- PBC communicates genuine worry over Pakistan’s “volatile political situation”
- Says PTI govt making deterrents “to cover its bad governance and incompetence”
- Says it’s a “matter of grave concern that the Government, claiming the support of Army, is pressurizing Political Parties”
- Slams FBR’s “discriminatory and biased” report to Justice Isa and his family, says shows organization’s “ulterior motives”
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Monday cautioned the PTI system to quickly cease from making snags in ideological groups’ endeavors to activate challenges “bad governance”.
In an assertion gave after its 230th meeting, directed by PBC Vice Chairperson Abid Saqi, the legal advisors’ body expressed serious worry over Pakistan’s “volatile political situation”.
It said Pakistan’s critical circumstance was because of the PTI government’s activities pointed toward making preventions in political exercises “just to cover its bad governance and incompetence to handle public issues”. It further censured the “rapid increase in prices of essential commodities and utility charges”.
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The legal counselors’ gathering underlined that it was a “matter of grave concern that the Government, claiming the support of the Pakistan Army, is pressurizing political parties by arresting their leaders and workers before and during their public meetings, they are holding, of late, against the undemocratic pursuits of the present government”.
It asked the PTI system, just as other concerned specialists, to “desist from creating obstacles in the democratic lawful activities of political parties to mobilize the people against bad governance of the government”.
“All the state institutions are duty bound to remain within their defined constitutional limits which not only essential for the smooth running of the government functionaries but also for the welfare of the people and stability of the country,” it stressed.
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With respect to the official reference recorded against the Supreme Court judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, and the freedom of the legal executive, the gathering promised to proceed with the battle and “oppose, tooth and nail, any onslaught of the Executive or other authorities which matter, against the Judiciary and its independent functioning while dispensing justice”.
The Council hammered a “discriminatory and biased” report outfitted by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) relating to Justice Isa and his family, saying the organization’s “ulterior motives are aiming to subdue the Judiciary [deserved the] strongest condemnation”.
“The Council warned the Executive authorities to refrain from resorting to such ulterior moves against Judges of the Superior Courts and their family members, otherwise the lawyers will not hesitate to initiate a country-wide campaign and protest against the government, to express its solidarity with and full support to the Judiciary,” the assertion added.
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Moreover, the PBC communicated its fulfillment and delight at the advancements relating to the renewal of the arrangement cycle of upstanding, able, fair, and experienced people as the appointed authorities of the Superior Courts.
It praised Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, just as the Judicial Commission of Pakistan’s individuals “for initiating in the recent past the process of meaningful consultation with Members of the Bar Councils and Bar Associations, in respect of future appointments to the superior courts”.
The PBC said it expected that such discussion would “be made a regular feature” later on and that its recommendations with respect to the revisions in the Judicial Commission of Pakistan Rules, 2010, would be considered.
In expansion to Saqi, the PBC’s gathering was gone to by Azam Nazeer Tarar, Muhammad Shoaib Shaheen, Abdul Fayaz, Sher Muhammad Khan, Syed Amjad Shah, Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, Ch Tahir Nasrullah Warraich, Hafeez-ur-Rehman Chaudhry, Syed Qalb-I-Hassan, Malik Ghulam Mustafa Kandwal, Muhammad Aqil, and Hafiz Muhammad Idris Sheikh.