LAHORE - The legal fraternity has demanded of the government to withdraw additional perks and privileges from former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, saying all former CJs should be treated equally.

Pakistan Bar Council and (PBC) Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) office-bearers demanded this at a joint-press conference here on Saturday. PBC and SCBA adopted a consensus resolution on the issue.

Addressing the press conference, PBC Vice-Chairman Azam Nasir Tarar said the Constitution should be amended for criminal laws to dispense of speedy justice to the public. He also appealed to the Supreme Court to decide the pending petitions against the 21st Amendment at the earliest. The PBC could also become a party in the case, he further said.

Ahsan Bhoon, who was elected as chairman executive committee for a one-year term, also spoke on the occasion and said ad-hoc appointments of judges should not be made in the superior judiciary.

Bhoon said the government should not give additional perks and privileges to its blue-eyed retired judges. He quoted Article 19-Aof the Constitution (right to information) asking the CJP to provide the bar details of all references against the judges pending with Supreme Judicial Council. Bhoon condemned the exchange of harsh words between senior counsels and the judges of the apex court. He also said that the judges of the Supreme Court should not pass negative remarks against the judges of high courts by mentioning their names.

SCBA president Fazl-i-Haq Abbasi said the frequent strikes of the legal fraternity had caused serious problems in the dispensation of justice and such unnecessary delay be discouraged.