The Sindh Bar Council (SBC) on Wednesday announced that the legal fraternity would boycott legal proceedings at courts across the province to show solidarity with the parliament and denounce protests by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek in the federal capital.
While addressing a press conference, the SBC members alleged that the PTI and PAT were staging sit-ins and protests in Islamabad to derail democracy. "The legal fraternity is not in favour of derailing democracy," they said. "We want state institutions to function in accordance with the law."
The lawyers said that a procedure had been laid down in the Constitution for the ouster of the prime minister and dissolution of the assemblies and it must be followed. They added that certain politicians were conspiring against the democratic system in the country.
They denounced the protest in Islamabad and announced that they would boycott all legal proceedings to show solidarity with the constitutionally elected Parliament and provincial assemblies. As a part of their boycott the lawyers will hold a rally today on MA Jinnah Road.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2014.