Negotiation successful: Lawyers call off protests outside Supreme Court

Police baton-charged lawyers to prevent them from forcing entry into the courts.


Web Desk November 26, 2013
A view of the commotion outside the main entrance for Supreme Court. PHOTO: INP

ISLAMABAD: A protest staged by the District Bar Associations (DBAs) of five cities outside the Supreme  Court on Tuesday was called off early on Wednesday after successful negotiations, Express News reported.

The protest had turned violent after police launched a baton-charge on the lawyers for forcing entry into the apex court's building.

The sit-in, which began around 9:00am, was meant to press for the establishment of high court benches in five cities of Punjab, namely Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan.

Express News correspondent Muhammad Bilal reported that the police took to shelling and baton-charge after the protesters managed to break in.

They successfully drove the lawyers out of the building, but the commotion around the court's entrance gates carried on for some time.

The clashes reportedly injured at least 14 lawyers including the Islamabad Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Ali, besides the Deputy Superintendent of Police Sheikh Zubair.

The protesters pelted stones at the building which shattered several of the building's windows.

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gujranwala789 | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

The establishment of high court benches at divisional head quarters of gujranwala, faisalabad, sargodha and dera ghazi khan is the right of the people living in these divisions of punjab. Punjab has eight divisional head quarters and when 4 out of them namely lahore, multan, rawalpindi and bahawalpur have high court benches then the people from remaining four divisions are justified in their demand for the establishment of high court benches in their respective divisional head quarters. We should fully support the lawyers demand from these division´s and condemn their mistreatment by police.

gangly khan | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend Mandi Bahauddin: Ex-servicemen of Mandi Bahauddin have condemned police for baton charging and tear gas shelling on lawyers when they, empty handed were protesting against the apathy of the superior judiciary for not establishing high court benches at their divisions’ headquarters like the ones at Multan, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur. President Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society Mandi Bahauddin Chapter Major Sher Muhammad (Rtd) said judges and lawyers sitting at Lahore, Islamabad had probably forgotten sacrifices of lawyers belonging to far flung districts of the country during lawyers’ movement. Lawyers of district always complied with instructions issued by Pakistan and provincial bar councils but it was pity that these higher bodies had not assisted district bar associations in their movement for forming high court benches at division level. Ex-servicemen of Mandi Bahauddin show their solidarity and support with lawyers in their demand for the benches, and consider the lawyers demand is in the interest of litigant public inhabiting in far flung areas, he maintained. He demanded of government for registering case against those who injured lawyers during the protest. Sher gondal
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