LAHORE - Lawyers in Punjab have demanded the judicial authorities to dissolve supervisory committee, which was constituted to look into their affairs, and rejected the names proposed for the vacant posts of judges at the Lahore High Court.

The lawyers also demanded the resignation of Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, alleging that he committed ‘misconduct’ for taking administrative decisions under political influence.

They put these demands during “Lawyers’ Representatives Convention” held under the aegis of Punjab Bar Council, said a press release issued yesterday.

Pakistan Bar Council vice-chairman Dr Farogh Naseem, members of the Pakistan Bar Council, SCBA president Syed Ali Zafar and secretary Asad Manzoor Butt, LHCBA president Rana Zia Abdul Rehman and secretary Anas Ghazi, and representatives of around 80 bar associations from across the Punjab took part in the convention.

In their first resolution, the lawyers demanded resignation of the chief justice.

In the second, they demanded to dissolve supervisory committee made to look into their matters. Thirdly, they urged the judicial authorities not to interfere into the affairs of the bar councils.

Fourthly, they called for withdrawal of the list containing names for the appointment of new judges on vacant posts, and cancellation of the judicial commission’s meeting, which was scheduled for Oct 18, 2016.

They also demanded fresh list should be made in the lights of five-member committee’s meeting which would be held on Oct 18.

In fifth resolution, the lawyers demanded decision on the reference forwarded to the Supreme Judicial Council under Article 209.

Through sixth resolution, they demanded legislation to end Section 54 of Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act 1973.

In seventh resolution, they demanded establishment of benches for five divisions of Punjab including DG Khan, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Gujranwala.

The legal fraternity also demanded the judicial authorities to accept their demands and implement them within a month; otherwise, they said, they would call ‘Representative Convention’ for their future discourse.

Posting

LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah yesterday ordered posting of Ijaz Hassan Awan as Presiding officer at Punjab Labour Court No.VII, Gujranwala, against an existing vacancy.

According to a notification issued yesterday, the officer shall assume charge of his new assignment on or before Oct 20. Previously, District & Sessions Judge Ijaz Hassan Awan was made OSD at Lahore Sessions Court.