Lawyers of Islamabad refuse to relent, plan stage-in against IHC CJ

Illegal appointments in IHC

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The representatives of the legal fraternity of Islamabad are weighing a number of options including a ‘sit-in’ in front of the courtroom no. 1 (of the Chief Justice) of Islamabad High Court (IHC) to demand resignation of all those behind more than 70 illegal appointments in the establishment of the IHC.
After the Supreme Court’s September 26 landmark judgment nullifying scores of inductions in the IHC declaring them as illegal, the lawyers’ fraternity is now demanding resignations of all those responsible of such appointments. The SC had also ordered the court’s administration to de-notify these appointments including the appointment of Idrees Khan Kasi, younger brother of incumbent Chief Justice IHC Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi in BPS-19.
A lawyer of the IHC Bar said in case the CJ IHC doesn’t tender his resignation for making those appointments which the Supreme Court has declared illegal, the sit-in would continue.
The lawyers’ fraternity has made it clear that the apex court verdict had declared that the appointments have been made by “abusing of authority”. The lawyers bodies of Islamabad then started a series of meetings and passed resolutions asking the Chief Justice to tender his resignation voluntarily or warned for “direct action” otherwise.
On Tuesday, during a gathering of over 100 lawyers at the main hall of the district court bar association, the lawyers representative announced that they would start a series of General Body Meeting (GBM) of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) outside the courtroom 1 of the IHC in case the Chief Justice Kasi would not tender resignation within 15 days.
“We will hold series of GBM meetings at the entrance of the courtroom 1 at the outset and ultimately would lock the courtroom in case Justice Kasi would not resign” said Mohammad Waqas Malik, General Secretary of IHCBA.
Speaking at the occasion, Wajid Ali Gillani, member of Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) and Islamabad Bar Council (IBC) urged those judges who had made the illegal appointments in IHC to quit.
Rana Abid Nazir, a senior lawyer in the district bar association of Islamabad said that after the apex court had announced its verdict, those who had made the appointment in an illegal manner should have resigned on their own as the ineligible and incompetent individuals were appointed on hefty salaries hence, they caused a huge loss to the public exchequer.

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