ISLAMABAD — The Pakistan Bar Council’s Enrolment Committee restored former Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s practise licence on Saturday, three years after he was removed from the high court.
The decision was issued by the PBC’s three-member enrollment committee, which is led by Justice Faez Isa and also includes Syed Kalbe Hussain and Senator Azam Nazir Tarar.
According to reports, the PBC stated in its judgement that Shaukat Siddiqui was not terminated by the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) due to charges of corruption or moral degeneration, thus the committee quickly reinstated his licence.
After deciding that his expulsion as a judge was not based on financial corruption or ethical concerns, the committee reinstated Siddiqui’s membership with immediate effect.
The committee also observed that the judge was not dismissed for corruption or any other reason that would have barred him from regaining his licence.
“Article 18 of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Constitution also provides that every person shall have the right to engage any authorised profession or occupation,” it added, adding that the committee was satisfied to reinstate the licence immediately.
The PBC enrolling committee determined that the SJC’s decision to expel Siddiqui had nothing to do with the corruption charges levelled against him. As a result, the committee decided to reinstate his licence.