JERUSALEM: Former Pakistan Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, who served under President Pervez Musharraf from 1999 to 2003, spoke virtually at a seminar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
At the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the former Chief Justice of Pakistan urged Israeli students on the necessity of defending the integrity of the judiciary.
When Pervez Musharraf tried to abolish Pakistan’s judicial branch, Jillani and other Pakistani judges opposed his plans. He told the Independent Conference on Judicial Independence about his efforts in maintaining Pakistan’s Judiciary freedom.
The three-day conference came to a close on Thursday.
Discussing the pressure to delay a decision that came shortly after the blast on a group of lawyers at an Islamabad rally during his time and, knowing the choice would enrage President Pervez Musharraf, he remarked, “Let them blast the court — we will announce the judgment on the street and Constitution Avenue.”
Shimon Shetreet, a professor at the Hebrew University and the head of the International Association for Judicial Independence and World Peace, wrote the book that tied Jillani’s story of judicial independence to Israel and the conference.
The former CJP described how a lawyer representing Musharraf misquoted a word from a book by Shetreet, but refused to share the actual copy of the book with him so that he could verify the whole passage. A copy of the book was then delivered by Shetreet personally through courier because it was typically out of print. Jillani eventually received it to check the context.