LAHORE: The Lahore Excessive Court docket (LHC) has directed police to arrest and produce in court docket a legal professionals’ affiliation chief by September eight.
The order was given by a bigger bench headed by LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah on Tuesday which was listening to a contempt of court docket case towards Sher Zaman Qureshi, head of the bar affiliation of LHC Multan bench, and one other lawyer Qaiser Abbas Kazmi.
Throughout the listening to, Multan regional police officer submitted a progress report following the court docket’s Monday’s order to arrest and produce Qureshi in court docket right now.
The police official stated a number of raids have been carried out in Multan, Qureshi’s hometown, however he’s but to be traced. Following this, the court docket gave the police till September eight to make sure Qureshi’s presence in court docket.
Sources stated the police have arrested Qureshi’s brother and nephew in a bid to stress him to provide himself up.
In the meantime, legal professionals throughout the nation are observing a strike right now towards Monday’s ‘police brutality’ and to press the LHC to take again Qureshi’s arrest orders. Protests are below approach in Multan and different areas whereas a significant rally is deliberate by the Karachi Bar Council at MA Jinnah Highway round midday.
Clashes at LHC
On Monday, listening to the contempt of court docket case towards Qureshi for misbehaving with a choose final month, the LHC had ordered his arrest and cancellation of licence after he repeatedly ignore summons to look earlier than the court docket.
The chief justice had noticed in the course of the listening to that the sanctity of the court docket is supreme and there can be no compromise on it.
The court docket termed Qureshi’s conduct ‘most unbecoming and demeaning, that blatantly offends the status and honour of this court docket’.
Following the order, enraged legal professionals loyal to Qureshi tried to forcibly enter the courtroom, breaking the gate of a hall and chanted slogans towards the chief justice contained in the LHC constructing.
The police and Rangers cordoned off the doorway to the courtroom and a tussle between the 2 sides ensued.
Authorities used tear fuel and water cannon to disperse the protesting legal professionals whereas members of the authorized fraternity pelted stones on the LHC constructing and police personnel defending it.
The protesting legal professionals later moved to GPO Chowk and Mall Highway in protest, disrupting visitors on one of the essential arteries of the Punjab capital.
In Multan, legal professionals of the excessive court docket and decrease courts started protesting towards the incident in Lahore at Multan’s Kacheri Chowk as information acquired out.
The Multan metropolis police officer raided Qureshi’s workplace to arrest him however couldn’t discover him there. He then went to the district bar however Qureshi was nonetheless nowhere to be seen.
Sources stated Qureshi has gone off the grid and was final seen escaping the district bar on a bike — which was caught on digital camera.
On July 24, Qureshi and one other lawyer, together with just a few others, allegedly misbehaved with Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan and obstructed judicial proceedings of his court docket on the Multan bench of the LHC.
They’d additionally allegedly vandalised and ransacked the court docket premises and ripped off the nameplate of the choose.
Expressing displeasure over the legal professionals’ behaviour, the LHC chief justice had stopped the judges from working for the Multan bench. The incident additionally led to the boycott of courts of the area by legal professionals’ our bodies.
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