SBC to boycott court proceedings today in support of democracy, parliament

KARACHI: Sindh Bar Council (SBC) on Wednesday gave a call for boycott of the court proceedings today (Thursday) throughout the province to express solidarity with parliament and the democratic system.
Addressing a press conference at SBC’s conference hall, SBC member Mehmoodul Hassan, announced that legal proceedings on Thursday will remain suspended in the province and asked legal fraternity to stay away from courts.
Mehmood, while strongly criticising the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri “for making illogical demands” said that there was no constitutional way to meet their illegal demands.
He said that in presence of a proper parliamentary system, the government cannot be ousted from power through a display of street power. He declared that if any unconstitutional step was taken under the garb of a showdown between the governments and both parties, the legal fraternity would resist it with full might and observe a boycott of court proceedings for an indefinite period besides staging protest demonstrations.
He said that the democratic system was restored with the struggle of political parties and the lawyer’s movement in the bargain, adding that derailing the democracy will be intolerable.
Karachi Bar Association President Barrister Salahuddin Ahmed said that staging protest demonstrations was a constitutional right of the parties but they should not cross the constitutional bounds to get their demands fulfilled.
“The government came to power through a public mandate, given assemblies dissolved and government ousted would be a violation of the right of those who gave the government a mandate,” he opined.
He said that the government would set a wrong precedent if it fulfills illegal demands of the PTI and PAT and it would be against unconstitutional means.
Meanwhile, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Senator Saeed Ghani on Thursday asked PAT and PTI to end siege of the Parliament House and said that the two parties should respect the people’s mandate.
Ghani said that PTI leader Imran Khan should not agitate people and refrain from asking people to run over the Prime Minister’s House. “Such statements are against the democratic norms and PTI leaders should avoid any attempts to endanger democracy in the country,” he said.
He said that PPP had a clear stance on the current political scenario and that every party had the right to stage a protest for its demands but no one is allowed to derail democracy through protests.
Ghani said, “It was regrettable that both Imran and Qadri could not honour their commitment of not entering the Red Zone.” He added that the PPP had urged the government to allow the PTI to hold its protest demonstration in Islamabad. 
He said, “The PPP leaders Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto sacrificed their lives for democracy in the country and the party would not allow anyone to derail it.”
He also urged the government to initiate a dialogue with both parties to end this political crisis sensibly. “The opposition parties are also approaching PTI and PAT leadership for resolving the issue but it is the prime responsibility of the PML-N government to reach out to the protesting parties aim to diffuse this situation through political wisdom,” he said.
He said that the senior leaders of PPP were summoned by PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari in Dubai to consult over the current political crisis. 

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