Terror convict gets bar council licence

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An advocate convicted in a terror case has been able to get his licence from Sindh Bar Council (SBC) to practice the law.

As per Section 108-B(d) of The Pakistan Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Rules, 1976, it is required for the all law graduates to submit an affidavit disclosing any past conviction in any country.

The Pakistan Bar Council also prohibits any such person to be admitted as an advocate if he has been convicted for an offence involving moral turpitude by a court.

Syed Maaz Shah was convicted by a court in the United States and was awarded a sentence of six-and-a-half years in US Federal Prison, according to a report,

The court found him guilty of possessing and firing a military-style weapon. As per the FBI investigation transcription released by the US Department of Justice, Shah stated that it was his obligation to fight oppressive and corrupt governments such as the United States.

The US Attorney’s Office in its News Release stated that Shah felt it was his duty to prepare for ‘Jihad’. In the case United States versus Shah, the transcript of the Sentencing Hearing records the observation of the sitting judge that Shah’s conduct was calculated to conspiracy to murder.