Lawyers vow to resist abolishing of data centre, archive project
ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—A number of lawyers’ bodies of the federal capital have expressed concerns over the scrapping of Data Center and Archive project of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
A joint committee of the lawyers bodies led by Mohammad Shuaib Shaheen, chairman legal education committee of Pakistan Bar Council and comprising Qazi Rafiuddin Babar, vice chairman Islamabad Bar Council (IBC), IBC member Syed Wajid Ali Gillani, Mohammad Waqas Malik secretary general Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Syed Mohammad Tayyab president district bar association and others met with the IHC Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi and senior puisne judge Justice Noorul Haq N. Qureshi in this regard.
After the meeting both the judges of the IHC, the lawyers committee noted that an official of the IHC wrongly put a note to the Chief Justice for closure of Data Center project and Justice Kasi ordered for scrapping of the project without discussing it with Justice Qureshi, chairman IT committee of the IHC.
“Establishment of Data Center and Archiving Section” project was conceived in May 2014. Under the project, the legal documents, judicial record, judgments, case management and other court related correspondence were planned to be converted into the e-format to keep it in the main server or Data Center and Archiving Section. The Access to Justice programme on the demand of IHC Chief Justice last year approved Rs38 million for the said project. The project has been closed at a time when Rs4 million have been spent on it.
A joint declaration issued by the lawyers committee states “the elected representatives of Islamabad take serious note of the fact that all the important decisions in the IHC are being taken without the approval of administrative committee” comprising Chief Justice and senior judges of the court. “Such decisions including the decision of closure of IT Data Center project… is not only illegal but damaging to the institution and wastage of public exchequer”, it said. The declaration said that the advocates of Islamabad are the real stakeholders of the IHC and any decision taken without the meaningful consultation of legal fraternity shall not be acceptable. It warned that the lawyers may approach the Supreme Court if the Data Center project is not restored.
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