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Lawyers announce to observe countrywide strike on June 14

Lawyers announce to observe countrywide strike on June 14
June 8, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Saturday announced to countrywide protest on June 14 in response to a reference filed against senior judges of the top court. Addressing a press conference, PBC vice chairman Amjad Shah said no notice was served to judges under section 176, adding that this is a weak reference. He said Dr Firdous Awan should speak wisely while talking to media. The PBC members also demanded resignations of the law minister and the attorney general of Pakistan, stating that the May 28 reference against the top court judge was based on ‘mala fide’ intent. The PBC vice chairman urged the government to immediately withdraw the reference. “Purpose of the protest is to guard the essence of the Constitution and preserve the supremacy of law,” he explained. He said the protest would be against government and reference filed against honorable judges. He said the reference does not come under the ambit of misconduct and Supreme Judicial Council. He demanded government must retract this reference. He said the lawyers would record their protest on June 14 peacefully. He said the rulers must not adopt the thinking of kings, adding that the protest is against the filing of wrong reference. The PBC vice chairman clarified that the protest is not borne by pressure from any political party and is exclusively the decision of the lawyers.
No reference being filed against any judge: Law Ministry
The Law Ministry spokesperson said on Sunday that no new reference is being filed against any judge. In a statement, the spokesperson said that reports published in some newspapers in this regard are baseless and false.
Law Minister Dr Muhammad Farogh Naseem rejected reports that the Law Ministry had modified the misconduct reference against senior justice on President Arif Alvi’s directions.