Supreme Court performance from Jan-August 2016

Supreme Court performance from Jan-August 2016

ISLAMABAD: (APP) The Supreme Court has disposed of 12,223 cases and 20,001 Human Rights (HR) applications from January to August-2016 according to official data of the apex court.

The above mentioned duration also witnessed filing of 14,562 new cases with institution rate of cases ascended to unprecedented levels. The backlog was recorded around 30,404 cases.

A total 27,916 cases were pending on judicial side till December 31, 2015 while 14,562 new cases were instituted and 149 cases were restored during this year, as such the progressive total of the pending cases reached to 42,627 cases.

Of the total, 12,223 cases were disposed off, leaving a total 30,404 pending cases according to the record.

Chief Justice, Anwar Zaheer Jamali has expressed satisfaction over the disposal of cases while reviewing the institution, disposal and pendency of judicial cases and human rights applications during the period mentioned above.

With an aim to provide inexpensive and expeditious justice to litigants and to minimize backlog of the cases, the Chief Justice also constituted various regular and larger benches at Principal Seat, Islamabad as well as at Registries to expedite cases and clear backlog.

Despite Summer vacations, the Court continued to function on regular basis and the Chief Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court continued to hear cases.

At Principal Seat Islamabad, 8,464 cases were instituted while 8,228 cases were disposed off during the period.

At Branch Registry Lahore, 4,259 cases were instituted while 2578 cases were disposed off.

Similarly, at Branch Registry Karachi, 1,051 cases were instituted while 1,370 cases were disposed off.

At Branch Registry Peshawar, 629 cases were instituted while 47 cases were disposed off and in Quetta 159 cases were instituted.

A total 10,526 applications were pending in HR Cell till December 31, 2015 and during the last eight months, 19,253 new applications were received by the HR Cell, as such progressive total of pending applications remained 29,779.

Out of these, 20,001 applications were redressed and disposed off, reducing the pending applications 9,778.

According to PR Cell of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of Pakistan  appreciated efforts of judges and expressed the hope that very soon the Court would succeed in considerably reducing pendency by expediting disposal of cases.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Chief Justice also took suo moto notices of many issues involving question of public importance with reference to enforcement of Fundamental Rights under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.

Major amongst them were illegal appointments, promotion and adjustments without any advertisement/interview on basis of bogus service structure in Sindh Health Department, payment of  Rs. 50 million fee to various advocates by EOBI to defend its former Chairman Zafar Iqbal Gondal, failure of Pakistan International

Airline (PIA) to refund passengers when flights were cancelled due to strike against its privatization, cutting of trees from Margalla Hills and Lora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) by stone crushing mafia, miserable condition of Sandeman Provincial Hospital, Quetta, political influence and interference with working of Sindh Police, deputation of Police Service of Pakistan officers in Federal

Investigation Agency (FIA), delay in carrying out census in the country, non-performance of constitutional duties by Election Commission of Pakistan, illegal transplantation of human organs, abduction of children in Punjab and illegalities, contraventions and violations in appointments within National Accountability Bureau (NAB).