Pakistan: Multan bench resumes work but lawyers continue strike

July 28, 2017

Although the Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice has restored the functioning of the Multan Bench and judges have resumed courts, lawyers, however, continued their strike and did not appear before them and subordinate courts in three divisions on Thursday.

The representatives of various bar associations of south Punjab also announced continuing their strike in a lawyers’ convention where the representatives of the LHC Bahawalpur Bench and the secretary-general of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) were also present.

“We’ve decided to continue strike till Justice Qasim Khan is banned from working at the Multan Bench, action against the LHC chief justice is taken, an independent high court is established for Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal and Multan divisions and contempt notices issued to the lawyers are withdrawn,” said Multan Bar Association secretary Syed Anees Mehdi.

The strike stemmed from an incident that took place on July 24 when Justice Qasim Khan left the courtroom after, what the LHC handout says, the lawyers obstructed judicial proceedings of his court and afterwards vandalised the court premises and ripped off the name plate of the judge.

Lawyers say the judge’s conduct with them was not appropriate.


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