[Dawn 22 April, 2019]

KARACHI: Four bodies of lawyers in Sindh have condemned a resolution passed by the Punjab Bar Council’s (PBC) executive committee on Saturday in which they had raised objection to a petition filed by the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) in the Supreme Court, challenging the decision to remove former judge of the Islamabad High Court Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui.

In a joint resolution passed on Sunday, the Sindh Bar Council, Sindh High Court Bar Association, Karachi Bar Association and Malir Bar Association also criticised the PBC’s executive committee for demanding the removal of Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court. They reiterated their resolve and expressed solidarity with the principled stance of the KBA. They said it was unfortunate that the PBC had tried to sabotage the unity of the legal fraternity across the country by going out of the way to criticise the KBA even though it did not fall within its executive authority. “This high-handedness towards bar associations of smaller provinces is intolerable. Such an act, coming at the heels of an extremely successful All Pakistan Lawyers Representative Conference hosted by the Karachi Bar Association, can only be termed mala fide and mischievous,” said the joint resolution.