March 19 , 2019

 March    19   ,  2019

                       PRESS  RELEASE

Withdrawal of decision of National Judicial Policy Making Committee
(NJPMC) regarding Sections 22A and 22B of the Criminal Procedure Code
(Cr.PC) and acceptance of other demands of the legal fraternity.

A joint meeting of Vice-Chairmen and other representatives of Pakistan and
Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils was held today at 11:00 a.m. in office
of the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Building, Islamabad with Syed
Amjad Shah, Vice-Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council in the Chair.

2.        The attendance was as under:-

(1)          Syed Amjad Shah,
        Vice-Chairman,
        Pakistan Bar Council.

(2)        Mr. Shah Nawaz Ismail Gujjar,
        Vice-Chairman,
        Punjab Bar Council

(3)        Mr. Saeed Khan,
        Vice-Chairman,
        Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council

(4)        Mr. Haq Nawaz Shangla,
        Chairman, Executive Committee,
        Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council

(5)        Haji Attaullah Langove,
        Vice-Chairman,
        Balochistan Bar Council

(6)        Mr. Rahib Khan Buledi,
        Chairman,
        Executive Committee,
        Balochistan Bar Council

(7)        Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid,
        Vice-Chairman,
        Islamabad Bar Council

(8)        Mr. Manzoor Hamed Arain,
        Member,
        Sindh Bar Council.

(9)        Mr. Amanullah Yousafzai,
        Member,
        Sindh Bar Council.

(10)        Mr. Munir Hussain Bhatti,
        Member,
        Punjab Bar Council.

(11)        Mr. Noor Alam Khan,
        Member,
        Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

(12)        Mr. Azmat Ullah Chaudhry,
        Secretary,
        Supreme Court Bar Association.

3.        The joint meeting considered the prevailing situation arising out of
the unrest among the legal fraternity on account of recent decision of the
National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) in respect of Sections
22A and 22B of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC) according to which
instead of direct entertainment of applications of aggrieved persons by
concerned police officials, they will have to approach and appear before
the Superintendent of Police (SP) which amounts to further expansion of
powers of Police which would not only leave the aggrieved persons at the
mercy of Police but will also open another avenue of male-practice at the
hands of Police.

(i)        The Joint meeting recalled that immediate after the said decision of
the National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC), the legal
fraternity gave its sharp reaction and unanimously called upon the
National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) for forthwith withdrawal
of said decision as per numerous press statements of the Bar Leaders and
Resolutions of the Bar bodies. The Vice-Chairman of the Pakistan Bar
Council, the apex regulatory body of the legal profession, as per his
Press Statement issued on 15-03-2019, while severely criticizing the
decision of the National Judicial Policy Making Committee (NJMPC) called
upon for immediate reversal of the said decision and restoration of the
previous practice as to entertainment of applications under Section 22A
and 22B of the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.), within a period of three
days but it is a matter of regret that despite lapse of many days, the
concerned quarters have not paid any heed to the unanimous demand of the
Bar.

(ii)        The Joint meeting also recalled that the demands of the Bar in
respect of prescription of parameters regarding exercise of powers by the
Hon’ble Supreme Court under Article 184(3)  of the Constitution, effective
enforcement of Article 209 of the Constitution for expeditious disposal of
References against Judges of the Superior Courts filed with the Supreme
Judicial Council; and filling of vacancies of Judges in the Superior as
well sub-Ordinate Courts, have not been giving due consideration despite
repeated demands of the Bar bodies.

(iii)        The Joint meeting, therefore, after lengthy deliberations and
endorsing the Resolutions/Press Statements of the Pakistan Bar Council,
Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils and numerous Bar bodies, resolved to:-

(a)        Call upon all the Bar Associations throughout the Country to observe
nation-wide Strike for two days i.e. on 20-03-2019 & 21-03-2019 for
pressing the demand for reversal of the decision of the National Judicial
Policy Making Committee (NJPMC) in respect of Sections 22A and 22B of the
Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.) and restoration of the previous practice
as to entertainment of applications under said Sections;

(b)        Hold Lawyers Conventions at Provincial Capitals and at Federal Capital
on the dates to be announced later, in case the demand of the legal
fraternity for reversal of decision of the National Judicial Policy Making
Committee (NJPMC) in respect of Sections 22A and 22B of the Criminal
Procedure Code (Cr.P.C.), is not meet with;

(c)        Demand the Supreme Court of Pakistan for prescription, at the earliest
possible, the parameters for exercising its powers under Article 184(3) of
the Constitution by way of amendments in the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, as
earlier proposed by the Pakistan Bar Council;

(d)        Make effective enforcement of Article 209 of the Constitution for
meaningful accountability of Judges of superior Judiciary and expeditious
disposal of References against Judges of the Superior Courts filed with
the Supreme Judicial Council, at the earliest and further that the
concerned Judge should be restrained from working as Judge till the
Complaint/Reference against him, is decided.

(e)        To fill in the vacancies of Judges lying in the Superior Courts as
well as lower Courts, which definitely would help disposal of backlog of
cases in different Courts.

4.        The participants of the Joint meeting strongly condemned the act of a
Judge of the NAB Court, Karachi as to filing of a Compliant/Reference
against Mr. Naeem Qureshi, President, Karachi Bar Association to the High
Court of Sindh only for the reason that Mr. Qureshi was persuading Members
of the Bar for observing Strike on the call of the Karachi Bar
Association. They also deplored the action of the High Court of Sindh for
issuing directions, on the basis of said Complaint/Reference, for filing
of FIR against Mr. Naeem Qureshi. They were of the view that abstracting
office bearers and elected representatives of the Bar from discharging
their responsibilities at the hand of the Judiciary, is highly deplorable
and so requested the Hon’ble Chief Justice of High Court of Sindh for
recalling his directions of filing FIR against President of the Karachi
Bar Association.

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