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Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has urged Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to give due coverage to the events of duly elected member of the bar councils/associations regarding their protests against unconstitutional pursuits of the government targeting the independent judiciary.

PBC Vice-Chairman Syed Amjad Shah wrote a letter to PEMRA, wherein he warned if their demand is not fulfilled then the Council will take legal course of action against the PEMRA for its 'blatant discriminate conduct' that is violative of the constitutional provisions regarding freedom of speech and expression.

He maintained that the legal fraternity, as a whole, has strongly condemned the filing of mala fide 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.

He said the lawyers' viewpoint expressed through their genuine leadership, is being deliberately suppressed in the electronic and the print media as due coverage is not being given to the events and functions held by the Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Bar Association, provincial/ Islamabad bar councils, High Court Bar Associations and the District Bar Association, at different tiers, whereas, contrary to that the coverage of small events organised by individuals having no representatives capacity, at the behest of the government are being given in-proportionate coverage in the electronic media.

The PEMRA, thus, is deliberately violating the basic right of freedom of speech and expression of lawyers, which they are exercising for just and genuine cause of independence of judiciary.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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