LAHORE - Showing a strong reaction to rejection of a bill in the National Assembly to stop ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif from heading the PML-N, the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) on Tuesday termed the move a step against the spirit of the parliament and the Constitution.

The LHCBA officer bearers said that parliament was supreme but it was being used only for a person who was disqualified by the Supreme Court and had been attacking the sanctity of the judiciary.

Talking to The Nation on Tuesday night, LHCBA President Ch Zulfiqar Ali said it was very unfortunate that the highest forum of the country was used for a man. “We protest against this lawlessness,” said Ali. He asked, “How can a disqualified person be given such an authority?” He said the LHCBA had planned to hold an “all parties conference on the present political situation and future of democracy” on Dec 9.

Bar Secretary Amir Saeed Rawn said that LHCBA had been protesting against Sharif’s statements against the judiciary. He said it would call a press conference on Wednesday (today) to decide their future strategy regarding the present political issue.

“Lawyers won’t tolerate disrespect to state institutions,” said Rawn, adding, “I can’t say anything; it is simply unfortunate for us.”

On Monday, bar leaders had jointly held a press conference and demanded immediate resignation of Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

They said they would not sit silent over disrespect to the judiciary and would continue their struggle for supremacy of law and the Constitution. Bar VP Rashid Lodhi and others also spoke on the occasion.