ISLAMABAD - Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, has said that if the justice is administered in any society, it creates a feeling of satisfaction.

Presiding over the ceremony of International Justice Day and launching of Legal Empowerment of the Poor Programme, as a chief guest here on Tuesday, he said if every body is treated equally and the light of lamp of justice showers without any discrimination, then life on the planet will become peaceful.

The ceremony was organized by UNDP/UNOPS at a local hotel.  Justice Shakirullah said that injustice in the society breaks the very fabric on which the whole net of social life hinges. It is rightly said that a person may survive without any religious belief, but not without justice. Injustice becomes a threat to the inhabitants of the society.

He said that indeed, the world has turned into a global village. Injustice anywhere in the society has cross-border impacts. The instability and law and order situation of one country badly affects the peace and law and order situation of the other countries on the globe. In the present scenario of the world when the world is in the evil clutches of terrorist activities this fact hardly needs any elaboration.

On this point of time the efforts of the international community for improving the justice sector and thinking about the poor people of Pakistan can not lost sight of, Justice Shakirullah said. The projects for the legal empowerment of the poor in our society are need of the hour and it would surely contribute and improve the better access to justice for the poor, he maintained. He further said that the authority and sources given to the privileged class are not only the test of their kind heartedness and nobility by the Creator but it is also their the duty to think for their betterment.

The economic instability and the difference of classes of haves and have-nots are increasing in the countries like Pakistan. There are still the old dogmas and concept haunting the minds of the poor and neglected class of the people especially those who are unable to get access to justice. He said that in Pakistan there are a large number of people who are unable to get their rights. There is little literacy and the lack of knowledge of fundamental rights, which has also aggravated the situation. On the one hand people hardly know that what are their fundamental rights and on the other hand chains of poverty and lack of resources grip them in their vicious clutches.  The unequal distribution of wealth in the society being one of the main reasons in the way of peace and justice has become a menace. He said: “I am sure that the efforts for justice in one part of the world would have positive impact on the stability and peace in the international perspective.

The people who would have peace and stability would never become pray to the evil and nefarious designs of the terrorists.”

In fighting against the injustice and making sure the access of justice for all it is our collective responsibility to make it sure that the legal empowerment especially of the poor classes is made sure and ascertained.

Indeed the judiciary of Pakistan is not ignorant of all these issues, we are aware that it is the Constitutional responsibility of our State to ensure justice in Pakistan.

The whole system of administration of justice has been established by the Constitution to deliver the justice without any discrimination, he said.

The increasing population and litigation has posed new challenges to the judiciary. These continuous challenges do not match with our limited resources. We have little number of Judges with lack of infrastructure. The Judge to case ratio in some parts of the country is so high that one judge has to handle more than one thousand cases, which become a challenge. These are certain facts due to which our goals have not been fully accomplished.

Justice Shakirullah appreciated the efforts of the UNDP and United Nations Office for Project Services, with the aim to contribute to provide better access of justice especially to the poor it would help the masses.