ISLAMABAD: Former law minister Dr Babar Awan will file a petition in the Supreme Court today (Monday) for the revival of his licence to practice law."Yes, I will file the application today and will appear myself before the apex court for the revival of my licence to practice law," Babar Awan confirmed to The News on Sunday.
The legal fraternity throughout the country was anxiously waiting for such a move for the last five months. The licence of Babar Awan was suspended on January 17, 2012, but he did not file any application in the Supreme Court for the revival of his licence.
The case of Awan is unique as never in the history of the Supreme Court the licence of any senior advocate remainedsuspended for such a long time. Highly literate and branded as 'mechanic of criminal law' Awan resigned as a minister for law, justice, parliamentary affairs and information technology on April 13, 2011 when he was asked by the court to choose between the portfolios in the federal cabinet or to opt for appearance in the Supreme Court as an advocate in the case of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Babar Awan started his arguments in the ZAB case on April 14, 2011 after 32 years of ZAB's execution and concluded his arguments on June 28, 2011. However, for reciting a couplet of a Sufi poet, he was proceeded against summarily and his licence to practice law was suspended by the apex court.
Babar Awan, who is currently facing a worst kind of victimisation from his party leadership in a fit of anger on the behest of new blue-eyed of the party leadership, will appear before the apex court himself as he is filing the petition for revival of his licence and termination of proceedings.