Lahore Bar Association (LBA) started a campaign on Sunday to raise funds for the construction of a hospital for lawyers.
Talking to The Express Tribune, LBA General Secretary Saleem Ladhi said that bar representatives had started the campaign to collect donations from lawyers. “In the second phase, lawyers will hold meetings with businessmen and request donations. The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some other organisations of businessmen have assured us of their support,” he said.
Ladhi said that an estimated Rs5 million was needed to build the out-patient department of the hospital.
He said that the LBA had already contacted some politicians and requested them to provide funds for the project.
“LBA representatives have met the chief minister, the law minister and Punjab governor to seek funds,” he said.
The LBA has been planning to build the hospital for several years. At one stage, then prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani had promised to bear the expenses. The lawyers had then decided to name the hospital after former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. However, the funds did not materialise.
The LBA later announced that the hospital would be called the Lawyers’ Hospital.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th,2014.