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PBC asks for NA opposition leader’s help

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council has sought the help of opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah for legal practitioners and bar councils act as well as for inadequate amount of compensation to hears of deceased persons of District Court incident Islamabad.
A delegation of the Pakistan Bar Council headed by Vice-Chairman, Mr. Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry along with (members Mohammad Ahsan Bhoon, Azam Nazeer Tarar  and advocate Supreme Court Malik Mushtaq Awan) called on Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Thursday and discussed the matters concerning Bar and the legal profession. 
The Members of the Delegation expressed thier grave concern on the failure of concerned agencies of the Government to arrest culprits of devastating terrorists attack in District Courts, Islamabad on 03-03-2014 as a result of which 12 persons including a learned Judge, 6 Advocates were killed and number of Advocates and other persons were seriously injured. 
They also deplored the indifferent attitude of the Government announcing absolutely inadequate quantum of amount of compensation i.e. Rs. 5 Lac to heirs of each of deceased person and Rs. 75000/- to each of the injured disregarding the constant demand of the Pakistan Bar Council for payment of compensation of Rs. One Crore to families of each of the deceased person and Rs. 15 Lacs to each injured person.
They also expressed their utter dissatisfaction on the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation in the Country specially in and around the Courts premises and deplored inaction of the Federal as well as the Provincial Governments in the matter of providing security to Judges, Lawyers and litigants in and around Court premises throughout the Country despite repeated demands of Bar Bodies.
The Members of the Delegation also sought indulgence of Leader of the Opposition in the matter of introducing a Bill in the National Assembly for bringing about amendments in the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973 being suggested by the Pakistan Bar Council in respect of electoral reforms in elections process of the Bar Councils. They also elicited his cooperation for using his good offices in persuading the Federal Government for allocating reasonable Funds (at least Rs. 25 Crors) in ensuing Federal Budget for Grant-in-Aid to the Pakistan Bar Council to which it is entitled under Section 57 of the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973.
The Leader of the Opposition shared views of members of the Delegation and assured that he will take up demands of the Pakistan Bar Council pertaining to above issues with the government and concerned ministers and would also raise the same at floor of the House ensuring that culprits of the most unfortunate incident of District Courts, Islamabad are immediately arrested. Also the payment of compensation is made to families of deceased persons as well as those injured in the incident as per demand of the Pakistan Bar Council, taking appropriate necessary steps for providing security to the Judges, Lawyers and litigants in and around Court, remittance of Grant-in-Aid to the Pakistan Bar Council and introducing a Bill in the National Assembly for effecting amendments in the Legal Practitioners & Bar Councils Act, 1973 as desired by the Pakistan Bar Co.

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