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    The Art of Suo Moto by Chief Justices of Supreme Court Pakistan

    I can name at least two judges 1. Chief Justice Ch. Iftekhar Ahmad 2. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar (I give a dam fame). In their tenure mostly they wasted their times in taking up irrelevant Suo Moto cases, none aimed at improving the judiciary system. The recent Transparency International report indicated that top two corrupt institutions of Pakistan are 1. Police 2. Judiciary Instead of poking noses in the affairs of others why not these judges just improve their image and do something that people can have some faith and confidence in their own judiciary system. I think it is high time that current Chief Justice should take Suo Moto and look why TI had come up to such an horrible conclusion?

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/915...ys-ti-pakistan

    Police and judiciary most corrupt institutions, says TI Pakistan

    A vast majority (85.9%) of people consider the federal government’s self-accountability to be unsatisfactory

    By Ansar Abbasi
    December 08, 2021 Illustrations The News

    ISLAMABAD: The National Corruption Perception Survey 2021 conducted by Transparency International Pakistan finds the police and judiciary the most corrupt institutions in the country.

    The survey, released on Wednesday at 1:00 am, also reveals that the vast majority of people consider the federal government’s self-accountability to be unsatisfactory. According to the survey, the three most important causes of corruption are weak accountability (51.9%), the greed of powerful people (29.3%) and low salaries (18.8%).

    According to a TI Pakistan press release, the TI has conducted National Corruption Perception Surveys five times in the last 20 years: NCPS 2002, NCPS 2006, NCPS 2009, NCPS 2010 and 2011. In 2021, TI Pakistan conducted the National Corruption Perception Survey 2021 in all four provinces. The survey was conducted from October 14, 2021, to October 27, 2021. The survey reflects the perception of the general public on very important governance issues.
    As per the TI Pakistan announcement, the following are the key findings of the latest report:
    1. The National Corruption Perception Survey 2021 has revealed that police remain the most corrupt sector, the judiciary was seen as second most corrupt, tendering and contracting the third most corrupt while health has climbed to become the fourth most corrupt since the last NCPS 2011. According to the Judicial Statistics of Pakistan 2020 report by the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee, there are 46,698 cases pending in the Supreme Court and 1,772,990 cases pending in the District Judiciary.
    2. A vast majority (85.9%) of people consider the federal government’s self-accountability to be unsatisfactory.
    3. Pakistanis continued to believe that the corruption in the government sector is high. The police (41.4%), judiciary (17.4%) and contracting/tendering (10.3%) are the three most corrupt sectors according to the survey, while contracts of roads (59.8%), cleanliness and garbage collection (13.8%), access to water (13.3%) and the drainage system (13.1%) are top the list of public services for which people have to pay bribes to get access to.
    4. The three most important causes of corruption, according to the NCPS 2021, are weak accountability (51.9%), the greed of powerful people (29.3%) and low salaries (18.8%).
    5. As measures to reduce corruption, 40.1% of Pakistanis say an increase in/stringent punishments for corruption cases, 34.6% Pakistanis say accountability of public officers by expediting NAB’s handling of corruption cases, and 25.3% say a complete ban on those convicted of corruption from holding public office, are key to combat corruption in Pakistan.
    6. The survey also sheds light on local governments and how their presence could have helped Pakistan establish a firmer grip on the situation arising out of Covid-19.
    7. A large number (47.8%) of Pakistanis consider that if local government elected representatives were in place, Covid-19 public awareness campaigns could have been launched in a more effective manner.
    8. A large proportion of Pakistanis (72.8%) believe that public sector corruption at the grassroots levels has increased due to the absence of local government.
    9. A total of 89.1% of Pakistanis say that they did not pay any bribe to any government official during the federal government’s Covid-19 relief efforts for deserving citizens.
    10. A significant proportion of the population (81.4%) has denied that it willingly pays bribes and instead there was a clear perception that bribes are extorted from the public through tactics such as inaction or delay in the provision of public services.
    11. Compared to the three most recent federal governments, the majority of Pakistanis (92.9%) consider inflation and the price hike to be the highest during the current PTI government (2018-2021), compared to 4.6 % who thought the same for the PML-N government (2013-2018) and 2.5% of the PPP government (2008-2013).
    12. This coincides with 85.9% Pakistanis who say that their income levels have been squeezed and have decreased during the last three years.
    13. The main reasons citizens blame for rising inflation and unemployment are: government incompetence (50.6%), corruption (23.3%), undue Interference of politicians in government affairs (9.6%) and lack of implementation of policies (16.6%).
    14. The majority of Pakistanis (66.8%) believes that the present government’s accountability drive is partial.





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    There are many things that ail Pakistan, and corruption is just one of them. There is so much out-of-whack that corruption at times seems like a "solution" when it comes to getting legit work done efficiently. For example, I had the misfortune of getting a phone cleared by customs and PTA last year. Nobody asked me for any bribe, but I had to spend so much time, money and energy on going from office-to-office that I would have willingly paid bribe on top of taxes if someone would have saved me from that.

    Anyway, Mazhar Abbas has shared some more information about the murder(assassination?) of Murtaza Bhutto. Najeeb was also murdered in the same tenure of BB. Like countless other high profile murder cases, these two cases will forever remain inconclusive.

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      Originally posted by decentGuy View Post
      Anyway, Mazhar Abbas has shared some more information about the murder(assassination?) of Murtaza Bhutto. Najeeb was also murdered in the same tenure of BB.
      Please open new thread on these horrible murders. Don't derail this thread. If judges haven't be so corrupt in Pakistan you wouldn't have faced any difficulty in getting your legal things done without any difficulty. When murders, rapes, robberies, murders by agencies (like you mentioned above), etc. get clear chits from these judges, you can imagine what is the status of this unfortunate half Pakistan left once founded by Quaid-e-Azam in 1947.

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        Originally posted by Sachaydino View Post

        Please open new thread on these horrible murders. Don't derail this thread. If judges haven't be so corrupt in Pakistan you wouldn't have faced any difficulty in getting your legal things done without any difficulty. When murders, rapes, robberies, murders by agencies (like you mentioned above), etc. get clear chits from these judges, you can imagine what is the status of this unfortunate half Pakistan left once founded by Quaid-e-Azam in 1947.
        I think judiciary has many good people and they try to improve things. Their efforts push judiciary one step forward, but the vested interest pushes the progress 2 steps back. I attended a joint awards ceremony few years ago of a law college in Sindh and I was amazed to see the quality of lawyers and judges who were in attendance there. 70% of the crowd was typical of what one would expect at such gatherings, but the rest was truly promising. I know first hand how terrible the actual working of our courts is. For example, it took 22 years for courts to decide in favor of a house owner in Islamabad who wanted to get an electricity transformer removed from front of his home.

        Not only extreme delays, but some judgements themselves are so out-of-whack that at times I have hoped for a Taliban-style court. Several years ago my car was snatched at gun point. The police found the car within 2 weeks and impounded it. Some other crime was committed by the dacoits using the car before abandoning it. The court ordered the car to remain impounded as it was a piece of evidence in the other case. I visited police station every few days to check on the car that it's parts are not stolen by the police. Long story short, it took a long time and lots of money was spent to get the car back. And we were not allowed to sell that car for several more years on top of that. My family had to go through all that trouble over no fault of ours in the name of procedure.

        When Nawaz Sharif's disqualification happened so quickly, those who know how judiciary works knew very well that something was not right. And now we know that indeed it was not. Having said all that, I think judicial activism or Suo Moto practices should be minimal in a system like ours. Instead judiciary needs to put its own house in order.

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          Originally posted by decentGuy View Post
          When Nawaz Sharif's disqualification happened so quickly, those who know how judiciary works knew very well that something was not right. And now we know that indeed it was not. Having said all that, I think judicial activism or Suo Moto practices should be minimal in a system like ours. Instead judiciary needs to put its own house in order.
          The correction should start from the top. Even the case of NS was mishandled by the top judges. He should have been punished in obvious money laundering case and purchase of Avenfield Apartments and other billions of $s foreign properties. But he was punished in a very vague and unrelated case which had nothing to do with the corruption. Unless top court in Pakistan does not become independent, brave and take decisions even in the cases of corrupt generals, the judiciary will remain as one of the most corrupt, coward and biased institution 1947.

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