CJP Justice Gulzar Ahmed address on opening ceremony of New Judicial Year 2020 - 21

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CJP Justice Gulzar Ahmed address on opening ceremony of New Judicial Year 2020 - 21

ISLAMABAD – Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Monday has said that the judiciary shall continue to strive to uphold the supremacy of the constitution to foster justice in all circumstances and to ensure rule of law in the country.

He was addressing the opening ceremony of the New Judicial Year 2020-21 of the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Monday.

The chief justice said justice cannot be delivered and fundamental rights of the people cannot be protected unless the judges are fully independent and under no external pressure.

He said that every judge of the superior judiciary is under solemn oath, inter alia, to discharge the duties honestly to the best of his ability and faithfully in accordance with the constitution and the law, and, in all circumstances, to do right to all manner of people, according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.

He said it is not only a privilege to be a judge but a heavy duty is cast upon judges, even under the oath, to preserve, protect and defend the constitution, and not allow their personal interest to influence the official conduct or official decisions.