ISLAMABAD  - Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday observed that the decisions of Supreme Court stood only on the affirmation of rule of law and constitutionalism.

Addressing a Full Court reference held here to pay homage to former chief justice Afzal Zullah, he said cases were adjudicated on facts disregard of consequences which may follow and irrespective of the status of parties that appear before the court.

The chief justice said the court was fully aware of its constitutional role that was to administer justice impartially.

Paying tribute to the late CJ, he said having such legacy, the Supreme Court would always work for the betterment and welfare of the people and never allow any transgression on the dignity of citizens.

“We have been sworn in to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution. This court will always decide cases according to the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will,” he added. 

The chief justice said that being the torchbearer, the Supreme Court would never let down the dignity inherited from a legend like the late CJ.

He said his landmark judgments would always provide intellectual guidance to both the members of Bench and Bar.

“He has been considered to be amongst the pioneers of public interest litigation in the country. He initiated suo moto action on a telegram, in the case of Darshan Masih v. The State , when he, prima facie, considered it to be a case falling in the category of public interest litigation and within the jurisdiction of this court under Article 184 of the Constitution,” he added. He said in the limited time span, Justice Afzal Zullah vigorously pursued his mission of serving the society and doing good for the betterment of the nation.

With hard work and dedicated efforts, he served the nation by consistently striving to give relief to the aggrieved, come to the rescue of deprived and oppressed segments of society, restore rights and entitlement to the legitimate owners, which he did both as a counsel and a judge, through the dispensation of justice, he added.

“As a chief justice, through his colossal efforts, a campaign was initiated to decide cases justly, fairly and expeditiously.  Through his strenuous efforts he gave new dimensions to the judicial activism, rather he is amongst the founders of judicial activism in Pakistan,” he added.