LAHORE - Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) has announced to observe strike tomorrow (Thursday) across the province to express solidarity with the chief justice of Pakistan on his standoff with the president regarding judges elevation and appointment. However, vice chairman of the bar Mumtaz Mustafa disowned National Coordination Council (NCC) of lawyers headed by Supreme Court Bar Association president Qazi Anwar and its strike that was observed on Monday last. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, the PbBC vice chairman said only elected bodies of lawyers had the right to take decisions about protest activities. Chairman executive committee of PbBC Rana Muhammad Ikram and other bar members including Maqsood Buttar and Rai Bashir were also present at the press conference. Mumtaz Mustafa said the NCC had no legal effect being a non-elected and unauthorised body of the lawyers. He said it was formed on emergency grounds during two-year long historical movement of lawyers and the then SCBA president Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan was made its head. But it did not attain any legal status, as it was not established under Legal Practitioner and Bar Council Act, he added. He also condemned the issuance of illegal notifications by the president regarding elevation of LHC Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif as judge SC and appointing Justice Mian Saqib Nisar as the acting LHC chief justice. Mustafa hailed the decision of Supreme Court wherein it suspended the notifications and announced full support to judiciary against all unconstitutional acts of government. He said the lawyers from across the province will observe complete boycott of courts and hold general house meetings in their respective bars on Thursday, when the SC will be hearing its suo moto case about the issuance of unconstitutional notifications by the president.