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Lawyers to take protest to SC to force IHC CJ to resign

ISLAMABAD: In order to pressure Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi to resign, the representatives of local lawyers on Saturday decided to take their protest to the Supreme Court on November 30.

The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Islamabad Bar Council (IBC), Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) and the District Bar Association Islamabad (DBAI) unanimously adopted a resolution seeking the resignation of Justice Kasi for making appointments in the IHC which have been declared illegal by the Supreme Court.

The apex court’s three-member bench, headed by Justice Amir Hani Muslim, on September 26 declared scores of appointments made in the IHC as illegal. The bench observed that the appointments had been made in violation of rules and in a “cherry-picking” manner.

After the judgment, the lawyers’ bodies staged a series of protests asking the judges involved in making the illegal appointments to quit.

IHCBA Secretary General Mohammad Waqas Malik even filed a reference with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) against Justice Kasi and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman of the Supreme Court.
Lawyers’ bodies pass resolution seeking resignation of Justice Kasi

Citing personal reasons, Justice Rehman resigned last month. However, Justice Kasi is contesting the reference.

Addressing the general body meeting of the DBAI, chairman legal education committee of the PBC, Shuaib Shaheen, said he had informed the apex court that hundreds of thousands residents of the federal capital were at the mercy of incompetent judges.

He said Justice Kasi was facing the charges of nepotism whereas the SJC was yet to decide the pending references against him.

He said during the last eight months the PBC passed seven resolutions asking the SJC to expedite proceedings on the references pending against the judges.

Mr Shaheen suggested holding the next protest against Justice Kasi on the premises of the Supreme Court on November 30 when the apex court would be hearing the Panamagate petitions filed against the prime minister.

Talking to Dawn, Mr Shaheen said so far the lawyers’ protest had remained limited to the local level but it would be highlighted at the national level when the lawyers would raise their voice on the premises of the apex court.

Addressing the lawyers, Fiaz Jandran, the chairman of the IBC executive committee, said in the past judges resigned once the apex court made an adverse observation against them. He urged Justice Kasi to follow the tradition and resign.

Former president DBAI Javed Akbar Shah said Justice Kasi had claimed that he had made only two appointments which the Supreme Court declared illegal.

He said making even a single illegal appointment was also a violation of the law. He said Justice Kasi took the plea that his brother Idrees Kasi was appointed in Grade-19 in April 2012 when Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman was the chief justice of the IHC.

“Justice Kasi became the IHC chief justice later the same year and he could have removed Idrees Kasi from the post. Therefore, he is equally responsible,” he claimed.

Syed Mohammad Tayyab, the DBAI president, said he supported the lawyers’ demand, adding the bar association would pursue the case.

Senior lawyers Shafqat Abbasi, Mujtiba Haider Shirazi, Mohammad Waqas Malik and DBAI secretary general Zafar Khokhar also spoke. They said there were no differences among the lawyers over the impeachment of judges facing charges of misconduct.

Courtesy : Dawn News



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