ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court cannot accept persons being forced to commit suicide as a protest for denial of justice.

Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said while addressing Law and Justice Commission conference on ‘Fundamental Rights - The Promise of a Justice Society’ held yesterday.

He said, “If we want to make this Pakistan happy and prosperous then we should concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor.”

He said there is need to re-examine those laws and policies that are unfair in content and/or application and undermine the constitutional values. “All state institutions and organs need to critically assess their respective efforts against the ethical vision that inspired the creation of state and reaffirm their commitment through state actions and conduct.”

The Chief Justice said that the constitution has to be construed and interpreted in its totality as an integrated and mutually reinforcing document. For this purpose, there needs to be greater legislative, executive and judicial emphasis on the implementation.

He said in order to avoid needless litigation, the legislature and the executive must ensure that laws, policies and their actions comply with fundamental rights to avoid being declared null and void by the courts.