Pakistan Bar Council All Parties Conference hints at struggle against undemocratic forces

The appointment of judges should be made non-political and transparent, accountability procedures should be reviewed, the 19th Amendment should be repealed and a new forum should be formed in which the role of Parliament should be effective and all stakeholders should decide on the principles of merit

Pukhtun Nama Web News

The Pakistan Bar Council held an all-party conference on Thursday, attended by prominent lawyers and human rights activists, including leaders of political parties. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Opposition Leader Shahbaz Sharif, Chairman Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai, ANP Central Senior Vice President Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Member National Assembly Mohsin Dawar, Former National Party Central President Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch, JUI Central General Secretary Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and other political leaders attended.

The participants in the All Parties Conference expressed concern over the ongoing undemocratic traditions in the country, the consolidation of civil liberties, revenge in the name of accountability and conspiracies against parliamentary democracy. The shadow in the country will face the political stalemate and the challenges facing democracy.

At the end of the All Parties Conference, the leaders of the political parties and the Pakistan Bar Council issued a joint statement which was agreed upon by all the political parties and lawyers’ organizations. The joint statement said that the forum strongly condemned the military’s political interference in the country and called on the military to refrain from political interference. In the name of Fifth Generation War, civil liberties are being crucified in the country and various voices are being silenced.

The joint statement described the deteriorating situation in the country as a matter of civil liberties, freedom of expression, freedom of the press and so on. The meeting condemned the cases of sedition against journalists and bans on media houses and the disappearance of those who made statements that were contrary to the state’s statement, and called for the appointment of judges to be made non-political and transparent and for accountability. The 19th Amendment should be scrapped and a new forum should be formed in which the role of Parliament should be effective and all stakeholders including administration, bar councils, judiciary, numerical equality should come together on the same platform and merit in a transparent manner.

The meeting felt that the system of free, transparent and fair accountability provides a strong foundation for good governance in the country, the current system of accountability in the country has become not only ineffective and controversial but also as a tool for political engineering. the declaration strongly condemns all political engineering.