‘No shortcuts in the path of justice,’ says SC’s Justice Azmat Saeed in farewell speech – Pakistan

On Tuesday, a reference to the entire court was held in the Supreme Court in honor of Judge Sheikh Azmat Saeed, who has reached retirement.

Directed by the President of the Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa, the ceremony was attended by high-ranking judges and lawyers, including the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association and the vice president of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).

In his farewell address at the reference, Judge Saeed stressed the importance of an independent judiciary and said: "Pakistan's justice system has been established after much work, brick by brick."

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"I hope there are no shortcuts in the way of [provision of] justice. "

Judge Saeed also expressed the hope that his fellow judges will realize the difference between "judicial anarchy and justice."

He said it was no less than an honor for him to serve people by becoming part of the judiciary. "Everyone should play their part in the provision of justice," the judge advised.

The president of the court, Khosa, in his comments described Judge Saeed as an asset of the higher judiciary, saying it had been an honor to have worked with him.

He noted that the outgoing judge had written several historical verdicts and unraveled several uncertain issues during his time in the superior court.

"Judge Saeed's belief in the rule of law and the Constitution is evident from his sentences," Judge Khosa said.

Praising Judge Saeed's services to the judiciary, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan said the judge had written important verdicts about military courts and the right to a fair trial.

"The judiciary is losing a capable judge today," he said, respecting Judge Saeed on behalf of the federal government.

PBC Vice President, Syed Amjad Shah, in his speech accused the government of using tactics to suppress "dissenting voices."

"Should institutions be allowed to exceed their authority? Do parliament and courts function independently?" I ask.

He said the Supreme Court should force all institutions to stay within their constitutional limits, adding that interference in political matters damages the reputation of the judiciary.

The vice president of the PBC also expressed concern about what he said was "hearing out of turn" of references against certain judges of the superior court.

He said he expected an SC court bank to hear the requests against the presidential reference filed against Judge Qazi Faez Isa.

The president of the SCBA, Amanullah Kanrani, noted that Judge Saeed had given an excellent explanation of Article 62 (1) (f) in the case of the Panama Papers and gave the "historic" verdict in favor of hearing the Council's references Supreme Judicial in public hearing.

He said that the SCBA believes that hearing cases in transparent and open courts is a fundamental right.

In short: Judge Saeed's career

Judge Saeed first registered as a lawyer for the Lahore High Court (LHC) in 1981 and was subsequently promoted to a lawyer for the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Judge Saeed also served as a special prosecutor for the Ehtesab Office in 1997 and was a member of the legal team that processes many high-profile cases in the LHC.

According to the SC website, he served as special prosecutor of the National Office of Responsibility in 2001. Judge Saeed was appointed additional judge of the LHC in 2004. In 2012, he was elevated as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Last month, Judge Saeed took an oath as president of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and held the title until August 3.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1501989/no-shortcuts-in-the-path-of-justice-says-scs-justice-azmat-saeed-in-farewell-speech

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