Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: CJP’s statement doesn’t go down well with bar

July 25, 2019

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The gulf between the superior judiciary and the bar is widening day by day. The clash started when Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa took steps for judicial reforms in the country especially in respect of Sections 22A and 22B of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and establishment of model courts.

Lawyers boycotted the court proceedings over these initiatives. Later, the matter was amicably resolved between bench and bar. However, tension again rose over presidential references filed against two judges – Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court and Justice K K Agha of the Sindh High Court.

Harsh statements were issued against top judges by the Supreme Court Bar Association President Amanullah Kanrani.  The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) formed vigilant committees to identify inefficient judges so that complaints of misconduct against them could be filed in the Supreme Judicial Council.

Tensions have further intensified over the CJP Khosa’s recent statement that that lawyer should launch a movement for restoration of the dignity of the legal profession ‘Tehreek-e-Bahali Izat-e-Wukla’ and the PBC Vice Chairman Syed Amjad Shah has expressed serious reservation over the CJP’s statement.

He said lawyers throughout the country will observe nationwide strike on Saturday, July 27, to condemn filing of mala fide references by the government against the two judges.

Shah said the second All Pakistan Lawyers Convention – which is part of a series of conventions started in Peshawar on July 13 against the government’s move against independent judges – will be held on July 27 in premises of the Islamabad Bar Association at the federal capital’s F-8 Markaz.

“[This convention] will be attended by lawyers from whole of Pakistan. The lawyers besides condemning the mala fide references against two judges will also consider other important matters pertaining to system of dispensation of Justice,” said the statement.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2021425/1-cjps-statement-doesnt-go-well-bar/

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/503710-reference-against-judges-lawyers-to-observe-nationwide-strike-tomorrow-says-pbc

https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/arrests-amid-opposition-s-black-day-protests-in-pakistan/30075032.html

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-january-24-2020-pakistan/

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