Reference agents Justice Isa: Lawyers announce country-wide boycott of courts

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Amanullah Kanrani on Thursday said that Lawyers would boycott the courts across Pakistan on Friday to protest reference filed against Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

While speaking to reporters here in the federal capital Kanrani said the reference filed against Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa cannot be called an official one in legal terms at present.

“The matter, right now, is between the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) and the Attorney General,” he said. “The matter is in its initial stages.”

However, he added that till the SJC did not deem it fit enough to make a case for action, the reference was “just a mere piece of paper”.

“Tomorrow, the lawyers across Pakistan will boycott the courts,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday wrote a letter to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) and asked for the rejection of a presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa without further proceedings.

Chaudhry stressed that sending the reference to the SJC without following procedures was in violation of the constitution and law.

The letter further reads that in the reference it has not been stated anywhere that Justice Isa violated Article of the Code of Conduct. It added that due to the reference, the judge and institution of the judiciary as a whole had been scandalised.

According to the former CJP, the reference being against constitutional provisions, untrue, without substances and motivated, may not be entertained and be rejected without further proceedings.

Former CJP Chaudhry said the SJC should take action against the president and prime minister for violating their oath.

Meanwhile, An application for a new reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa, has reportedly been filed with the SJC.

The complaint, submitted by Lahore-based lawyer Waheed Shahzad Butt, states that Justice Isa violated the code of conduct for members of the judiciary by “writing letters to the president of Pakistan and sharing it with the media”.

 

The application states that “… while writing letters to the president of Pakistan and sharing it with the media, Justice Isa appears to have committed gross misconduct and is liable to be removed upon the recommendation of the SJC in terms of Article-209 of the constitution of Pakistan.”

“Choosing a public forum for voicing his personal and subjective views and opinions, Justice Isa had denounced the judiciary of this country as a whole, he had targeted the chief executive (prime minister) of the country and had used offensive language to criticise the matter,” read the application which was also sent to President Arif Alvi and the Supreme Court registrar.

“By levelling all such allegations publically without substantiating the same, Justice Isa has violated various Articles of the Code of Conduct issued by the Honourable Supreme Judicial Council under the mandate of Article-209(8) of the constitution.”

In a letter written to President Alvi last month, Justice Isa requested confirmation of whether the reference filed against him was under Article 209 of the Constitution of Pakistan.