PBC stresses criteria for SC's suo motu jurisdiction
The council also stressed the formation of a committee responsible for the constitution of benches
ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) - Showing serious concern over the controversy involving the Chief Justice of Pakistan's right to take suo motu on any issue, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has called for a clear criteria for suo motu jurisdiction.
The council also stressed the formation of a committee responsible for the constitution of benches to maintain harmony within the institution.
PBC Vice Chairman Haroon-ur-Rashid and Executive Committee Chairman Hassan Raza Pasha, in a news statement, emphasized that the PBC had always stressed the importance of maintaining the impartiality of the judiciary in order to uphold the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law in Pakistan.
However, they expressed their disappointment that the recent suo motu was taken on political matters that were already sub judice before two different high courts, which was unnecessary.
The news statement further says the legal fraternity attempted to eliminate the perception of polarisation and division, but their requests for the formation of criteria for suo motu jurisdiction and a committee for the constitution of benches were not heeded. As a result, the institution of the judiciary is suffering.
The council emphasized that it has the utmost respect and honour for the judiciary and believes that the public's trust in the institution should never be shaken. It is a matter of concern that the recent interpretation of the Constitution was heard by a full court, with two judges recusing themselves, in order to prevent an anarchic situation.
The PBC has called on all political parties to avoid character assassination of superior judiciary judges and only comment on judgments to protect the Supreme Court's honour and prestige.