More than 20 stamp sellers of the district bar protested against lawyers on Sunday.
The protesters said that they were selling stamps in the district bar for the last 15 years and lawyers, who had only been practicing for six years, had taken over their quarters.
“We have all been kicked out of our rooms and they have been occupied by junior advocates,” said stamp seller Mohammad Iqbal. “One day we came to work to find we had been turned out and they had painted their names outside the doors,” he added. Advocate Shagufta Rehman said that more than the 50 lawyers were practicing in the court for the last seven years and they had no chambers. “These chambers were allotted to us and they needed to be vacated,” she said. Lawyer Zartaj Naeem said that the rooms had been allotted to the lawyers by the district bar.
“We have told the stamp sellers that they will be allotted rooms when a new building is build and for the present they can sit outside the chambers to sell their stamps,” he said. However, over 20 stamp sellers have given an application to the Bahawalpur commissioner Muhammod Mushtaq Ahmed to resolve the issue.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 14th, 2011.
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