judges have been restored with their seniority and back benefits ensured, he added.
He said all the deposed judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts have taken oath under third schedule and no judge could be called as PCO-judge. He said we were out to strengthen institutions and for speedy and affordable dispensation of justice, the government was in the process of establishing fast track and evening courts.
For this purpose, the Law Minister said that he would be meeting with five Chief Justices of High Courts and four Provincial Law Ministers soon after Eid to deliberate upon an efficient judicial system and to corroborate their opinions. He said all the measures were being taken for the welfare of general public.
About deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry’s position, Naek emphatically said “We have invited all the deposed judges with open mind to take fresh oath, but so far as the constitutional obligations and provisions are concerned, there can be no two Chief Justices. Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar has already taken oath under the Constitution as the Chief Justice of Pakistan.”
He also ruled out any contact with the deposed Chief Justice. He said the government wanted rule of law, free judiciary and vocal parliament as it was the desire of our late leader Shaheed Benazir Bhutto He called upon the general public and concerned people to put forward their valuable suggestions to the Law ministry so that these could be incorporated for strengthening state institutions.-SANA