Lahore, October 28: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has hailed Asma Jahangir’s election as the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) as a momentous event that will give a boost to the human rights movement in Pakistan.
In a statement issued on Thursday the Commission said: “The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) felicitates Ms Asma Jahangir on her well-earned victory in election for the presidentship of the country’s highest bar association. The lawyers practicing at the apex court have obviously turned to her to guide them towards establishing the independence and integrity of the legal profession. HRCP joins them in hoping that as SCBA President Asma Jahangir will continue her struggle for the independence of the judiciary, the rights and dignity of lawyers, rule of law, and the defence of the underprivileged sections of society with the same fervour that she has displayed throughout her career. Her resignation from the chair of HRCP the moment she decided to contest for the bar office meant an irreparable loss for this organization for her contribution to the growth of the human rights movement in Pakistan, and specially to the founding and nourishing of HRCP, remains unmatched. Nor is it possible to ignore her part in promoting international human rights mechanisms as a Special Rapporteur on two themes, which also enhanced Pakistan’s prestige in world councils. While she will doubtless continue to contribute to HRCP’s work as an active member, we hope that her assumption of the leadership of the Bar will give a boost to the human rights movement in Pakistan and enable the Bar to play its role in defending and promoting human rights of all people, especially of those who do not enjoy easy access to justice.”
Dr. Mehdi Hasan