Lawyers boycott courts over PTI, PAT demands

ISLAMABAD: The lawyers of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Thursday observed strike against in protest what they termed undemocratic and unconstitutional demands of the Paksitan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tahreek.The lawyers boycotted the court proceedings on the call of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and raised slogans of “lawyers do not support unconstitutional demands”. They also raised black flags during the protest against the sit-ins. Condemning PTI’s Chief Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience, the bar members urged him to take back the call, as it was against the interest of the country. Thousands of cases remained pending before the IHC due to the boycott of the proceedings.On the other hand, the people of the twin cities have started coming back to their normal routine, despite the ongoing sit-ins of Azadi and Inqilab marchers. The Azadi and Inqilab March started from the Independence Day and disrupted the daily routine of the people belonging from all walks of life, as they were unable to reach their offices or work places and concentrate on their work. The prolonged sit-ins of Azadi and Inqilab marchers in the capital, which continues till today (Friday), has badly affected the daily life of the students, patients, labourers, business community, and others, inflicting huge loss to them.Asim Raza, working at a private firm said, “I am back at work despite few hurdles on the roads and traffic jams as it is not affordable to avail weeks long holidays in private organisations.” “The Azadi and Inqilab March has only effected the common people who are already suffering due to the prevailing price hike situation, load shedding, and other issues,” he said. The business and academic activities have started in different areas of the twin cities, reviving the routine hustle and bustle of the cities while the educational institutions would open from the 25th. Shagufta Mahmood, a mother of three children said, “Both these marches have badly effected the academic routine of my children like all other students and ultimately they would not be able to cover their syllabus in time.” “The authorities concerned must arrange extra classes for the students to help them cover their syllabus so that they could get good grades in the final exams,” she added.Jawad, a musician said, “The sit-ins of the marchers in the capital has totally suspended the cultural and musical activities in the twin cities for the last two weeks and it is difficult for my family to run the household affairs without any other source of earning.” “Whenever there is a political rift in the country, the artists suffers the most as the musical and cultural activities are only arranged in normal situations,” he said. Saeeda Kiran, a government employee said, “It is difficult to concentrate on the work when uncertainty and the sense of insecurity prevails.” She added, “I hope that the situation would get normal soon and the issues would be settled.” 

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