[Dawn 21 April, 2019]

LAHORE: The executive committee of Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) carried on Saturday a resolution demanding the removal of Justice Qazi Faez Isa for, what it believed, ridiculing armed forces, instead of appreciating them, in a recent judgment about the Faizabad dharna.

“Justice Qazi Faez Isa has recently rendered a judgment in the Faizabad dharna case in February 2019, in which the towering principles of law stand completely mutilated,” reads the resolution adopted by the six-member executive committee of the provincial bar council.

The committee’s chairman and majority of its members belonged to the Independent group, famously known as late Asma Jahangir group, at present led by Pakistan Bar Council member Ahsan Bhoon.

Asghar Bhatti and Munir Bhatti previously belonged to Hamid Khan-led Professional group, however, they switched their loyalties in last election of PbBC vice chairman and chairman executive committee. The 75-member general house of the council elects the two posts every year on Jan 31 while the tenure of the house is five year.

Commenting on the resolution, PbBC member Rana Intizar Hussain of the Professional group told Dawn the executive committee did not represent the whole house of the council neither it had the mandate to pass such resolutions. He said the mandate of the executive committee was administrative and adjudicating in nature. He said the Saturday’s meeting of the executive committee was convened to discuss administrative affairs of the council and the resolution was not an agenda item. The resolution also stated that Justice Shaukat Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court had rightly been removed by the Supreme Judicial Council as he had also transgressed the limits prescribed under the law, the Constitution and the code of conduct meant for the superior judiciary.