Pendency rate increasing owing to lawyers’ strike: SC

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday observed that pendency rate was increasing due to lawyers’ boycott of the courts.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qazi Faez Isa observed this while hearing a bail application of an accused namely Waqas. Waqas was accused of injuring a man Maqsood in Vehari in June 2016. The court accepted his bail application on a surety bond of Rs0.1 million.

During the proceeding, Justice Faez observed that there was no concept of strike in Islam as lawyers negate the constitutional system by not appearing before the courts. He said that salary of the day becomes haraam (forbidden) for the lawyers on which they did not appear before the courts. He further observed that today lawyers went on strike and tomorrow the prosecutors and judges would go on strikes. “When I was a Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court, I did not permit a single day strike,” he said. “We have to ensure provision of justice,” he added.

Justice Dost said that when traffic police challan a lawyer then next day the lawyers go on strike.

Khalid Malooka, a lawyer appearing in the case, said that after the movement for restoration of judiciary, the lawyer went out of control. Justice Faiz remarked that the movement for the restoration of judiciary had a constitutional stance and was launched for the supremacy of the constitution. “There is a difference between constitutional movement and lawyers’ strike,” the judge said.

 

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