A policeman was beaten badly by a group of lawyers after testifying in a habeas corpus petition at the Lahore High Court on Tuesday.
Khalid, an assistant sub inspector (ASI) from Gujranwala, was attacked as he left the courtroom of Justice Anwarul Haq by Advocates Rafique and Shahid Iqbal. Accompanied by dozens of other lawyers, they punched and kicked the ASI and tore his uniform. LHC security personnel intervened to rescue the policeman.
The motive for the attack appeared to be the ASI’s testimony in the court against the accused in the case. Justice Haq summoned bar representatives after hearing of the incident. Lahore High Court Bar Association President Shehram Sarwar Chaudhry told the judge that the bar condemned the incident and would take action against the lawyers. The lawyers and the ASI submitted applications at Old Anarkali police station for registration of cases against each other.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 23rd, 2012.