Lawyers boycott courts to protest against blasphemous sketches

January 18, 2015 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Judicial working in the Sindh High Court came to halt on Monday as the legal fraternity boycotted the proceedings to protest against blasphemous sketches of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) published in a French magazine.

The SHC presented deserted look as the lawyers did not pursue the cases and stayed away from the courts. The litigants seemed perturbed as their cases listed for the hearing could not be taken up due to the boycott.

On request of Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA), Chief Justice Maqbool Baqar suspended the judicial work in SHC. However, some urgent matters were heard by the judges in their chambers.

Chairing a general body meeting of the association, SHCBA president Abid S Zuberi decried the publication of blasphemous caricatures. The association passed a resolution calling upon the United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) to stop publication of such caricatures as it was hurting the feelings of Muslims.

The resolution said the publication of blasphemous cartoons were deliberate act to incite violence, create disharmony and hurt religious sentiments of Muslims.

It wanted the federal government to raise this issue on international forums.

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