Lawyers vow to re­sist abol­ish­ing of data cen­tre, archive project

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

An un­cov­ered manhole on Tar­lai Road near Chak Shahzad. The au­thor­i­ties should give it a se­ri­ous thought.—INFN

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