LAHORE – Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial has expressed dismay over the lowest rate of conviction in criminal cases in Pakistan and sought judges help.

He was addressing at the Punjab Judicial Academy (PDA) during a prize distribution to the judges and staff of the district judiciary who excelled in deciding the old cases during the last couple of months. The chief justice advised the judges to decide cases with maximum possible co-operation and assistance of the bar as well as with full application of mind. The judgments delivered on technical grounds had no value as these are meant to vanish in case of appeal and become a burden for the higher judiciary, he added.“There is no substitute of hard work and quality of judgments can be maintained by dint of hard work and proper assistance of the lawyers,” he said.

The judges who got laptops included District & Sessions Judge, Gujrat, Muhammad Tariq Abbasi, Additional District & Sessions Judges, Mr. Javed Iqbal Warraich and Mr. Shahid Mahmood, Senior Civil Judge Gujrat, Mr. Muhammad Faisal Ahmad as well as Civil Judges-Cum-Judicial Magistrates, Malik Azmat Ullah Awan, Mr. Anwaar Ullah, Mr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan Raja, Mr. Fayyaz Ahmed Butter, Mr. Irfan Akram Tarar, Mr. Naveed Khaliq, Mr. Umar Rasheed, Mr. Usman Sarwar, Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Sapra, Mr. Abid Zubair, Mr. Ghulam Shabbir Hussain, Mr. Muhammad Arif, Mr. Iqbal Sapra, Mr. Umar Sharif Sheikh, Mrs. Afshan Ijaz Sufi and Mr. Rehan Subtain, Sardar Tahir Sabir. Whereas the judges who got letters of appreciations included D&SJs Mr. Nazir Ahmad Gajana, Mr. Rasheed Qamar, Mr. Muhammad Tariq Abbasi, Mr. Muqarrab Ali Khan, Mr. Mahboob Qadir Shah, Mr. Bahadar Ali Khan, Mr. Abid Hussain Queshi, District and Sessions Judges and Presidents of Bar Associations of the districts Gujrat, Narowal, Kasur, Bhakkar, Khushab, Bahawalnagar, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Chiniot and Lodhran. Besides 21 Civil Judges who disposed off more than 30 contested cases in the month of November and December, 2012, were also given appreciation letters.