Lahore High Court Bar Association (HCBA) Rawalpindi has recommended to the Pakistan Bar Council to give the judicial control of two districts, Gujrat and Mianwali, under the Rawalpindi bench.
The representatives of the LHCBA after meeting with the members of Punjab Bar Council on Monday issued a press release saying the two districts should be given under the command of Rawalpindi bench to facilitate the litigants and the lawyers.
“In 1981, when three benches of the LHC were established at Rawalpindi, Multan and Bahawalpur the two districts were given under the control of Rawalpindi bench,” said Advocate Malik Saeed Ahmed, general secretary HCBA.
Later in 1987, the districts were separated and given under the judicial command of the principal seat of LHC in Lahore. This was done after a petition was moved challenging the formation of the three benches.
The Lahore seat is overburdened, Multan bench has two divisions and Bahawalpur bench has a division of six districts. Whereas the Rawalpindi bench has Rawalpindi, Chakwal, Attock and Jhelum under its control, Malik Saeed said.
The executive body of the Mianwali District Bar Association has given their assent to the proposal and will pass a resolution after discussing the matter in their general body meeting, he added.
“It takes over five hours to reach Lahore from Mianwali, whereas the distance to Rawalpindi can be covered in three hours,” said the representative of the lawyers.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2011.
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