Attack on media: lawyers strike across country

ISLAMABAD: Lawyers observed countrywide strike on Monday against the attack on Parliament House, Prime Minister House and PTV in Islamabad by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) protestors and yesterday’s brutal police crackdown on women, children and journalists.
Lawyers in Karachi boycotted court proceedings against attack on state buildings by PTI and PAT protestors and the police torture that followed.  The judicial affairs remained at a standstill and those awaiting hearing of cases in the courts returned disgusted.
In response to a call of the Pakistan Bar Council and Supreme Court Bar Association, lawyers of Sindh Bar Council, Sindh High Court and Karachi Bar observed a complete strike. The strikes have resulted in absence of lawyers from court hearings in Sindh High Court, City Court, Malir Court and other lower courts. Thousands of cases have been postponed. President of Sindh High Court Bar Zaid K Jatoi said that the assault of police on journalists, women and children is highly condemnable. President of Karachi Bar Barrister Salahuddin has condemned both the attack on the Parliament House by PTI and PAT protestors and the police torture as an aftermath.  Meanwhile, following the appeal of Pakistan Bar Council, the lawyers have boycotted courts in Lahore resulting in the adjournment of 7000 pending cases. The lawyers did not attend case hearings in any of the courts. The lawyers said that the government should refrain from exercising authority and instead should solve the political impasse through a dialogue with protest leaders. Lawyers claimed that they would take to the streets if any unconstitutional or unlawful steps are taken in Islamabad. 

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