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Dated: 7-September-2013

Today, a Meeting of the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC) was held in the Committee Room, Supreme Court Building Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice of Pakistan / Chairman, NJPMC. During the meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Judiciaries of Pakistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir for bilateral cooperation for improving the capacity and performance of justice sector institutions by setting up performance standards.
On the occasion, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan / Chairman, National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee said that administration of justice is a pre-requisite for rule of law in a society and the Judiciary plays central role in promoting social justice by shielding the rights of every citizen. He further stated that with each passing day the level of confidence in the Judiciary is increasing and in this regard National Judicial Policy has played an important role. He hoped that signing of MoU will help to improve the system administration of justice in both States.
On this historical moment, the Hon’ble Mr. Justice Muhammad Azam Khan, Chief Justice of Azad Jammu and Kashmir stated that in past there was no formal interaction between the Judiciaries of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan, however, after restoration of independent Judiciary, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan / Chairman, NJPMC provided us opportunity to participate in the meetings of NJPMC and to observe the impact of National Judicial Policy on the justice system. This informal interaction lead the AJK Judiciary to apply the strategies provided in the National Judicial Policy for clearing the backlog. After realizing the results, we decided to institutionalize this informal interaction by signing MoU for bilateral cooperation. He hoped that this MoU will play important role in strengthening the administration of justice in the State of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He also thanked to the Members of NJPMC for their cooperation and giving opportunity to have formal interaction.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan, Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court, Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Chief Justice High Court of Balochistan, Mr. Justice Mushir Alam, Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh, Mr. Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court, Mr. Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Mr. Justice Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi, Chief Justice, Islamabad High Court, Mr. Justice Faisal Arab, Judge, High Court of Sindh and Registrar, Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Mr. Justice Mohammad Azam Khan, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Justice Raja Saeed Akram Khan, Judge Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Justice Rana Muhammad Arshid Khan, Chief Judge, Supreme Appellate Court Gilgit-Baltistan, Mr. Justice Ghulam Mustafa Mughal, Chief Justice, High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Mr. Justice Sahib Khan, Chief Judge, Chief Court of Gilgit-Baltistan also attended the meeting on special invitation.
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