Pakistan Bar Council rejects PbBC resolution against Justice Faez Isa

Pakistan Bar Council rejects PbBC resolution against Justice Faez Isa

Islamabad (Staff Report/Agencies): The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has rejected the Punjab Bar Council’s (PbBC) resolution against Supreme Court judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

“The Sindh Bar Council, Sindh High Court Bar Association, Karachi Bar Association and Malir Bar Association strongly condemn the resolution passed by the Executive Committee of the Punjab Bar Council [dated 20.4.2019],” read a joint statement released on Monday.

The decision, which was taken at an emergency meeting of the PBC Executive Committee in Islamabad, came hours after various bar associations in Sindh issued a joint declaration criticising the PbBC resolution against Justice Isa.

Last week, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) filed a review petition in the top court against the February 6 verdict in 2017 Faizabad sit-in case.

PTI’s plea stated that observations were given against the political party without giving any chance to justify its stance. The PTI pleaded to expunge the observations against the party from the court’s decision.

On April 15, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) also challenged the verdict in the apex court, saying that it will adversely affect the morale of the armed forces.

The verdict, authored by Justice Isa, had directed the intelligence agencies, including the ISI, the Intelligence Bureau (IB), Military Intelligence (MI), and the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) to not exceed their constitutional mandates.

So far, seven review petitions have reportedly been filed against the February 6 ruling. Under the SC Rules 1980, an aggrieved party can move review petition within 30 days but in this case, the SC registrar extended the time till April 18 for the parties to file their reviews.