November 27, 2023
Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council, has issued the following statement:-
“It is often observed that Orders of Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council which are assailed by the aggrieved person(s) before the Hon’ble High Court of Sindh through civil suit are being taken up by the High Court of Sindh in the Court or in Chamber and injunctive Order has been passed which are not entertainable in the eye of law due to lack of jurisdiction.
The High Court of Sindh has no jurisdiction to set aside any Order assailed which is passed by the Pakistan Bar Council or its Executive Committee at Islamabad the proper forum for that is Courts of ICT, so any order passed by the High Court of Sindh that would be non-existing and nullity in the eye of law as one rather sitting in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab or Balochistan cannot set over the territorial jurisdiction and the High Court of Sindh should not pass injunctive Orders on the matters decided by the Pakistan Bar Council at Islamabad just to please their blue eyed person(s), which amount to undue interference in smooth functioning of a statutory body having its office in Islamabad. The tendency of such like issues creates serious doubts upon credibility of those decisions which have been passed without jurisdiction.
He demanded from the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan to look into the matter and take appropriate action in this regard. No High Court of any Province have jurisdiction especially High Court of Sindh to create hindrance in affairs of the regulatory body of Lawyers who has the mandate under Section 13(2) of the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973, to decide matters of Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils and all Bar Associations of the Country which are challenged before it.”