April 22, 2019

April   22,   2019

                            PRESS RELEASE

An emergent meeting of Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council was
held today in Council’s Office, Islamabad with Hafiz Muhammad Idris Shaikh
in the Chair. The attendance was as under:-

(1)        Mr. Hafiz Muhammad Idris Shaikh, . . . . . .         Chairman
(2)        Mr. Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon,         . . . . . .        Member
(3)        Mr. Azam Nazeer Tarar,                 . . . . . .        Member
(4)        Mr. Muhammad Yousaf Laghari,         . . . . . .        Member
(5)        Syed Qalb-i-Hassan,                 . . . . . .        Special Invitee
(6)        Syed Amjad Shah,                 . . . . . .        Special Invitee
        (Vice-Chairman)

      The Committee besides transacting other business of its agenda also
took up the motion tabled by Mr. Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, learned
Member, proposing disapproval of the Resolution passed by Executive
Committee of the Punjab Bar Council on 20-04-2019 which concerns Mr.
Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui, Former Judge of Islamabad High Court and Mr.
Qazi Faiz Isa, Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan.

      The Committee after deliberations and due consideration, agreed with
the motion and disapproved the Resolution passed by Executive
Committee of the Punjab Bar Council on 20-04-2019 terming it as
uncalled for and unnecessary rather violative of the independence of
the Judiciary. The Committee observed that the case/issue of Mr.
Justice Shoukat Aziz, which had been decided by the Supreme Judicial
Council, is the past and closed transaction whereas the comments
passed qua decision handed down by Mr. Justice Qazi Faiz Isa that
being the decision of the Supreme Court, is absolutely uncalled for.
The Committee also expressed that Mr. Justice Qazi Faiz Isa is
upright and competent Judge of the apex Court who always discharged
judicial functions without any fear and favour. The Committee also
reiterated that the legal fraternity in Pakistan would never support
any move against supremacy of the Constitution and independence of
the Judiciary.

      The above decision of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar
Council, later on, was also appreciated and supported by
participants of the meeting of representatives of the Bar
Councils/Bar Associations comprising of Vice-Chairmen and Chairmen,
Executive Committees of Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils and
Presidents of High Court and District Bar Associations from
different parts of the Country held under the Chairmanship of Syed
Amjad Shah, Vice-Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, as well as some
other Members of the Pakistan Bar Council namely, Mr. Akhtar
Hussian, Mr. Abid Saqi and Mr. Rasheed A. Razvi.

                                         (Muhammad Arshed)
                                             Secretary