Judges reference smacks of govt’s mala fide intention: PBC

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) in its general body meeting on Wednesday denounced the government for filing references against senior judges.

The vice president of the PBC said that the manner and haste in which the reference had been filed against the judges showed the government’s mala fide intention.

The body expressed the hope that the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) would not become a party in such designs.

The statement from the bar council comes two days before the reference against Justice Isa and another senior judge is heard by the SJC.

The PBC demanded with a unanimous vote that federal minister Farogh Naseem and Attorney General Anwar Mansoor tender their resignations.

The PBC demanded that Naseem’s membership to the bar be cancelled. The PBC issued a show-cause notice to the federal minister for still being a member of the council despite being a federal minister.

They said that a law minister could not practice or be a member of the PBC according to Section 108 C of the Pakistan Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Rules, 1976.

The PBC said that the minister would be granted 15 days to answer the show-cause notice. The PBC vice chairman said that a decision to launch a lawyers’ movement like the historic 2007 movement would be taken after the June 14 proceedings.

“We urged President Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan to openly come out and admit their role in filing references against Justice Isa and Justice Agha,” said the vice chairman.