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SCBAP condemns FIA action against lawyers

The SCBAP has issued a statement, demanding that the FIA "withdraw such unlawful call-up notices, immediately, which on the face are illegal and in violation of the law and Constitution."

The Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBAP) has condemned the notice for an inquiry sent by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s lawyer Khawaja Haris.

The SCBAP has issued a statement, demanding that the FIA “withdraw such unlawful call-up notices, immediately, which on the face are illegal and in violation of the law and Constitution.”

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“These notices seemingly based on frivolous pretexts, are nothing short of a blatant harassment and against the independence of the Bar and judiciary so as to prevent the lawyers from performing their professional duties, without fear and favor,” the statement further said.

As per details, Khawaja Haris was summoned by the FIA cyber crime wing in an inquiry related to alleged Facebook posts of Judge Humayun Dilawar, who heard the Toshakhana case.

A day earlier, the FIA had summoned Naeem Haider Panjutha to record his statement in an inquiry related to the alleged Facebook posts of Judge Humayun Dilawar.

The notice stated that an inquiry has been initiated against PTI chief’s lawyer at direction of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). Last week, the IHC referred the “controversial” Facebook posts of Judge Dilawar — who sentenced PTI chief Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case — to the FIA.

Toshakhana verdict and arrest

The local court Saturday sentenced the PTI chairman to a three-year term and an Rs100,000 fine in the Toshakhana case – a move that will change the country’s political landscape as the country awaits general elections.

Announcing the short judgement, the court also disqualified him for five years from holding any office.

Soon after the verdict, Imran Khan was arrested from his Zaman Park residence Later, the PTI chief was shifted to the Central Jail Attock.

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