August 15, 2023
Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hassan Raza Pasha, Chairman, Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council have strongly condemned the complaint/reference filed by the so-called Civil Society of Pakistan against Mr. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Hon’ble Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan before the Supreme Judicial Council seeking an inquiry into alleged financial misconduct and sought disciplinary action against him. They expressed that Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sardar Masood, is very competent, upright and independent Judge and his integrity is above any doubt and have great respect amongst the legal fraternity and public. It seems that the instant complaint/Reference has been filed with malafide intention in consequence of the matter as the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan already referred the earlier Reference filed against Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi to his Lordship for preliminary inquiry, which is pending before him and it is the tactic being used to put pressure on him and to suppress His Lordship. They said that the Pakistan Bar Council ever supported and struggled for the supremacy of the Constitution, Rule of Law and independence of Judiciary, as enshrined in the Constitution.
The Pakistan Bar Council and the legal fraternity always strived to achieve the aforementioned objectives and will continue to do so and it will never permit to anyone to succeed in their nefarious designs and motives to target the Hon’ble independent Judge through filing of such like Reference and they urged that Reference should be immediately withdrawn, otherwise, the legal fraternity will strongly oppose it at every level.