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Pakistan Bar Council Urges SJC To Make Decisions Public Regarding References Against Judges

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has urged the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) to make public the decisions on all references against superior court judges.

The lawyers’ representative bodies are already divided on issues pertaining to references against judges. In a letter to SJC Secretary Arbab Arif, the PBC Vice Chairman Amjad Shah expressed his reservations on behalf of the legal community regarding the secrecy of references in SJC.

PBC’s latest contention comes in with SJC’s decision regarding former Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court, Anwar Kasi, reports Express Tribune. The latter dismissed all charges against Kasi along with a show-cause notice that was issued previously.

PBC in its bid for across the board accountability has urged SJC to act upon matters pertaining to the functioning of the council in light of the supreme court’s decision.

SJC is already in the limelight with 28 pending complaints, of which two belong to Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Karim Agha. The presidential references in question were issued earlier and have been a point of contention for the legal fraternity.

Out of 426 complaints in SJC, the council has been able to dispose of 398.

PBC, which adamantly demands more information regarding such references, wants the SJC to make permanent disclosures regarding all complaints and subsequent references.

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