Bar council restores Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s licence

Sunday, Nov 28, 2021

By News Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Enrolment Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council on Saturday restored the practice licence of former Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui with immediate effect.

In a statement, the PBC stated that its committee on enrolment met on November 24 in Islamabad under the chairmanship of Supreme Court judge Qazi Faez Isa.

It stated that the committee considered the applicable rules, including Rules 106, 107, 108 and 108-0 of the Pakistan Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils Rules, 1976 to ascertain if any disqualification to have the applicant’s licence restored is attracted.

Article 18 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan also guarantees that every citizen shall have the right to enter any lawful profession or occupation, it said and added that the committee was satisfied to restore the licence with an immediate effect.

On October 11, 2018, the law ministry sacked Siddiqui as judge of the IHC after the Supreme Judicial Council recommended his removal. The SJC had been conducting proceedings in a reference against Siddiqui over a speech to the District Bar Rawalpindi which landed him in hot waters.