Islamabad: The lawyers’ fraternity on Tuesday protested outside the Parliament House and the Prime Minister House, demanding the government to permanently shift the district courts from F8 to Judicial Complex in G-10/1.
Islamabad District Bar Association President Naseer Ahmed Kayani said that the lawyers would protest in front of the Parliament House until the government agrees to meet their demands. The rally comprising of about 300 lawyers, political leaders, workers and representatives of the civil society reached D-Chowk, at around 11:30pm under the leadership of former and present leaders of the Islamabad Bar Association and District Bar Association.
The lawyers chanted slogans against the Islamabad administration and the capital police for not taking appropriate measures to ensure the security of the lawyers community in Islamabad. The leaders asked the participants of the rally to sit on the road when the rally reached outside the Parliament House. The protesting lawyers urged the government to construct 5,000 chambers for lawyers on the plot adjacent to the building where currently the Islamabad High Court is located and demanded immediate compensation to the families of the deceased and injured of F8 court incident.
The federal government, without any delay, must give Rs 15 million to the families of the deceased and the injured ones, they demanded.
They also asked for registration of a first information report (FIR) of the terror attack against Islamabad police IG, SSP operations and Margalla Police Station SHO, and insisted the federal government to suspend the officials concerned. Advocate and media coordinator of bar Chaudhry Khalid told the media personnel that they would continue to protest till the acceptance of their demands. He said that they would protest in front of the Parliament House for their main demand that is to shift the courts to the custom-built building in G10.
It must be mentioned here that in the wake of the terror attack on the district courts on March 3, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration had offered lawyers several alternatives in a meeting but even the most viable proposal which was shifting the courts to the building where the Capital Administration and Development Division’s (CADD) curriculum wing is set up, was rejected by the legal community. The building is located in Sector H8.
Other proposals included the shifting the courts to two government primary schools in F8/2, and F8/4, or to a building of the Immigration and Passports office located in Sector G8. Lawyers also rejected this offer and asked the administration to shift the courts to the custom-built complex in Sector G10. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) currently occupies the building. Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Mujahid Sherdil said that it is now up to the IHC chief justice to decide whether he agrees to the demands of the lawyers or not.
Police and commandos with anti-riot gear were deployed on both sides of the protest and the Constitution Avenue.
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