October 13, 2017
The judges of accountability court on Friday adjourned the hearing of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and hsi son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar after lawyers’ clash with security officers in judicial complex.
A scuffle erupted when security personnel barred lawyers and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders from entering the court after which the judges along with Justice Mohammad Bashir expressed resentment and left the court without hearing.
The spat also injured one lawyer who was immediately taken to the hospital for medical assistance.
Sources told that the court room has capacity of approximately 18 people while the lawyers were about 80.
On the other hand, NAB prosecution team has submitted report in headquarters, stating that the team was tried to be attacked as its head Sardar Mazhar Abbasi was pushed by the lawyers. The report further stated that the team member was tried to be removed from the dais.
August 31, 2017
Human Rights Tulip award has nominated Mirza Shahzad Akbar from Pakistan for his exceptional efforts to fight the extreme human rights abuses that Pakistani citizens are facing.
Mirza Shahzad is founder and director of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights. He is known to be the first lawyer on ground to protect civilian drone strike victims, which started in 2004 during President Pervaiz Musharraf’s era. He aimed to challenge the US covert drone strikes in non-combat zones.
Akbar also fights to end the practice of enforced disappearances, abolition of the death penalty in Pakistan, litigating cases of strategic significance with a view to saving lives and creating systemic change. He further spearheads the ground-breaking work of his foundation to abolish the death penalty for drug offences in Pakistan. Finally, Akbar is involved in other human-rights regarding public interest litigation including issues such as torture, gender and land rights.
The Human Rights Tulip is an award of the Dutch government, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for courageous human rights defenders who promote and support human rights in innovative ways. The prize is intended to help human right defenders to learn from each other.
August 27, 2017
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai said on Saturday that members of the legal fraternity were sacrificing their lives for the great cause of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary.
Addressing a ceremony of the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) that named its new bar room in the SHC after the martyred lawyers of Quetta, who lost their lives in a Civil Hospital bomb blast in August last year, he said all such hurdles could not stop the legal fraternity from fighting for the rule of law.
He said no bench could be strengthened without a strong bar and emphasised the need for a strong relationship between the bench and the bar.
SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh lauded the services and sacrifices of the legal fraternity for the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. He said special training courses of lawyers would be started along with judges and arrangements would be made for Quetta’s lawyers.
SHCBA President Shahab Sarki demanded of the federal and provincial governments to fulfil their promises to pay compensation to the families of the martyred lawyers.
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August 26, 2017
In an ongoing standoff between the bar and the bench, the enraged representatives of lawyers bodies have threatened to respond tit for tat if police again raid the houses of senior lawyers.
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The threat was made unequivocally by District Bar Association Multan President Yousuf Zubair while he was speaking to the enraged lawyer. He was speaking to the lawyers at the district bar before leaving for Lahore to attend All Pakistan Lawyers’ convention, which is going to be held on Saturday (today).
Zubair is leading the delegation of lawyers from the district bar Multan who left for the provincial city on Thursday. Thousands of lawyers from Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Bahawalpur divisions observed a complete strike and did not perform their duties to express solidarity with the Multan High Court Bar Association.
The lawyers continued their protest against cancellation of licence of Lahore High Court Bar Association Multan Chapter President Sher Zaman Qureshi and issuance of an arrest warrants as no attorney appeared before any court of law.
August 25, 2017
Lawyers boycotted proceedings of the Balochistan High Court and subordinate courts across the province on Thursday to show solidarity with Multan lawyers.
The lawyers in Multan have been protesting for the past few days against the issuance of arrest warrants for Multan Bar president Sher Zaman Qureshi.
The general secretary of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Nadir Chalgari, said that no lawyer appeared before any court in Balochistan on Thursday.
Mr Chalgari said that the issue should be resolved amicably through talks and both sides should show restraint.
He demanded that warrants issued against Mr Qureshi should be withdrawn immediately to normalise the situation.