As judge Muhammad Bashir entered the courtroom today (Friday) for the hearing of Maryam Nawaz and Capt Safdar, a number of lawyers forced their way into the accountability court. The lawyers reportedly surrounded the judges’ bench claiming that they were manhandled by security forces outside the court and kept from entering the courtroom.
According to the lawyers, the law enforcers manhandled them even when they showed them orders of Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The court was interrupted by loud cries from the lawyers who were demanding quick action against the police and other security officials deployed in and around the Federal Judicial Complex.
Maryam and Safdar were present in the courtroom when the protesting lawyers barged into the courtroom and turned it into a fish market. When the lawyers did not calm down despite repeated calls from the judge to bring order in the courtroom, Justice Bashir went into his chamber and ordered the Inspector General of Police to conduct an inquiry into the incident and submit a report before the court.
In reaction, a prosecution team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which was reportedly attacked by lawyers affiliated with the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Friday morning outside an Islamabad-based accountability court, has submitted a report of the incident to the bureau headquarters.
But people have taken to Twitter to react to this incident which occurred in the morning. PAT Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri stated that the security of the accountability court should be handed to the army.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has accused the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of adopting destructive tactics against the judiciary to shun the accountability of the Sharif family.
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