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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyers Observe Strike Against Attack On Senior Advocate

July 22, 2019

Lawyers of District Bar Association Hyderabad Monday observed full day strike against alleged attack on senior advocate and president Sindh High Court Association Nisar Ahmad Durani

Lawyers observe strike against attack on senior advocate

Lawyers of District Bar Association Hyderabad Monday observed full day strike against alleged attack on senior advocate and president Sindh High Court Association Nisar Ahmad Durani.

Due to strike proceeding in all courts of the city remain suspended and new dates have been given to the litigants.

In a statement, the President District Bar Association Imdad Ali Unar advocate and General Secretary Irfan Ali Bughio advocate said that members of District Bar have condemned the incident and demanded of the SSP Hyderabad to register case against the accused.






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Pakistan/UK/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Why won’t the government condemn the existence of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws?

July 18, 2019

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Ministers keep condemning the “misuse” of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws in response to parliamentary questions. But the ‘misuse’ of indefensible laws isn’t the issue – the existence of them is, says Chris Sloggett.

On Monday foreign office minister Tariq Ahmad addressed a question about the case of Shaghufta Kausar in a written answer to a question from a fellow peer.

Keen human rights defenders may recognise this case. The National Secular Society’s Secularist of the Year for 2019, Saif ul Malook, is defending Shaghufta as she faces a possible death sentence in Pakistan over an allegation that she sent a text message insulting Muhammad. This is very risky work: lawyers who defend those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan face routine threats and some, such as Rashid Rehman, have been killed.








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Pakistan/New Zealand: Pakistan the focus of 2020 Day of Endangered Lawyer

July 17, 2019

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The tenth annual Day of the Endangered Lawyer will focus on Pakistan, on 24 January 2020.

The Day of the Endangered Lawyer foundation is based in the Netherlands. It has developed a wide range of activities around the world on 24 January to raise awareness of lawyers who are being harassed, silenced, pressured, threatened, persecuted, tortured and murdered for their work as lawyers.

The day is commemorated on 24 January because on 24 January 1977 four lawyers and a coworker were murdered at their place of work in Madrid, Spain.

Of the perpetrators, who were affiliated with extreme right-wing parties and organizations, one was sentenced to 15 years in prison, another fled to Brazil and the third ended up in jail in Bolivia for drug smuggling.

The focus in 2019 has been on Turkey, with Egypt chosen for 2018.

Information released by the organisers says that over the past several years lawyers in Pakistan have been subjected to acts of mass terrorism, murder, attempted murder, assaults, (death) threats, contempt proceedings, harassment and intimidation in the execution of their professional duties.







https://www.lesechos.fr/monde/enjeux-internationaux/premiere-reunion-des-avocats-du-g7-1038488 (FRANCAIS)


Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyers urge SJC to reject references against judges

July 14, 2019

Lawyers at the convention held on the Peshawar High Court premises on Saturday.

As lawyers boycotted court proceedings in different parts of the country, an All Pakistan Lawyers’ Convention on Saturday called upon the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to reject the references against two judges of superior courts saying the cases were aimed at curtailing the independence of the judiciary.

The convention, held on the premises of the Peshawar High Court (w), unanimously passed several resolutions urging the federal government to withdraw the references against Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court and Justice K.K. Agha of the Sindh High Court and calling upon the SJC to reject the references if the government was not willing to withdraw them.

The convention warned that the lawyers would launch countrywide agitation if the SJC acted against the two judges.

Meanwhile, lawyers observed strike throughout KP, Karachi, Lahore and Quetta on the call of the PBC in protest against the government move of filing of references against Justice Isa and Justice Agha.

In Karachi, legal proceedings were disturbed as lawyers did not turn up to plead their cases fixed for the day in the City Courts and Malir District Courts.

In Lahore also, lawyers observed strike as a majority of them did not plead their cases before the courts and spent the whole day sitting in bar rooms.

In Quetta, lawyers boycotted court proceedings and observed back day by hoisting a black flag on the building of the district courts.














Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: References against judges: Lawyers ask SJC to make its proceedings public

July 13, 2019

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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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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyers to protest govt references on July 13

July 11, 2019

Justice Qazi Faez Isa. PHOTO: FILE

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has announced a countrywide strike on July 13 to protest against presidential references against the Supreme Court judge Qazi Faez Isa and the Sindh High Court judge K K Agha.

In its Wednesday press release, the PBC said the legal fraternity will stage a strike on July 13 against the references, which, they said, aim at undermining independence of judiciary.

In addition to observing strike, the lawyers will also attend a convention at the Peshawar High Court Bar to discuss the issues surrounding appointment of judges and amendments to the Supreme Court rules.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s differences with judges

The convention will also hold discussions pertaining transparency of the Supreme Judicial Council’s (SJC) proceedings with regard to the references.  Other issues to be discussed include release of funds for bar council and bar associations as well as matters pertaining to incompetent and unauthorised judges.








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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: PBC gives call for countrywide strike on July 13

July 10, 2019

Pakistan Bar Council gives call for country wide strike on July 13

The Pakistan Bar Council has given a call for a countrywide strike on July 13 on the presidential reference against the judges, saying the presidential reference is an attempt to “subdue judges”.

The lawyers besides observing strike will attend the lawyers’ convention to be organized by the Peshawar High Court Bar.

The methodology of the judges’ appointment and amendment in Supreme Court rules will also come under discussion in the convention.

The PBC has said discussion at length will take place for making public pending hearing reference against the judges and the matter related to the proceedings regarding reference which has been disposed of so far.

The matter related to release of permanent funds for bar council and bar associations and disqualification and non-rejected judges issue will also come under discussion.



Pakistan Bar Council gives call for country-wide strike on July 13