Vice-Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Syed Amjad Shah has announced that lawyers will observe nationwide strike on Saturday (July 13) to protest the filing of references by the government against Justice Qazi Faez Isa, a judge of Supreme Court, and Justice KK Agha, a judge of Sindh High Court, in the Supreme Judicial Council, which, according to him, is an attempt to subdue the independent judiciary.
In a press statement issued here on Wednesday, he stated that the lawyers will hold protest throughout the country on 13-07-19 and will also attend the lawyers convention scheduled to be held in High Court Bar Association Peshawar at 03:00pm to condemn filing of references by the government against the judges of high judiciary.
The convention will discuss the amendment in Article 175-A so as to ensure evolving of transparent mechanism of appointment of judges to superior courts by taking all the stakeholders on board and ensuring meaningful consultation with them in the process of such appointment.
It will also consider evolving of parameters, by way of amendments in the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, as to exercise of powers by the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of Constitution, and to provide the right of appeal to an affected party before a larger bench of the apex court.
He reiterated the demand of the bar for making public the details of references/complaints so far filed against judges of superior courts under Article 209 and the references/complaints which stand decided/disposed of by the Supreme Judicial Council with detail of decisions taken thereon, as well as those which still are pending before the council.
The convention will also debate regular allocation of discretionary funds by respective governments to bar councils and bar associations at different tiers under Section 57 of Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973.