SC’s 17 judges can’t watch over whole country: Justice Hani

HYDERABAD: The Supreme Court’s justice Amir Hani Muslim has said if the government’s institutions perform their responsibilities properly many matters can be resolved without seeking the courts’ intervention. Justice Muslim expressed these views while addressing a farewell dinner organized by Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA), Hyderabad chapter, in the Sindh High Court’s premises here.
‘The problem is that it isn’t possible for 17 judges in the supreme court to watch over the whole country,’ he said. He said since 2004 the judiciary passed orders for computerization of Sindh’s revenue record but the same could not be accomplished even after 12 years.
In comparison, Punjab government had computerized its revenue record, he added. The judge said a long period of time had passed since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, in whose reaction the revenue offices were also set on fire, in 2007 but still the record had not been completely uploaded on the computers. The justice said the people in Sindh were being provided contaminated drinking water.
However, the Sindh government had constituted a special task force on a recent order of the apex court to address that problem, he added. According to him, untreated waste water from the industries, pharmaceutical companies and municipal waste was being released in the river and the canals. The justice said some of the decisions of the apex court apparently trouble the provincial government but those decisions were over the matters of the good governance.
In the US a high court conducts hearing of hardly 15 cases per day but in Pakistan around 100 or more cases were heard daily. He said when he was young his father wanted to make him a doctor but he could not get admission in the medical college and he enrolled himself in a bachelor of science program from Sindh University. After graduation he joined the student politics which worried his family, he added.
Thereon, the judge told, he enrolled himself in a bachelor of law degree program and after graduation joined the legal profession. The judge expressed gratitude for organizing a farewell days before his retirement on March 31.
Earlier, the SHCBA’s President Advocate Ayaz Tunio addressed the event and shed light of the orders passed by Justice Muslim during his stint in the apex court and the SHC.
The Supreme Court’s justices Syed Sajjad Ali Shah, Faisal Arab, Chief Justice Sindh High Court Ahmed Ali Shaikh, SHC’s justices Irfan Saadat, Aqeel Ahmed Abbassi and former CJP Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, among other judges, attended. The guests were presented the traditional gifts of Sindhi cap and ajarak. APP