No boycott of courtroom proceedings on May 16, clarifies KBA president

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KBA President Munir Ahmed Malik mentioned the honourary common secretary ‘began addressing the assembly in an extremely provocative method and even used the phrase ‘Shame’ for the Provincial Government’. The News/Illustration

KARACHI: A high official of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) mentioned Friday there had been no determination to boycott courtroom proceedings on May 16 — Saturday — and {that a} name made earlier by one other member was “unauthorised and incompetent”.

In an announcement issued Friday, KBA President Munir Ahmed Malik mentioned a protest scheduled for May 16 was “merely an unauthorised and incompetent call by the General Secretary KBA without any approval or mandate”.

“Members are knowledgeable that on 14-05-2020 [May 14] earlier than graduation of General Body Meeting, it was resolved by the workplace bearers and Members Managing Committee of Karachi Bar Association that in view of incontrovertible fact that negotiations with the Provincial Government’s representatives have been efficiently ended whereby the Provincial Government agreed to supply Rs15,000,000/- (one crore fifty lac Rupees) grant and 200-00 acres piece of land for the members of Karachi Bar Association, the General Body Meeting earlier referred to as for specified agenda was to be adjourned.

“It was further decided that I, being President Karachi Bar Association, shall only address the meeting and inform the worthy members about the said development and none-else shall address the meeting,” the assertion learn.

The KBA President famous that though the honourary common secretary’s request to “only say few words of thanks” was granted, the official “started addressing the meeting in an highly provocative manner and even used the word ‘Shame’ for the Provincial Government”.

“It seems that components who usually are not pleased with the graceful functioning of KBA affairs need to disturb the peace and concord between the members and to deprive members from the advantages that are being promised by Provincial Government. Hence they created fus [sic] even on adjournment of the assembly by the President.

“The members are further informed that as a matter of fact, in the unfortunate incident of 14-05-2020 the persons behind it are those who are not willing to see the ‘Lawyers Club’,” the assertion added.