January 20, 2024
Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hassan Raza Pasha, Chairman, Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council have shown their full respect to the Judiciary and the Judicial Commission of Pakistan and expressed that Bar consistently stands with the seniority principle for elevation of Judges in the Superior Courts. They further expressed that in past elevations to the Superior Courts were made on the basis of pick and choose in violation of Judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court passed in the Al-Jehad Trust case (Judges Case) and against spirit of the Constitution and Bar always raised its voice and opposed it, which was also challenged by Late Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth before the apex Court and the same is pending.
They said that the Bar consistently demanded for laying down the criteria for elevation of Judges not only for the Supreme Court but also for the High Courts and the Federal Shariat Court and said now we expect that the criteria will be finalized soon.
They urged and demanded from the Chief Justice of Pakistan that Petition of Late Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth pending before the apex Court, wherein elevations made against seniority principle has been challenged, be fixed and decided at the earliest.