Enrollment as ASC, when?
Some days ago a news story published in local and national newspapers that more than 50 lawyers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province had applied for enrollment as advocates of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; however, despite more than two years they did not receive any call from the Pakistan Bar Council regarding their interviews. The leader of the said lawyers, Muhammad Ashraf Turk, popularly known as Ashraf Khan Gadoon – a Peshawar-based advocate of the High Court and the Federal Shariat Court, said that he had submitted his application accompanied by the Fitness Certificate (granted by the Hon’ble Peshawar High Court), other relevant documents and Rs25,000 fee for enrollment as Advocate Supreme Court on June 7, 2018 at the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the officials told him that he would be called for interview, but still he did not receive any call. Ashraf Khan further stated that he had been waiting for the last two years for his interview in order to get enrolled as he had fulfilled all the requirements in this regard, however, there was no progress so far, adding that he was very worried about the matter due to his being 79 now, so when he would be issued the enrollment certificate? It is a very astonishing situation that even lawyers, being the backbone of justice system, are deprived of their basic rights in the country while it does not portray a good image of the state of our justice system. Therefore, the Pakistan Bar Council should pay attention to this case on priority basis as it is a matter of big concern for the learned lawyers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.