LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) on Saturday condemned an ‘objectionable’ statement of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the top regulatory body of lawyers in the country, regarding Sindh High Court Chief Justice Ahmad Ali Sheikh.

“The statement issued by the vice-chairman of the PBC is inappropriate and beyond facts,” said a joint statement issued by LHCBA president Maqsood Buttar, vice president Mudassai Abbas Maghiana and finance secretary Faisal Tauqir Sial.

The LHCBA leaders said that the statement of the PBC could be a personal opinion of the vice-chairman or a particular group but did not represent the whole legal fraternity.

They contended that the LHCBA had great reservation over the statement of the PBC vice-chairman. They said the legal fraternity believed in the principle of seniority for the elevation of judges to the Supreme Court.

In a statement published in the media, PBC vice-chairman Hafeezur Rehman Chaudhry opposed any move to elevate the SHC chief justice to the Supreme Court until a case about alleged irregular appointment of paralegal staff in the high court was decided.

He said Chief Justice Sheikh should not be considered for elevation to the apex court until the pending case as well as references under Article 209 of the Constitution against him were finalised.

Mr Chaudhry said the principle of seniority for elevation of judges, supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law and independence of the judiciary should be followed, but it did not mean a judge facing charges of misconduct or poor performance, specifically the SHC chief justice, who through his registrar faced the serious allegations of appointments of paralegal staff in certain districts under his supervision, by way of Article 203 of the Constitution be elevated.

Published in Dawn, January 23rd, 2022

Opinion

Editorial

Back to bedlam
Updated 25 May, 2022

Back to bedlam

FEAR tactics have never worked in the past, and most likely will not this time either. The government’s ...
25 May, 2022

Balochistan blaze

THE forest fire on the Koh-i-Sulaiman range in Balochistan’s Shirani area is among a series of blazes to have...
25 May, 2022

Unequal citizens

INDIFFERENCE would have been bad enough, but the state’s attitude towards non-Muslims falls squarely in the...
Updated 24 May, 2022

Marching in May

MORE unrest. That is the forecast for the weeks ahead as the PTI formally proceeds with its planned march on...
24 May, 2022

Policy rate hike

THE State Bank has raised its policy rate by 150bps to 13.75pc, hoping that its latest monetary-tightening action...
24 May, 2022

Questionable campaign

OVER the past couple of days, a number of cases have been registered in different parts of the country against...