Lawyers boycott courts to support democracy

August 20, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Legal fraternity of the city boycotted the work at Sindh High Court (SHC) and its subordinate courts in support of democracy and against sit-ins staged by Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in the capital city.

At the request of Pakistan Bar Council, Sindh Bar Council (SBC) and SHC Bar Association, SHC Chief Justice suspended the work at SHC. However the Judges were asked to take up urgent matters in their chambers.

A day earlier, Mehmoodul Hassan, member SBC announced that legal proceedings on Thursday will remain suspended in the province to express solidarity with the parliament and democratic system. Following the call, lawyers did not appear in court to pursue their cases.

Litigants who had come to attend the proceedings seemed perturbed as another day was lost in boycott and their cases were adjourned without hearing. Besides, strike added to the backlog of cases as more than 2000 thousand cases listed for the hearing daily which could not be taken up.

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