JI says judicial system collapsed to disseminate justice

F.P. Report

LOWER DIR: Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq has said that the existing judicial system has completely failed in providing easy and cheap justice to the people in Pakistan. He said that the establishment of peace was the sole responsibility of the state.

He expressed these views while addressing a grand jirga at Ghanam Shah area of Jandol, the home town of Sirajul Haq, as chief guest here on Saturday after a settlement of the enmity between the families of Babar Jan and Mohammad Anwar. The parties hugged each other and vowed to live like brothers in future. The jirga succeeded to end the enmity after eight years.

The former Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shaukatullah, former MPAs Izazul Mulk Afkari, Haji Bahadar Khan and other members of the jirga also addressed the gathering. Sirajul Haq said that the Gujjar community and the Sadaat tribe had an important role in the establishment of peace and brotherhood in the area. “It is the responsibility of the state and local leaders to find a sustainable solution to the conflicts between rivals”, Siraj said and lauded the jirga’s efforts for resolving the old enmity.

He said that thousands of cases were pending in the courts, while on the other hand; long-standing conflicts were being resolved through the Jirgas of elders in Pukhtun society. He said the British government in the past had tried to degrade the jirga system in Pukhtun tribal areas despite its important role in conflict resolution. He demanded the government to give legal status to the jirgas through parliamentary legislation.