Bar Association to boycott courts today

Staff Reporter

The Karachi Bar Associa-tion (KBA) has an-nounced to boycott the legal proceedings in the city courts on Tuesday to record protest against the removal of Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on the recommendation of Supreme Judicial Council (SJC).
KBA president Syed Haider Imam Rizvi said the decision to boycott the legal proceedings was unanimously taken at a meeting of bar associa-tion’s managing commit-tee held on Monday.
Rizvi said the removal of the IHC judge was “a se-rious issue which raises questions on the inde-pendence of judiciary”. A general body meeting of the KBA would also be held to decide the future course of action in this regard, he said.
President Arif Alvi had, on the recommendation of the SJC, removed Justice Siddiqui as a judge of the IHC, according to a noti-fication issued by the law ministry on October 11.
A letter written by the council had reportedly stated that it found Justice Siddiqui guilty of mis-conduct over a speech he delivered in July earlier this year before the Rawalpindi District Bar Association.

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