Islamabad - Executive Committee of Pakistan Bar Council Wednesday took serious note of a notification of the Lahore High Court through which the CJ LHC constituted a Disciplinary Committee for exercising powers under the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973.

In order to curb the rising trend of misbehaviour in courts and to restore working relationship between the Bar and the Bench, and to establish effective monitoring devise against happening of untoward incidents in the courts, newly appointed LHC CJ Syed Mansoor Ali Shah constituted a Disciplinary Committee comprising of himself and six other judges of the High Court to exercise powers under the Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Act, 1973.

The PBC committee expressed serious reservations regarding the authority of the CJ LHC to constitute a Disciplinary Committee under the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973 and to take any action against members of the Bar.

The executive members of the Council said that it amounts to interfering with and encroaching upon the jurisdiction of the Provincial & Pakistan Bar Councils. They said the Pakistan Bar Council is fully prepared to protect and preserve its jurisdiction.

It is a considered view of the Pakistan Bar Council that the disciplinary matters exclusively fall within the jurisdiction of the Provincial & Pakistan Bar Councils and will not accept any encroachment upon the aforesaid jurisdiction. The Pakistan Bar Council urged the chief justice Lahore High Court to forthwith withdraw the notification in order to maintain cordial relations between Bench and the Bar.