IHC, district bar lawyers to boycott Malik Riaz, Bahria Town cases

Published: June 14, 2012
District bar bans Aitzaz Ahsan, Zahid Bukhari from entering bars, approve resolution expressing unity with judiciary. PHOTO: IHC.GOV.PK/ FILE

District bar bans Aitzaz Ahsan, Zahid Bukhari from entering bars, approve resolution expressing unity with judiciary. PHOTO: IHC.GOV.PK/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: All lawyers of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and district bar, in a general body session, unanimously agreed that none of them would fight any cases pertaining to Malik Riaz or Bahria Town, Express News reported on Thursday.

The lawyers also decided to ban Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s counsel Aitzaz Ahsan and Malik Riaz’s counsel Zahid Bukhari from entering both bars while unanimously approving a resolution expressing unity with the judiciary.

The special bench of the Supreme Court is set to classify on Thursday (today), the nature of the case involving businessman Malik Riaz and Chief Justice Itikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son Arsalan Iftikhar.

The rules of the proceedings to follow in the case would be laid down after the special bench – comprising Justice Jawad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain – decide whether it is a dispute between two individuals or a deeper conspiracy against the judiciary.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • azmeena
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:15PM

    since when is Iftikhar spelled Itikhar ?


  • Irtiza
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:22PM

    Height of badmashi


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Instead of asking the Chief Justice to go on leave till the Court decides the cases the lawyers are boycotting the person making allegations with proof. Instead of taking a stand for rule of law the Supreme Court judges are holding huddled meetings without and declaring support for a corrupt PCO Chief Justice!

    This judiciary needs to be taught a lesson! They didn’t took PCO oaths because they weren’t offered or they would have done it a thousand more times!

    The parliament should pass a Constitutional amendment to impeach the entire higher judiciary and remove this corrupt lot in one stroke!

    Since all the judges to Supreme Court are being appointed from Lahore, Islamabad and adjoining areas: this vote of support is no surprise!


  • Ahmed HM
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Zindabad !


  • zafar
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Well done, Bar, this is really great step in right direction. CJ we are with you and all judiciary.


  • Truth Detector
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:48PM

    Malik Riaz’s bubble has started to burst. 15 minutes of fame is over.Very soon he will be looking for ‘exit’ strategy.


  • Umer
    Jun 14, 2012 - 3:56PM

    Good. Now Malik Riaz doesn’t have to fight cases against him.

    Also shows how lawyers are trying to protect nephew Arsalan by unusual means.


  • Shuaib
    Jun 14, 2012 - 4:02PM

    All the lawyers need to rally behind the judiciary! The Attorney General’s performance in the court today proves there is a conspiracy against the court and the govt is on board as well as the establishment! IK quite rightly said that this is battle between status quo and anti-status quo!


  • syed
    Jun 14, 2012 - 4:09PM

    That means Musharraf was right and justified in taking action against Chowdhry Sahib.


  • Iram
    Jun 14, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Lawyers announced their judgement before actual judgement, amazing. Who is behind this movement?


  • Malik
    Jun 14, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Good work lawyerz. Now this is the best time to show that you are fully behind your chief, the only person who is beheading the corrupt anakodaz of Pakistan. And their sympathizors are making hue n cry to save the skin of these corrupt people.
    Love you CJ. Everybody is at your back. Be courageous like before


  • Asif Ali
    Jun 14, 2012 - 5:03PM

    @Khalq e Khuda:
    The bar boycotting Malik Riaz and Bahria Town cases is regrettable as any person has a right to defend him/herself in a court of law, no matter if the person is a killer of 1000 people.
    BUT I totally disagree with you in regards to your comments on judiciary (to be tought a lesson). Boycott action of bar should be condemned but this has got nothing to do with judiciary.
    Moreover, you are defending a person (Malik Riaz) who has been used as a tool by most corrupt govt (PPP) in history of Pakistan.
    Since the govt plot seems to be failing (to malign CJ), even Aitzaz Ahsan has refused to be a lawyer for Mr Riaz now and Mr Bukhari has also shown his inability to act as a lawyer on behalf of Malik Riaz.
    Have you not seen conflicting statements from Malik Riaz, he has been changing his statements every now and then. This poor guy was simply used by PPP for their vested interests. Shame on PPP.


  • Uza Syed
    Jun 14, 2012 - 5:18PM

    @syed: “That means Musharraf was right and justified in taking action against Chowdhry Sahib.” —— Of course, President Mushrraf was right. Since we have collective amnesia, we ought to be reminded that this man Arsalan Iftikhar Chadhry was one of the reason for the reference against CJ sent to the Supreme Judicial Council by the President on recommendation of the then Prime Minister Aziz (which is still not heard and pending!). This man Arsalan was even then protected and since even promoted to become the kind he has become in the meantime.Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jun 14, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Its a good news for Malik Riaz. It means, cases against will not be decided soon. Land grabber wants to delay justice and Lawyers are doing exactly what he wants.


  • Hassan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:17PM

    @Khalq e Khuda:
    Malik Sahib is by his own admission an uneducated person who barely passed his matric exam, he has no clue whats really going on, he is obviously being used. As for the CJ you cannot just ask him to go home just because some feels like hurling accusations at him. What happens if some one else wants to do the same to the interim CJ, it will be a never ending circle.Now the media has also been tainted too. Let the court do its job , there are lots of judges there who are mature and educated and experienced enought to handle this properly.


  • Irfan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 7:48PM

    All around the world even worst terrorists get the lawyers for their defense, but in Pakistan a businessman who has done so much for the country is being boycotted by Lawyer Mafias, they are running parallel government, Recommend

  • observer
    Jun 17, 2012 - 10:36AM

    A. Lawyers garland and offer free legal aid to a killer.

    B. The same lawyers ‘boycott’ a soft drink on religious grounds.

    C. And now they subvert a citizen’s right to judicial redress.

    Very ‘honourable’ lawyers, these.


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