LAHORE - The Lahore High Court Bar Association on Thursday adopted a resolution demanding the country’s top court make rules on suo motu powers.

“The suo motu notices should not be taken on the matters where the parties have the legitimate right to appeal before the court of competent jurisdiction,” LHCBA President Anwarul Haq Pannu told the general house meeting.

Advocate Syed Tanvir Hashmi, the father of Shah Hussain who had been acquitted in Khadija Siddiqui stab case by the Lahore High Court, moved the resolution. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar had taken the suo motu notice of the acquittal of Shah Hussain in the case.

“It is not just the case of Hashmi’s son; the meeting has been called to deliberate on the suo motu powers of the Supreme Court,” the bar president said.

About suo motu notice taken by CJP Nisar in Khadija Siddiqui’s case, they said it did not qualify for suo motu as the aggrieved party had a legitimate right to file an appeal against the acquittal verdict.

He condemned criticisms on court’s decisions on television shows without going through the verdicts. He said the undue criticism amounted to put pressure on the courts.

Commenting over CJP Nisar’s statement that the lawyers were his soldiers, Pannu said: “the lawyers are the officers of the courts, they are not soldiers of anyone.”

He vowed that the lawyers would continue to support the judiciary till it worked under the Constitution. The bar leader said that they would appear before the Supreme Court in the hearing of Khadija Siddique’s suo motu case to be heard on June 10 at the Lahore registry. Ahmad Awais, Hafiz Abdul Rehman Anwai, Ehsan Wayn and Zahid Hussain Bokhari also addressed the general house.