March 29, 2023


Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hassan Raza Pasha, Chairman, Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council, have highly appreciated the Federal Government for passing the Bill by the National Assembly regarding exercising of power by the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) in respect of Suo Moto jurisdiction by giving right of appeal to the aggrieved party. They said Pakistan Bar Council time and again demanded that criteria should be laid down in respect of Suo Moto jurisdiction and have commended that through this amendment the right of Appeal in cases decided under Article 184(3) would be available and it would be great beneficial for the litigants and public. They also appreciated the mechanism for fixation of Petitions/cases which are urgent in nature within 14 days after their filing which would be beneficial for public at large and the litigants whose cases being not fixed by the office for indefinite period.

They further appreciated and commented the Federal Government upon passing the “Lawyer’s Protection & Welfare Bill-2023” from the National Assembly which is solely for the safety & protection of Legal Practitioners. The proposed draft was handed over to Prime Minister by the delegation of learned Members of Pakistan Bar Council and the representatives of Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils on 19th May, 2022, as it was the long standing demand of the legal fraternity and need of the hour for safety, protection & welfare of lawyers and also hoped that Senate will approve the said Bills as early as possible and would become law & implemented at the earliest.