Lawyers demand resignation of Zahid Hamid

Say names of others involved in the matter also be made public 

Our Correspondent November 26, 2017
Say names of others involved in the matter also be made public. PHOTO: ONLINE

LAHORE: Representatives of the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) demanded strict action against people who were allegedly involved in making amendments to the Khatam-e-Nabuwat law.

More than 200 lawyers of the LBA took out a rally from Aiwan-e-Adl to Punjab Assembly on Saturday and chanted slogans against the government.

The rally was led by LBA President Chaudhary Tanveer and LBA Secretary Farhan Mustafa Chaudhary. The representatives of Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHBCA) in Punjab Bar Council and representatives of other bars did not take part in the rally. Some of the bar representatives may announce more strikes, convening lawyers meeting to devise a future strategy in protest against the government’s decision to use force against protesters in Islamabad.

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LBA Secretary Chaudhary claimed that they had already announced on Friday that the lawyers would go on a strike and take out a rally, demanding the resignation of Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid. When asked did the lawyers take out rally in support of the protesters in Islamabad? He replied, no, they had already announced a strike on Saturday.

They took out a rally and demanded the resignation of the federal law minister because of his role in the amendment to the Khatam-e-Nabuwat law. He added that they also demanded the names of others involved in this offence be also made public.

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Talking to The Express Tribune Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) Vice President Rashid Lodhi said they were calling a general house on Monday to make strategy what they should do in the future. However, he strongly condemned the government for using force against protesters in Islamabad. “We will take the opinion of the House whether they should announce strikes or not.” Executive Committee Punjab Bar Council Chairman Syed Azmat Ali Bukhari said that the government should not have used force against protesters in the capital city. He added that they would also announce a strike on Monday in protest against the government’s conduct to treat the protesters.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2017.


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