February 16, 2023
Statement of Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hassan Raza Pasha, Chairman, Executive Committee, Pakistan Bar Council.
They have shown their serious concerns with regard to the image of the superior Judiciary and expressed that conduct and demeanor of Hon’ble Judges of superior Judiciary must be seen as neutral and impartial and there should not be any impression that they are favouring or spokesman of any political party and they should avoid with respect to remarks upon any political matter. In event of such impression will shake the confidence of public at large as well as lawyers community and will damage image of judiciary as well. They expressed that Hon’ble Judges should avoid to comment whereby any constitutional office is ridiculed and there should not be any impression that Hon’ble Judges have presumed the role of prosecutor, petitioner or the defendant.
They also demanded from Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan who is head of Supreme Judicial Council as well that there should be a thorough scrutiny and investigation with regard to audio viral on social media regarding fixation of case before a particular bench or a Hon’ble Judge of the Supreme Court and if after scrutiny it is found that audio is fake then action should be taken about responsibles who made it viral and prepared. However, if it is found genuine then action should be taken according to Article 209 of the Constitution.