More than 9000 lawyers of all the five district courts, including the Judicial Complex, abstained from legal proceedings on Tuesday to protest the killing of their fellow peer in Lahore.
Strongly condemning the incident, the President Karachi Bar Association, Mehmood-ul-Hasan, talking to The News, said, “The Supreme Court Bar Association has given a call for boycotting of the courts proceedings across the country against the killing of Nasrullah Waraich, senior lawyer, also the former Executive Committee member of the Pakistan Bar council (PBC).
The Karachi Bar Association (KBA) and the Malir Bar endorsed the strike call and complete boycott was observed in all the five districts with lawyers staying away from courts proceedings, he said. “Our demand is that culprits should be immediately arrested”, he said, adding that the government must provide protection and security to the practising lawyers.
He deplored that law and order situation was on a continuous decline. He said a senior lawyer had been murdered and murderers were still at large.
The court premises wore a deserted look and the litigants’ families were seen going back home disappointed, without meeting their dear ones as they were brought from the Central Prison as well as Landhi jail but were kept in the courts lock-up without being producing in the courts. The new dates were given to them by the readers who were present in the court, while judges remained seated in their chambers
Thousand of cases piled up in the roster, causing a huge backlog, thus defying the orders incorporated in the National Judicial Policy, 2009, constituted by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, which demands early disposal of cases and clear-up of all the pending cases.
The families who came for far-flung areas to meet their inmates were saddened as now they would be able to meet their dear ones after one month’s period, if all goes well. An elderly lady, Zainab, whose son, the only bread earner has been implicated inn what she said in fake case was to be released on bail today, but could not be due to the strike.
Now the hearing has been adjourned by another month. She sarcastically asked the concerned authorities as to what she was being punished for. The chief Justice she said instead taking suo-moto notice on important matters must take notice of the poor people’s case who were being pushed to the wall every passing day.
Most of the cases were on judgment also adjourned for another month, which denies early dispensation of justice. Stamp vendors, oath commissioners and photostat operators also joined hands with the legal fraternity and shut their business in protest. The situation at Malir court was also similar with lawyers staying away from courts proceedings and enjoying having tea at the cafeteria.