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Should we think Judicial Reform

Should we think Judicial Reform
Justice Iftikhar Choudhry will have a place in Pakistan history for giving us judicial independence. What we now have to achieve is a working judiciary. For that we should start thinking seriously of judicial reform.   
All of us have personal stories of a justice delayed, justice denied and justice sold. Many of us hesitate to approach the judiciary settling out of court for a song.
Every person has many such stories of long delayed justice. Cases are pending in some cases for decades. Decisions are given without regard to economic consequences. Decisions on economic matters are given without being informed by economic analysis at a cost to the economy.
Judicial reform has been restricted to increasing judges’ perks, compensation and pension and that too for mainly the superior judiciary. Nothing tangible has been done to ensure timely and fair justice.
Perhaps it is time that initiate a discussion on how our strong independent judiciary can deliver speedy…

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Why are appointments in Pakistan so badly made?

People are totally confused about the economy. One way of looking at the economy is that it is the aggregate of all economic decisions taken in a time period. If the government is run on archaic principles with poor decision-making, don’t expect great outcomes for the economy. The process of human resource management in the government is at the heart of the slow growth in our economy. Think about it. Let me give you some food for thought.
All appointments in Pakistan’s public sector are highly centralized. The refrain is that we cannot trust appointments to be decentralized for there will be poor quality appointments and possible corruption. Hence the rationale for secretaries and bureaucrats to be on all governing bodies of public sector enterprises, includinguniversities, think-tank’s and other non-profits. Meanwhile the principle accounting officer of all these bodies remains the secretary who does meddle and vitiate the authority of the board and the CEO.
The result is that we have a…