Petition against protesting lawyers dismissed

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday dismissed a petition against the leaders of the anti-Chief Justice IHC protest upon the petitioner’s request to withdraw it. Sher Afzal Marwat Advocate had filed a petition in the IHC against an office-bearer of the Islamabad High Court Bar Waqas Malik (Secretary General) and the aspiring candidate for the president IHC Bar slot Arif Chaudhry in the upcoming bar election. The petitioner had held that the purpose of waging a campaign against the CJ of the IHC was to ensure their votes in the upcoming bar election and to earn popularlity.
The petitioner Sher Afzal Advocate had termed the anti-CJ IHC movement a cheap attempt to malign honorable judges of the court. This, according to the petition, amounts to contempt of court. The decision on references against judges should be made purely on merit basis and there should not be any political motivation or character assassination against any judge, further says the petition.
The petitioner had also pleaded the court to ban lawyers from delivering anti-judiciary speeches and from holding rallies and march against the honorable judges of the superior courts.
The petitioner had requested the court to issue orders to Inspector General of Police Islamabad to register FIR against such ‘law-breaking’ lawyers.