KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali has said that judiciary is independent and free from any influence or expediencies, Aaj News reported.
“If you don’t have any personal agenda, you do not have any pressure,” the chief justice said while speaking at the seminar on “Role of Ombudsman in Providing Administrative Justice in Sindh” organized by Provincial Ombudsman Sindh Asad Ashraf Malik, here at Governor House.
The chief justice said that justice was vital for the development of a country.
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that Ombudsman was an independent institution, adding that the office of the Provincial Ombudsman Sindh was more active now as compared to the past.
In his speech, Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat-ul-Ebad lauded the performance of Sindh Ombudsman. He said there were only three offices of the Provincial Ombudsman in 2003 and now 16 offices across the province were busy in providing justice to the people at their door steps.
He said that approval for the establishment of five more offices had been given.
In his welcome speech, Sindh Ombudsman, Asad Ashraf Malik threw light on the performance of the institution.
He said efforts were being made to set up Ombudsman office in every district. He said Ombudsman does not have stay power, which causes problems in some cases.
Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim, Justice (retd) Aslam Jaffery and Acting Chief Secretary Sindh Ajaz Ali Khan also spoke.
Media, higher judiciary, academic institutions, businessmen, among others, attended the seminar.