Indian judiciary's pursuit of public interest litigations came in for praise by Pakistan's suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar M Chaudhry, who was greeted by a large number of supporters during his road travel to Faisalabad in Punjab province.
Chaudhry travelled to Faisalabad city of Punjab province from Islamabad and took over 24 hours to cover a distance of 290 kilometres as he was accorded massive roadside receptions. "In a more comprehensive way, public interest litigation was adopted in the courts in India. Early in 1980s the courts in
India were poised to entertain cases of public interest litigation and issued appropriate directions to redress grievances and grant relief to the poor and underprivileged groups and section of the society. Pakistan's courts soon caught up," Chaudhry said addressing lawyers' meetings in Chakwal and Faisalabad.
The suspended Chief Justice's convoy carrying several hundred cars rolled into the industrial city of Faisalabad on Sunday morning, a day after setting off from Islamabad. Throughout the day and Saturday night, his convoy was showered with massive public receptions on the way by lawyers' bodies and opposition parties.
Earlier in April, his convoy took over 24 hours while travelling from Islamabad to Lahore which set off alarm bells in the government. He took around the same time to go to Faisalabad, which motorists normally cover in less then two and half hours.
Though devoid of the live coverage by TV channels due to fears of reprisals from the government, his travel apparently evoked heavy public response in urban centres on the way in towns like Chakwal.