The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) criticized a reference filed against Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, calling it an attempt to undermine the Constitution. The SCBA also objected to a resolution passed by the National Assembly, saying it violates the Constitution and the independence of the judiciary.
SCBA President Barrister Abid S Zuberi and Secretary Muqtedir Akhtar Shabbir said the reference against the Chief Justice is an effort to delay elections in Punjab and KPK. They called the allegations baseless and a threat to the independence of the judiciary.
The SCBA demanded the reference be dismissed and action taken against the complainant for attacking the judiciary’s integrity. They also criticized the National Assembly for disregarding Article 68 of the Constitution, which prohibits discussing the conduct of judges in Parliament.
The SCBA emphasized that Pakistan is a democratic state with separate powers for the parliament, judiciary, and executive. They noted that the resolution was passed by only 43 out of 342 members of Parliament and warned that such actions could lead to chaos or anarchy.
The SCBA condemned the smear campaign and media trial of judges and called for a consensus to protect the judiciary’s integrity and restore stability in the country.
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