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38, 205 cases pending as Chief Justice Saqib Nisar admits failure

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The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar says he has failed as the head of an institution to put his house in order.

“I admit openly that I have been unable to put the house in order,” the chief justice acknowledged while heading a four-judge bench that had taken up a petition seeking fresh rules for lower courts to decide suits, petitions and appeals within a stipulated time limit.

The petition was jointly moved by Umeer Ijaz Gilani, Attaullah Hakeem Kundi, Muhammad Haider Imtiaz, Raheel Ahmed and Hadiya Aziz, all legal practitioners.

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During the hearing, CJP also mentioned the Larkana incident, in which he misbehaved with an additional sessions judge and threw his phone on his desk.

Meanwhile, the federal government told the Supreme Court that it has received data that reveals that 38, 205 cases, including petitions, appeals, and revisions, were pending before different courts in the four provinces and the capital against the Centre. Once complete information was received, the same would be provided to the court, the federal government said.

The CJP hinted that he might constitute a larger bench to hear the matter.

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