Lawyers’ observe strike against PTI, PAT protests

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LAHORE: Lawyers with the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) are observing a strike today against the sit-ins held by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in Islamabad saying the campaigns were putting the parliamentary democratic system in peril. Lawyers from Sindh and Punjab are also scheduled to hold rallies and sit-ins in several areas of Lahore and Karachi against the protests by PTI and PAT.

The decision to hold a countrywide strike was taken at a joint meeting of the premier lawyers’ bodies — the PBC and the SCBA — who took exception to Imran Khan’s call for civil disobedience urging the PTI chief to recall it.

Wednesday’s meeting was attended by the PBC’s Vice Chairman, Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry, SCBA President Kamran Murtaza, rights activist Asma Jehangir, PBC executive committee chairman Ibrar Hassan, former SCBA chief Yasin Azad and others.

The meeting had urged the political parties to make all endeavours to resolve the political crisis without compromising the constitutional and legal norms.

Separately, the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) summoned an all Pakistan lawyers’ meeting on Thursday to decide on a strategic plan to resolve the political crisis which has come about as a result of protests by PAT and PTI in the capital.

The Lahore bar president Shafqat Mahmood Chohan will chair the meeting against the protest marches and sit-ins of both parties that has damaged the country’s economy badly. Presidents of bar associations across the country are expected to attend the meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 am in the morning at LHCBA’s Karachi Shuhada Hall.