July 25, 2020

A meeting of Sub-Committee of Representatives of the Pakistan and Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils in Judicial Commission of Pakistan (constituted in Joint meeting of representatives of Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils) was held today at 11:00 a.m. in office of the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Building, Islamabad with Mr. Akhtar Hussain, in the Chair. The attendance was as under:-

(1) Mr. Akhtar Hussain, . . . . . . Chairman
Member, Pakistan Bar Council.
(2) Mr. Akhtar Hussain Bhatti, . . . . . . Member
Member, Judicial Commission,
Punjab Bar Council.

(3) Mr. Abdul Razak Mehr, . . . . . . Member
Member, Judicial Commission,
Sindh Bar Council.

(4) Mr. Ahmad Frooq Khattak, . . . . . . Member
Member, Judicial Commission,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.
(5) Mr. Munir Ahmad Kakar, . . . . . . Member
Member, Judicial Commission &
Vice-Chairman, Baluchistan Bar Council.
(6) Qazi Rafi-ud-Din Babar, . . . . . . Member
Member, Judicial Commission,
Islamabad Bar Council.

2. The Committee apart from transacting other business of its Agenda, also passed the following


“The Sub-Committee appreciated the Judgment passed by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, in “Paragon Housing Society Corruption Case”, granting bail to Kh. Salman Rafique and Kh. Saad Rafique. It is the historic Judgment authored by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar, whereunder, not only the discriminatory actions on the part of NAB but the entire functioning of decadent and the corrupt State Institutions are exposed, the Bench has also settled down the principles for grant of Bail in such matters.

The Hon’ble Supreme Court has rightly held that until a culture of transparency, liberty, civility and democratic values is created, our desire for peace and good Order shall continue to elude us.

The Sub-Committee expects that on reading the Judgment, the Chairman, NAB, would voluntarily tender his resignation. The Bar leaders expressed that after passing of the Judgment at least, the Chief Executive and Chief Editor, Jang and Jeo, would have be immediately set free from illegal detention and suffering from last about four months for a private law deal of civil nature and that too of more than 30 years old. It is a matter of gross high handedness and victimization of Mr. Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Chief Executive and Chief Editor, Jhang, Jeo, who should immediately be set free.”