Former Attorney General Husnu Suood, who is among 56 lawyers suspended by the Department of Judicial Administration (DJA), says the suspension will not end their fight for judicial reform and that additional lawyers will file a petition highlighting concerns about the judiciary.
Suood said this during a press conference on Monday after DJA suspended them for filing a petition with the Supreme Court and rallying outside the courthouse.
He said their fight for judicial reform will not end with the suspension and that additional lawyers will file a similar petition. Reforming and strengthening the justice system is of utmost importance at present and it is lawyers who can do it best, he said.
Speaking at the press conference lawyer Mahfooz Saeed said they were suspended without asking them any questions or taking into account the negative impact of the decision.
He said, even the lawyers who did not sign the petition agree that there was nothing unlawful in the petition, and added that the suspension was an attempt to intimidate them. He said they were suspended for speaking the truth, but they will not back down.
Lawyer Hisaan Hussain, who was also at the press conference, said they did not sign the petition to protect the rights of lawyers, but to defend the rights of ordinary citizens. She said that it is a matter of grave concern that they were suspended instead of addressing the concerns they highlighted.
DJA announced the suspension on Sunday, saying that the 56 lawyers are being investigated for violating the constitution, and relevant laws and regulations.
According to DJA, they rallied outside the Supreme Court against the law, in such a way that it would compromise the independence of the judiciary and judges.
The statement also said DJA is investigating the lawyers for meddling with and attempting to influence the judiciary’s work, writing and signing an unlawful document against court procedures and rulings, and contempt of court.