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Existing laws need to be updated to ensure progress, says former CJP

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Published: February 24, 2019

Honesty is a key feature for a country to succeed, said the former CJP. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI : Former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar has said that the world has succeeded after reforming laws, education, and justice system, therefore Pakistan needs to do the same.

“Legislation is the most powerful institution,” he said adding that judiciary will be responsible to some extent if we fail to upgrade our law.

The former CJP was addressing a ceremony of the Karachi Council of Foreign relations in Karachi on Sunday.

Chairman of Karachi Council of Foreign relations Ikram Sehgal, Secretary Huma Baqai, and various others also attended the ceremony.

Speaking about accountability the former CJP said that the businessmen are vital for a country’s prosperity and progress. “The accountability process should be clear to prevent corruption and no injustice should be done with anyone”.

If our laws are not updated then one institution or another is at fault, said Saqib Nisar, adding that, “Provincial autonomy was beneficial for the country, however, the 18th amendment was drawn up behind closed doors.”


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“No dialogue took place on the 18th amendment, now there is a dialogue taking place on the amendment.”

He further said that no steps were taken to curb white-collar crime. “If they want to obtain results through old laws, it will not be possible,” he said adding that those involved in white-collar crimes do not leave any traces.

“We will have to access tools that can help us to curb the crime,” he added.

The former CJP said that we didn’t get country for free, but it was as a result of sacrifices many visionary leaders including Qauid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal.

The world has succeeded after reforming their laws and strengthening of institutions, said Mian Nisar.

“If institutions are not strong the country won’t succeed,” CJP said.

Honesty is a key feature for a country to succeed, said the former CJP.


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Addressing the impending water crisis in the country, the former CJP said that during his time he tried to take steps to save and conserve water, he said the instructed to install filtration plants which are responsible for cleansing 25 per cent of the city’s water supply.

“Polluted water is being used for irrigation,” the former CJP lamented.

Answering one of the questions the former CJP said that we have a choice but to upgrade our existing laws, and parliament is the only intuition which can achieve this feat.
 

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