KARACHI, October 30: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party has extended felicitations to the newly-elected body of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) including its President-elect Barrister Ali Zafar and Secretary-elect Asad Manzoor.
In his message, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari hoped that new SCBA cabinet will strive hard for constitutionalism, rule of law and institutional balance in the country to protect and promote democracy.
He said that lawyer community has played pivotal role from the independence to the restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Contributions of the legal fraternity are immense and both Bar and Bench need to work together for more reforms so that jurisprudence is seen universal in the country.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked both the newly-elected President and Secretary to convey his felicitations to all the new office-bearers of SCBA.
KARACHI, October 30: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has directed all the Party leaders and workers not to make any adverse comments on anybody’s personal matters.
The PPP Chairman passed these directives today following noticing some comments on personal matters regarding marriage and divorce of a politician. “We are harbingers of our rich traditions and dignity. We represent every segment of society. We respect individual’s privacy. Hence we should not indulge in things, which don’t suit our morals and ethics,” he exhorted Party leaders and workers.
Calls for reforming justice system
Islamabad October 30, 2015: Former President Asif Ali Zardari has felicitated Barrister Syed Ali Zafar on his election as SCBA President calling also for reforms in the justice system.
In a message Zardari said that lawyers as members of the larger legal fraternity had played a key role in upholding the rule of law and constitutionalism and orderly, peaceful and democratic elections in this highest elected body of the lawyers was an encouraging omen for the democratic processes in the country.
Zardari expressed the hope that the lawyers will continue to play their important role not only in upholding rule of law and constitutionalism but also in reforming the justice system in the country.
It is important that top priority is accorded to reforming the criminal justice system in the country and the lawyers’ community is best placed to raise their powerful voice in its support, he said.
Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar quoted the former President as saying that continued neglect of reforms will only increase people’s alienation from the institutions responsible for dispensing justice and eventually from the state itself.
The former President also welcomed the recent decision of the Senate to convert itself in to a Committee of the Whole to debate the issue and play a role in providing speedy and inexpensive justice to the people. The newly elected SCBA together with the Senate Committee of the Whole has an opportunity to lead upfront the struggle for judicial reforms.
Zardari also asked the newly elected President SCBA to convey his greetings and felicitaions to other elected office bearers of the Association on their election.
On behalf of Pakistan Peoples Party Punjab and on his behalf, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP Punjab, have extended heartiest congratulations to Barrister Ali Zafar, Asma Jahangir Group, for winning the prestigious slot of President Supreme Court Association President in an election held yesterday.
He said that his election as the President of the Supreme Court would give impetus to the movement for the establishment of the supremacy of the law and the constitution so important for the future and continuity of democracy in the country.
He said that he was the illustrious son of S.M.Zafar, a distinguished legal mind and politician of repute who held important positions like Foreign Minister of Pakistan and the Law Minister in the Pakistani cabinet.
He added that the respected Asma Jehangir, was a pride of Pakistan whose meritorious services for the restoration of democracy, independence of judiciary and freedom of media were well known both in the country and in the world.
She is the champion of human rights and has been leading the campaign in Pakistan for the civil liberties even in the most hostile environment of General Zia-ul- Haq when fundamental rights were suspended and talking about civil liberties or habeas corpus were deemed as the heinous crime punishable summarily, he added.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo also extended his felicitation to Asad Manzoor But, Professional Group, for winning the slot of the Secretary General of the SCBA and extended his best wishes to him.
میاں منظور احمد وٹو، صدر پیپلز پارٹی پنجاب نے پیپلز پارٹی پنجاب اور اپنی طرف سے بیرسٹر علی ظفر کو سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے صدر منتخب ہونے پر دلی مبارکباد دی ہے اور کہا ہے کہ ان کو پوری امید ہے کہ ان کے دور میں آئین اور قانون کی بالادستی کی تحریک اور مضبوط ہو گی جس سے ملک میں جمہوریت کے مستقبل کو تابناک بنانے میں بڑی مدد ملے گی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ بیرسٹر علی ظفر، جناب ایس ایم ظفر کے صاحبزادے ہیں جو بذات خود ایک ممتاز قانون دان ہونے کے علاوہ ملک کے ایک مائے ناز سیاستدان بھی ہیں جنہوں نے بطور وزیر خارجہ اور وزیر قانون کی حیثیت سے گرانقدر خدمات سر انجام دی ہیں۔انہوں نے محترمہ عاصمہ جہانگیر کو خراج عقیدت پیش کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ انہوں نے جمہوریت کی بحالی، عدلیہ اور میڈیا کی آزادی کے لیے تاریخی کردار ادا کیا ہے۔انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ وہ شہریوں کے بنیادی حقوق کی علمبردار ہیں اور انہوں نے بنیادی حقوق او شہری آزادیوں کے لیے جنرل ضیاء الحق کے جابرانہ دور میں بھی جدوجہد جاری رکھی جب شہری آزادیوں کی بات کرنا بھی جرم تھا۔ میاں منظور احمد وٹو نے اسد منظور بٹ کو سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے سیکریٹری جنرل منتخب ہونے پر بھی مبارکباد دی اور نیک تمناؤں کا اظہار کیا۔