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- Sunday, October 14, 2012 - From Print Edition




Legal fraternity of Rawalpindi Bar Association (RBA), High Court Bar Association (HCBA) Rawalpindi Bench and Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) here on Saturday completely boycotted the court proceedings against the heinous attack on Malala Yousafzai. Lawyers did not appear before the courts, causing the adjournment of the hearings in all cases. Lawyers throughout the Punjab province including Rawalpindi division observed complete strike on the call of Punjab Bar Council (PBC) against attack on Malala Yousafzai.


The protesting lawyers wore black armbands and demanded immediate action against terrorists, besides, pressing the government for protection of life and property of people. Bar councils passed resolutions against the attack in its general body meetings.


Punjab Bar Council (PBC) Vice Chairman Ghulam Abbas Niswana termed the attack on Malala as an attack on future of Pakistan . He said that legal fraternity was with parents of brave Malala Yousafzia in this time of trial. He also said that no religion and civilisation in the world allowed men to torture girl children socially, physically, mentally and economically. “All kinds of violence against girls have been regarded immoral throughout the world,” he said.


District Bar Association (DBA) President Sajid Ilyas Bhatti said that lawyers are observing strike to show their solidarity with brave Malala Yusufzai, the courageous girl who despite life threats from the Taliban continued pursuing her education and fought for the rights of female education, which the Taliban have declared un-Islamic.


Social activists of different non-governmental organisations, public and private educational institutions in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad Saturday also paid rich tributes to Malala Yousafzai.


The demonstrators strongly condemned the attack on the life of Ms Yousafzai. Girl students of different government and private schools carried placards inscribed with slogans in favour of education were also present on the occasion. They prayed for early recovery of Malala Yousafzai.