Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said usurping the freedom of people could not be allowed in the war against terrorism on the pretext of national security and preservation of democracy. He said that it was the responsibility of all institutions including the judiciary and government to protect the democracy in country. He said all institutions should have to work while remaining in constitutional domain, adding that all institutions should work for the rule of law in the country.
Addressing a full court reference in honour of Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said human rights could not be ignored at any cost.
The chief justice added that Pakistan was plagued by several wars besides terrorism and sectarianism. He said the country was also waging a war against the abuse of minorities, women and children.
Hr said it was our responsibility to stand united for Pakistan. Chief Justice said that state institutions in the country should play their respective roles to strengthen justice but avoid exceeding their limits.
Justice Jillani said the country was faced with terrorism, sectarian conflicts and issues of basic rights.
He said it was our duty to abide by the rule of law, ensure human dignity and uphold the values of tolerance and trust.
He said a country formed on a constitutional basis should ensure political, social and economic justice.
He added that every state agency should strive to achieve the aforesaid goals, adding that no institution should exceed its assigned role.
The CJ said that the country was passing through a difficult phase and the rule of law was an unending quest.
He said the protection of democracy was the responsibility of the government and other institutions and added that even the courts in the country had to fulfill this responsibility, especially the Supreme Court.
On the occasion, chief justice Jillani and judges of the apex court paid tribute to Justice Khilji.
“We must never relax in our constitutional resolve to protect the rule of law. All of us, the Bench and the Bar, the Government and all institutions must protect democracy… No one’s remarks can bar us from rule of law and democratic principles,” Chief Justice said.
Chief Justice said being a Judge of the Supreme Court Justice Khilji harnessed his vast expertise and firm grasp of the law to bring forth a level of unparalleled wisdom.
“Justice Arif Khilji, has devoted his prudent insight, legal acumen and insightful mind to the development of the rule of law in our country,” CJ added.
Addressing the reference, Justice Khilji said “whatever I have done was a part of my duty as a Judge. I have always tried to contribute towards furthering the cause of justice.” Justice Khilji said he is proud of many decisions of the Supreme Court of Pakistan including the 31st July 2009 verdict. Justice Khilji said he could not give good Pakistan to masses of the country but he is leaving very good judiciary behind him.
Justice Khilji thanked Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, his colleague Judges and family members for their support.