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Farewell Address by Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany

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ISLAMABAD:(APS)Oct12,2015-Justice Sarmad Usmani said in his farewell address during full Courts today is indeed a day of reckoning as when a Judge lays down his robes after completing his tenure of service he in turn is judged by his peers and members of the bar. I am indeed flattered by all the paens delivered in my praise. I am sure that I do not deserve them because as I understand matters, whilst on the Bench I did my duty to the best of my ability and in accordance with my conscience. I did no one any favours. I am thankful to Almighty Allah that I have completed my tenure, I hope successfully and satisfactorily.

Justice Sarmad Usmani says these seventeen years that I have remained on the Bench appear to have gone by in a flash. I remember the day when I took the Oath of office as a Judge of the Sindh High Court along with the Hon’ble Chief Justice on 27th May, 1998, it appeared that the world was changing around myself. Suddenly from being a mere mortal I was catapulted into a seat which is supposed to be occupied by persons who are perhaps gifted with better qualities of head and heart then mere mortals. However, thankfully I have always managed to maintain my sanity whilst on the Bench and also continued to live out my life in the manner in which I did before I was elevated. Indeed judicial office does give a person an aura of greatness and infallibility but as I have mentioned, I have all my life endeavored to be an ordinary human being and walked humbly in the eyes of Allah which was the practice of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). He was always humble and he spoke very softly and dealt in a softer manner with others.

Justice Sarmad Usmani says that perhaps some times I may have been impatient with Counsel but this was only when questions asked from the Bench were either not being answered or being avoided. In this regard I may point out that it is the duty of Counsel as officers of the Court to satisfy the Judges’ queries because if a doubt remains in his mind he would not be in a position to write the judgment. I never meant any ill-will towards anybody and at this juncture if perhaps someone has been offended I seek his/her pardon. Everyone knows the large number of cases pending disposal in the Courts which cannot be decided without the assistance and cooperation of the Bar. A significant portion of the cases perhaps should never have been filed. So my request to the bar would be to discourage their clients from indulging in litigation which would not be fruitful as indeed this would go a long way in reducing the burden of the Courts.

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Justice Sarmad Usmani says that judicial office is an office of trust as are indeed all public offices. As Judges we have taken an oath to protect the Constitution and to be fair with all manner of men and to decide the disputes brought before the court in accordance with the law and our conscience. In fact each and every one of us is a trust unto himself or herself insofar as our dealings with other people are concerned. Indeed if all of us realized this universal truth perhaps this would be a perfect world but then, we are after all human beings and not angels. Consequently the real test of our lives is our behaviour and our dealings with others, our parents, our siblings, our spouses and children, our relatives, our neighbors, our friends and the common man in the street. Today our beloved country stands at a cross road. On the one hand we are battling the forces of ignorance and bigotry and on the other trying to pull ourselves out of poverty and debt. Now is the time to unite, to forget our infighting, to stop blaming others for our woes and to gather all our energies and direct them towards building our nation and country.

Finally, he said, that I have enjoyed each and every moment which I have spent at the Bar and the Bench. I learnt a lot from my seniors and my colleagues and in this regard I would record that I have always received their love, respect and cooperation which I have endeavored to return. I have been blessed with two loving, kind and beautiful children, Sabrina and Mustafa who have both done well in their educational careers and are now poised to enter the practical world. Of course, I must not forget their mother, Sharmin, indeed I dare not, without whose love, support and encouragement, our children would not be where they are. I also wish to mention the support of my staff, my Secretary Syed Atif Hussain, P.A. Muhammad Arshad, Law Clerk Ms. Dania Mukhtar, Quasid Muhammad Akhtar, Driver Dawood Shah and the staff members of my security guard as well as those looking after myself and my family at our residence.

In conclusion I wish each and every one of you a very happy, healthy and successful life.

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