Superior bars on Sunday disowned the Lahore High Court Bar Association’s resignation ultimatum to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
On Saturday, the LHCBA had threatened to start a lawyers movement similar to the 2007 protests against the then president Pervez Musharraf if the prime minister did not resign within seven days.
Pakistan Bar Council Vice Chairman Ahsen Bhoon told media though they believed that the PM should resign in view of the apex court’s verdict, the LHCBA announcement for a movement for his removal is “premature and based on emotions”.
“Morally, PM Sharif has lost his ground, but legally, he can stay in his office,” he added.
Bhoon said lawyers must wait for the findings of the joint investigation team before taking any coercive step against the government.
“The PBC, as a top regulatory body of lawyers, will only take steps after getting input from representatives of all bar associations,” he added.
Bhoon also urged the SC to finalise the members of JIT after examining their credentials.
Likewise, Supreme Court Bar Association General Secretary Aftab Bajwa said the SCBA would soon summon a convention of all lawyers’ representatives to discuss their opinions on starting a movement for the PM’s resignation.
About the LHCBA’s call, he said it was the bar’s own decision and the SCBA would not join it before consulting with all lawyers’ bodies.
Islamabad High Court Bar Association president Arif Chaudhry also disowned the LHCBA call and said they would not make any decision on the issue until consultations were held with all executive committee members.
It has been learnt that soon after the LHCBA issued its ultimatum, federal government representatives swept in to defuse the situation. They have been approaching different bars to muster their support.
LHCBA President Chaudhry Zulfiqar happens to be affiliated with the Jamaat-i-Islami and is a close associate of the Hamid Khan lawyers group when it comes to bar politics. Hamid Khan is senior PTI member.
Separately, the PTI has decided to approach superior bars for their support in its drive for the PM’s resignation.