The judicial and legal fraternity from the country and abroad has assembled in the Federal capital, Islamabad, to participate in the three-day International Judicial Conference so as to mull over a plethora of problem and challenges being faced by our judicial and legal system in the country. It is, indeed, a positive sign. It is a fact nationally acknowledged that in the wake of historic lawyers’ movement for the restoration of judges, pragmatic efforts have been made to sensitise the judges but still much more is needed to sensitize the poorly-paid paralegal staff. Sindh province is a classic example where subordinate judicial staff is poorly paid but still it is much more sensitized. As evident still the old legal adage ‘justice delayed is justice denied’ is at work in our judicial system. Inordinate delays and corruption at the subordinate and lower courts’ level still prevails. The litigants are meanwhile screaming for inexpensive and quick dispensation of justice. Unless all stakeholders of the legal and judicial system learn to tell the truth, the desired results would not be achieved. It must be kept in mind that nations derive their strength, not from money and weapons but from he fundamental institution of judiciary.

HASHIM ABRO,

Islamabad, April 14.