A conspiracy being hatched against CJP Justice Saqib Nisar

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A conspiracy being hatched against CJP Justice Saqib Nisar

*ISLAMABAD: *A conspiracy is being cooked up against the Chief Justice of Pakistan backed by PML Lawyers group.

Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) executive committee is unable to take decision on the resolutions adopted by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan Bar Councils against Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.

The matter has been referred to general house of the Supreme Court body of lawyers to take a decision on these resolutions, which is scheduled to be held on April 21. Three provincial bar councils passed resolutions in which concerns were aired over fixation of a petition against the appointment of SC judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa, no arrangement being made for a full court reference in honour of Justice (retired) Dost Muhammad Khan and the CJP’s recommendation for the elevation of Sindh High Court Judge Justice Muneeb Akhtar, who is fourth on the seniority list.

A meeting of the PBC executive committee under the chairmanship of Ghulam Shabbir Shar was held on Friday to consider the resolution adopted by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan Bar Councils.

The meeting was also attended by Ghulam Shabbir Shar , Azam Nazeer Tarar, Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon, Hafeez-ur-Rehman Chaudhry, Muhammad Raheel Kamran Sheikh and Kamran Murtaza. All members belong to Independent Lawyers Group, which is also known as Asma Jahangir group.

Former PBC vice chairman Ahsan Bhoon has strongly objected to the three resolutions. He said these bars have no authority to pass resolution on the conduct of the SC especially chief justice, when the petition against Justice Isa has already been rejected.

According to sources, Bhoon also gave a proposal to condemn these bars’ resolution. However, some members of the committee expressed the desire to endorse the resolutions and they were of the view that the PBC should pass a resolution over the on-going ‘judicial activism’ as well as adjudication of political matters.

Most active members of the Asma group are associated either with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) or Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N).

A senior lawyer believes that Asma group’s members who are associated with the PPP are supporting the chief justice’s stance. However, those who are close to PML-N are opposing what they see as judicial activism of the apex court.

He added that of the 23 members, the majority will endorse concerns of these three provincial bars because 11 PBC members belong to Hamid Khan Group, which is already supporting bars of the three small provinces.

On the contrary, the Lahore High Court Bar Association is supporting the chief justice’s policy on different issues. A rally of lawyers was also arranged in favour of the chief justice at Lahore on Friday. Sindh bar will organize lawyers’ representatives meeting today (Saturday) to discuss these issues.