PBC restores practising licence of ex-justice Siddiqui

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was sacked by Supreme Judicial Council in 2018

Our Correspondent November 27, 2021
Former Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID / EXPRESS



The enrolment committee of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has restored the practicing licence of Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui who was removed by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) three years ago.

The enrolment committee, led by Justice Qazi Faez Isa and including Syed Qalb-i-Hassan and Azam Nazeer Tarar, considered the application of Siddiqui on November 24 and decided that the applicant was entitled to have his licence restored.

According to a letter written to Siddiqui, the committee noted that the former judge was not removed by the SJC on account of corruption or an offence involving moral turpitude, which might have disentitled him from the restoration of his licence.

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It noted that Article 18 of the Constitution also guaranteed that every citizen has the right to enter any lawful profession or occupation. “Therefore, the license of Advocate Supreme Court of Mr. Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui is restored with immediate effect," the letter said.

Siddiqui was enrolled as a Supreme Court Advocate on March 31, 2001. On his elevation as an IHC judge on November 20, 2011, his licence was suspended. He was removed as the judge on November 10, 2018. Siddiqui challenged his removal in the Supreme Court.




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