Wasting the Time of the Court

Wasting the Time of the Court

Islamabad : Pakistan | Jul 27, 2012 at 11:56 AM PDT
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Justice Jawad S Khawaja was reported the other day to have said that 50% of the Court’s time gets wasted on unnecessary issues. It is, he was reported to have said, because other institutions, meaning the executive, do not perform their work properly. This statement of his reminded me of General Niazi’s statement somewhere in 2004, that he could not focus on the military preparedness during the 1971 War, because he had to look after the civilian matters as well. This self-imposition of others’ work did Pakistan great damage in the shape of the dismemberment of East Pakistan. It should be hoped that we learn from history and all start looking after their own business. The superior judiciary, rather than disposing off cases which are related to contempt, may like to attend to their primary work—giving justice in hundreds of thousands of pending cases and corruption in its own ranks. Otherwise it would appear to history an escapist judiciary. Wasting the time of the court by judges can also be construed as contempt of court.

Arif Khattak is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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