April 6, 2023
Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hassan Raza Pasha, Chairman, Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council have strongly condemned the illegal/unlawful arrest of Rana Muhammad Asif, Advocate, Lahore and Member, Punjab Bar Council, which is very shocking and unjustified, in lieu of conviction and contempt proceedings against him by the Lahore High Court, Lahore. They expressed that the Pakistan Bar Council as per its decision made efforts at all level in order to resolve the issue amicably and preserve the dignity and prestige of Judicial system of Pakistan and the fact that the Bar and Bench are integral part of the Judicial system and a Committee was also constituted comprising on Vice-Chairman and Chairman, Executive Committee, Pakistan Bar Council and Vice-Chairmen of Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils, Presidents, Supreme Court Bar Association and Lahore High Court Bar Association and Chairman, Executive Committee of Punjab Bar Council to resolve this matter but our efforts were not acknowledged and matter was not resolved.
They have condemned the Police brutality and excess, wherein the valuable office Furniture and other items of Rana Muhammad Asif, have been damaged by the Police. They said legal fraternity has taken it very serious and they demanded that Rana Muhammad Asif, Advocate should be released immediately. They are going to call meeting of representatives of Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils to chalk out future course of action in this regard.