KARACHI: The legal fraternity continued on Thursday boycott of legal proceedings across the city to protest the kidnapping of the son of Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah.
Advocate Ovais Ali Shah was kidnapped on Tuesday afternoon from Clifton neighbourhood in Karachi.
The lawyers did not turn up to plead their cases at the SHC principal seat, the city courts, the district Malir courts or the other special courts and tribunals. They criticised the government as well as the law enforcement agencies for failing to recover the kidnapped lawyer after two days. They also expressed their concerns over the deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi.
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At the SHC, the boards of cases were discharged at the request of the members of the SHC Bar Association for the second consecutive day. However, the judges at the SHC and subordinate courts and tribunal sat in their chambers to entertain urgent cases.
Karachi Bar Association president Mehmoodul Hasan declared that the lawyers' community will continue its protest till the kidnapped son of the provincial chief justice is recovered.
On the other hand, members of the executive committee of the Sindh Bar Council held a press conference over the issue of kidnapping of CJ Shah's son. They called upon the government to make all out efforts to ensure the early recovery of Advocate Shah.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 23rd, 2016.
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