The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) in Pakistan has demanded the release of political prisoners and is against civilians being tried under military law. They are advocating for civilian supremacy and want the military to stick to its constitutional role. The SCBA also wants treason charges brought against officials from the Election Commission of Pakistan. They are calling for an end to the privileges enjoyed by state officials at the expense of the public and are asking for a dialogue on the economy. The convention organised by the SCBA called for a countrywide strike to uphold the rule of law. The bar associations are urged to observe the strike on September 9th. The SCBA resolution stated that all institutions in Pakistan should adhere strictly to the Constitution and not deviate from it. The resolution also opposed the trial of civilians in military courts and demanded fair trials for all citizens. It condemned the arrests and detentions of women and called for action against those responsible. The SCBA also demanded general elections and said that caretaker governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were now unconstitutional. They also called for the enforcement of all judicial verdicts and equal treatment of all citizens before the law. The SCBA acknowledged the economic situation and invited stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue to find solutions. Senior lawyers emphasized the need for institutions to stay within their constitutional boundaries and adhere to the law. The SCBA president called for action against the chief election commissioner for not implementing a Supreme Court judgement and the former prime minister and ministries for not holding elections. Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to decide the military court case before his retirement.
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