No compromises on LHC bench


Express August 03, 2010

FAISALABAD: The general house of the district bar association held a meeting in which the bar chairman SM Iqbal decided to continue the lawyers strike until August 10, 2010.

Iqbal has given the government an August 10 deadline to establish a Lahore High Court (LHC) bench in the district.

The speakers at the event vowed that the lawyers and the public would not be duped by the authorities any longer. “If we don’t resort to aggressive tactics to render the Tehrik-e-Qayyam-e-Pakistan bench, we will not be able to demand the rights owed to us,” Punjab bar council member Khan Changez Ahmad Khan Kakar said that the lawyers would not hesitate to give any sacrifice.

Former bar chairman Chaundary Saleem Jahangir Chatha said “They better not be playing any political games, this bench is nothing but a lollipop to keep us quiet.” Punjab bar council member Mohammad Javed Awan said that the Punjab chief minister had signed the summary that will be viewed as the cabinet’s summary, adding that the governor must immediately send notification for the establishment of the new LHC Bench. Chaudhary Habibur Rahman said that the governor needed to follow the recommendations of the chief minister, citing clause 4 of Article 198 and Article 105 of the constitution. Advocate Aasma Nadeem said “the political temperament of our rulers does not leave margin for civility, therefore the public must adopt violent methods to gain the rights due them”.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 4th, 2010.

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