Dec 052017
PBC vows to safeguard prestige of SC

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Tuesday vowed that any move to undermine the prestige and dignity of the Supreme Court will be resisted with full force to safeguard the independence of… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Nov 142016

RAWALPINDI: Lawyers in Rawalpindi affiliated with the Lahore High Court Bar Association have decided to boycott the court’s 150-year celebrations as tensions between the bar and the bench intensified on Monday. They have also demanded that licences of four lawyers who attended proceedings during their strike should be cancelled. The LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah on Monday formed a committee to regulate the professional conduct of lawyers. It prompted an angry reaction from the lawyers. Subsequently, the legal fraternity in Rawalpindi held a press conference where they announced a complete boycott of celebrations. Punjab Bar Council VP Muhammad Hussain, PBC members Ghulam Mustafa Kundwal and Intizar Mehdi, President LHCBA Mujeebur Rehman Kiani and District Bar Association President Shaukat Siddiqui lashed out at the LHC chief justice for forming a committee to hear complaints against the lawyers. They were of the opinion that the correct forum to hear complaints against lawyers was the PBC. They added that the LHC judges could not listen to such complaints Later, Kiani wrote a letter to the Punjab Car Council chairman asking him to cancel the licences of four lawyers who had defied the association’s strike. Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2016. The post On a different page: Rawalpindi lawyers boycott LHC’s 150-year celebrations appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 292016

ISLAMABAD: A lawyer challenged the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s (CJP) order for dismissing a constitutional petition which sought the disclosure of complaints received against the superior court judges. It also seeks to reveal the disposal ratio of the complaints since the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) was constituted. On April 30, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Human Rights Committee chief Raheel Kamran Sheikh filed a constitutional petition in the apex court. He was seeking to request the court to pass orders to restrain guilty individuals from performing duties as judges in cases where the SJC deemed it appropriate. He also pleaded for the swift disposal of the complaints against superior court judges pending with the council. However, the SC registrar office on May 6 returned the petition after terming it ‘frivolous’. Later, the petitioner through Munir A Malik filed an appeal against the registrar’s objections. Upholding the registrar office’s objections, the country’s top judge on September 29 ruled that the appeal made by the petitioner in his petition under Article 184(3) of the Constitution violates the spirit of articles 209 and 211 of the Constitution read with the Procedure of Enquiry. The order further said: “It is an important aspect of the proceedings before the SJC that at every stage of its proceedings, within the parameter prescribed under Rule 13 and other enabling provisions, complete confidentiality and secrecy is to be maintained about the actions taken by the council under Article 19-A which itself provides for reasonable restriction will have overriding effect [Read More…]

Sep 242016

LAHORE: The Punjab Bar Council’s (PbBC) Scrutiny Committee of Lawyers chairman resigned on Saturday after citing reservations over non-implementation of committee’s recommendations and withdrew it after insistence of the bar members. Advocate Munir Bhatti in a press conference announced his resignation and said there is a mafia in the PbBC that favoured unqualified lawyers and hindered decisions of the scrutiny committee. However, he is considering withdrawing the resignation as the general house has assured they would implement his committee’s decision. Published in The Express Tribune, September 25th, 2016. The post Bar affairs: PbBC’s Scrutiny Committee chairman resigns appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Dec 222015

ISLAMABAD / QUETTA / KARACHI / LAHORE: As counting for the election of a 23-member body of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) continued till late Monday night, Ahsan Bhoon group appeared to be in the lead over its rival Professional group.For 11 seats of Punjab, polling was held at the office of the advocate general where a 75-member house of Provincial Bar Council of Punjab cast their votes to elect members of the PBC.Advocate General Naveed Rasool Mirza acted as presiding officer.As per unofficial results on total 23 seats of the PBC, victory of Ahsan Bhoon and other members of his group – including Azam Nazir Tarar, Abid Saqi, Kamran Murtaza and Syed Kalb-e-Hasan – was clear after getting top six of priority. Position of two independent aspirants, Maqsood Buttar and Raheel Kamran Sheikh, was also strong as per the unofficial results.Ishtiaq A Khan, Shafqat Mahmood Chohan and Tahir Nasarullah Warraich of Hamid Khan led-Professional group were elected as members of the PBC.In Karachi, nine candidates were vying for the six seats of the lawyers’ top regulatory body from Sindh.According to unofficial results, five candidates – Justice (retd) Rashid A Razvi, former provincial advocate general Muhammad Yousuf Laghari, Nisar Durrani, Muhammad Aqil and Shabbir Shar – have won.The decision on two candidates, Barrister Farogh A Naseem and Akhtar Hussain, is still awaited. The attorney general will announce the final results on December 23.Out of four candidates from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, three have been elected to the PBC. They are: former deputy speakers Khushdil [Read More…]

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