The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), on Monday, demanded that the country’s Constitution be amended to include provision of electricity as a fundamental right.
The LHCBA general house adopted a resolution moved by Advocate Shahid Shahood Randhawa.
Randhawa said the increasing loadshedding would ultimately lead to the economic ruin of the country.
The incompetence of national leaders, he said, had condemned people to poverty. He added that the leaders had done nothing to alleviate the energy shortage.
Randhawa said that bar members would not remain silent as people faced economic death from loadshedding.
He said lawyers who had been on the frontline in the fight against the undemocratic rule and the battle for the restoration of judiciary realised the electricity crisis was just as important.
Randhawa demanded that a committee be formed within the LHCBA and made responsible for establishing a load shedding committee in each of the 36 district bars of the province. He said the LHCBA load shedding committee should work with traders, doctors, trade unions, political parties and members of civil society to chalk out strategies to tackle the problem.
He said that the LHCBA should also form a legal cell consisting of five senior lawyers who would be responsible for dealing with any legal issues that cropped up. He said the load shedding committee should be a permanent body until the crisis ended.
This resolution was put to vote by LHCBA Secretary Sardar Akbar Ali Dogar and was unanimously passed.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 3rd, 2012.