April 21, 2018

April 21, 2018
PRESS RELEASE

The 223rd meeting of the Pakistan Bar Council was held today in Karachi
Hall of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, Lahore with Mr. Kamran
Murtaza, Vice-Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council in the Chair. The Council
apart from transacting other business of its Agenda also passed the
following Resolutions:-

1-RESOLUTION ON CONTINUATING DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
AND TIMELY HOLDING OF GENERAL ELECTION

The Pakistan Bar Council reaffirms its support for continuation of
democratic process in the Country and, therefore, urges that all necessary
steps be taken to ensure conduct and holding of fair, impartial and
transparent general elections, without any taint or influence from
non-democratic forces, and as per timeline given in the Constitution.

2-RESOLUTION ON ACCOUNTABILITY

The judiciary which holds every other organ and institution of the State
accountable, must also ensure its own accountability with respect of
financial, administrative and judicial matters in an effective, transparent
and fair manner, as the prevailing system off self accountability lacks
transparency. The Pakistan Bar Council urges that the Supreme Judicial
Council should make public, the information regarding the number of
complaints/references pending and decided against Judges of the Superior
Judiciary, including those which have become infructuous because of
retirement of the concerned Judges, with effect from 2010.

3-RESOLUTION ON APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES

The Pakistan Bar Council reiterates its earlier Resolutions demanding open,
fair and transparent procedure for appointment of judges to the superior
courts on the basis of an objective criteria to be introduced through
suitable amendments in the Rules of Judicial Commission of Pakistan. The
process should
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also include meaningful consultation/input with the Bar and the
Parliamentary Committee.

This Council is also of the view that Parliamentary Parties have failed to
legislate and amend the Constitution for completely eliminating the
amendments introduced by the military dictators as per aspirations of the
people.

4-RESOLUTION ON SUO MOTO CASES
The Pakistan Bar Council is of the considered view that the Supreme Court
should sparingly exercise its powers under Article 184(3) of the
Constitution confining only to the cases pertaining to enforcement of
fundamental rights to maintain the principle of trichotomy of powers. The
Council reiterate that all State Institutions and organs should remain
within their Constitutional domain in discharging their functions.

The Pakistan Bar Council also urges that the Supreme Court should suitably
amend the Supreme Court Rules, 1980 to regulate structure parameters of
exercise of such powers and a Special Bench of the Court should be
constituted for hearing of Suo Moto Cases.

(Muhammad Arshed)
Secretary
Cell: 0333-5117170