In protest: Insaf Lawyers Forum boycotts Azadi March

Members express reservations over recent appointment of 10 law officers.

Our Correspondent August 13, 2014

PESHAWAR: The Insaf Lawyers Forum (ILF) has decided to boycott Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Azadi March over reservations regarding the recent appointment of 10 law officers at the office of Advocate General Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

The announcement was made following a meeting of the ILF held at Peshawar High Court on Tuesday under the chair of its acting president, Saadullah Khan Marwat. ILF spokesperson Akhtar Ilyas, Javedullah Khalil and Hassan Gul participated in the meeting among others.

Participants decided no lawyer of the forum would participate in the march, claiming the recent appointments were not made on merit and the forum’s lawyers were sidelined. ILF also demanded the removal of Advocate General of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Abdul Latif Yousafzai.

Members of the forum said only three lawyers from the ILF were appointed to the office of the K-P AG while the rest of the seven appointments were made from other parties. The forum also rejected the appointment of Barrister Ambreen Abbasi of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

“Chief Minister Pervez Khattak had held a meeting with the forum and decided that a three-member committee will be constituted comprising senior lawyer Qazi Muhammad Anwer, law secretary and the adviser for law. The committee was to finalise suitable names of law officers, but this was not done,” said Marwat.

He added lawyers Adnan Khan, Fahim Akbar and Rahim Shah were appointed from the ILF, adding they hail from the chief minister’s hometown of Nowshera. While Marwat appreciated their appointments, he flayed the move of ignoring the others.

The K-P government terminated four law officers and appointed 10 others on Monday. A notification issued by the law department informed of the termination of two additional and two assistant advocates general, and the appointment of four additional and six assistant advocates general.

The terminated additional advocates general are Zahid Yousaf Qureshi and Javed Khan, who were serving in Islamabad and Swat, respectively. The terminated assistant advocates general are Raja Mohammad Zubair and Mohammad Haroon Awan, who were serving in Abbottabad and DI Khan, respectively.

Those appointed additional advocates general are Mujahid Ali and Khizar Hayat for Peshawar, Barrister Ambreen Abbasi for Supreme Court, Islamabad and Sabir Shah for Darul Qaza, Swat.

The six assistant advocates general are Sikandar Hayat Shah and Rahim Shah for Peshawar, Adnan Khan for DI Khan, Kabir Khattak for Services Tribunal Peshawar, Mian Shujaat Shah for the Federal Shariah Court and Faheem Akbar for Abbottabad.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th,2014.



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