July 13, 2019
The legal fraternity on Friday demanded of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to make public the outcome of the proceedings of presidential references filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court and Justice Karim Khan (KK) Agha of the Sindh High Court.
A five-member bench of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh and Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth resumed the hearing in the references. It was learnt that the SJC in-camera meeting lasted for about two hours wherein Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan submitted his replication in response to the replies earlier submitted by Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice KK Agha.
After hearing the arguments, the Council adjourned the proceedings, however, the outcome of the proceedings is yet to be known.
Meanwhile as per schedule, the lawyers staged a sit-in at the entrance of the Supreme Court to express solidarity with the two judges of the superior courts.
He said they have already declared that the instant references against Justice Isa and KK Agha were filed on mala fide intention hence they should be withdrawn at the earliest. “Don’t force us as we have decided and will observe nationwide strike today (Saturday) for the protection of judiciary”, Kurd said adding they are fighting for the judges of the superior courts.
“Today it is Justice Qazi Isa and tomorrow will be the turn of another judge therefore we have decided to protect the independence of judiciary”, Kurd concluded.
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