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Lawyers condemn PTI’s ‘hooliganism’ on LHC premises

LAHORE: The lawyers community on Wednesday strongly condemned the hooliganism by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers on the premises of the Lahore High Court (LHC) when party chairman Imran Khan arrived there to attend the proceedings of a petition against alleged rigging in the general elections.
Talking to APP, Khawaja Mahmood Ahmed, former central president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Lawyers Forum, said that such acts on the part of PTI workers were totally against the sanctity of the judiciary and tantamount to undermine its independence.
He said that the judiciary was free and impartial and that it was mandatory for every citizen, irrespective of his/her social status, to abide by the law and respect the institution of judiciary.
Khawaja Mahmood observed that it did not suit the top leader of a political party to attend court proceedings in such a manner shattering all the judicial norms.
He said that in the presence of their leader, the PTI supporters and workers desecrated the court and also ransacked the chamber of the chief justice.
He said that if the PTI had reservations over the general elections, Imran Khan should have approached the court in a decent manner and that he should also have refrained his party workers from desecrating the court.
PML-N Workers Organisation Chief Coordinator Advocate Saleem Sadiq also condemned the PTI’s behaviour on the LHC premises and called for initiating contempt of court proceedings against the responsible. 
He also called for lodging criminal cases against PTI workers for misbehaving with litigants, LHC security staff and management.
Advocate Sadiq said that Imran’s petition was related to a single bench and that on Imran Khan’s request, the chief justice also called him to his chamber but that Imran did not turn up till tea break.
He said that when the division bench started work after the break, Imran Khan approached it, insisting for taking up his case by setting aside the division bench’s cause list. It was, however, impossible for the bench to take up Imran’s case as all litigants were equal before the eye of law, he maintained.
Advocate Sadiq said that when the chief justice asked Imran Khan to wait for a while, the PTI workers got infuriated, resorted to hooliganism and ransacked the chief justice’s chamber. 

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