[Dawn 23 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council — the mother body that regulates the affairs of the legal fraternity — on Monday rejected a demand by the Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) for immediate removal of a Supreme Court judge, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, and described its resolution as uncalled for, unnecessary that transgresses the independence of judiciary. An emergency meeting of the PBC’s executive committee also resolved that Justice Isa was an upright and competent judge of the apex court, who always discharged judicial functions without any fear and favour.

The judgement authored by Justice Isa had also evoked a number of review petitions which have been moved by the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), the Ministry of Defence, Intelligence Bureau (IB), Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Ejaz-ul-Haq and the Muttahida Quami Movement.