PESHAWAR: The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has taken presidential references against Justice Qazi Faez Esa and Sindh High Court (SHC) Judge KK Agha on Friday.
The presidential references against Justice Esa and Justice Agha have been submitted by the government. The government officials said that references have been submitted to SJC on the public complaints for owning properties abroad but did not mention them in their assets statements.
President of Pakistan Arif Alvi had forwarded the references to the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). On Friday, Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh, CJ Sindh High Court Ali Ahmed Sheikh and CJP Peshawar High Court Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth attended the session, however, no information was shared with the media regarding the proceedings.
The Balochistan Bar Council, Quetta Bar Association, the Balochistan High court Bar Association and Supreme Court Bar Association boycotted courts throughout the province in solidarity with Justice Faez Esa on the Call of Pakistan Bar Council on Friday.
Lawyers’ protest in Balochistan
The lawyers also staged a sit-in at Balochistan High Court (BHC) and took out a procession holding placards, condemning the reference against Justice Esa. They also chanted slogans against the government and in favour of Justice Esa.
The government had filed references against two superior court judges, Justice Isa and Judge Agha in the SJC after complaints were received against judges for owning properties abroad but did not mention them in their wealth statements. President Arif Alvi had forwarded the references to the SJC.
While talking to the protests, the senior lawyers told that this kind of attitude towards judges shows they intentionally pushing the country fifty years back but lawyers will never give up. The lawyers warned that they will continue their sit-ins until the government withdraw reference against Justice Qazi Faiz Essa.