LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Saqib Nisar dismissed undue criticism while addressing a ceremony in Lahore today. He said that the captain depends on his team and the Supreme Court is incomplete without Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.

Speaking on the occasion, he asserted that the judiciary is independent and everyone should be proud of it. He promised that they will not let democracy be crippled and ensure the rule of law in the country.

“All the members of the bench are honest and competent. Without Justice Ejaz Afzal, the bench is incomplete.” he said.

He termed the bar and the bench as indispensable to each other’s integrity and the crippling of either of the two cripples the whole institution. He said that it was the duty of the judiciary to eliminate discord and provide justice as a duty, not favor upon anyone.

“No judge has the authority to decide cases as per personal whims.” he remarked.

He further said that officials require “sifarish” to draw pension from the institution they serve their whole lives. “Those who are responsible for the downtrodden are not able to cater to them properly.” he remarked.

“Nations confront challenges, but they face them with steadfastness. One year of uprightness develops into a habit ultimately.” he said. “We need a robust judicial system, honest leadership and education. We have to dispense justice with patience and perseverance.”

He designated Justice Khosa as the head of the bench hearing Nehal Hashmi’s case and assured of hearing soon.