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Lawyer's attack in Jaranwala: Judicial officers observe strike in solidarity with colleague.

LAHORE -- The judicial officers of the subordinate judiciary all over Punjab on Friday observed a strike and heard important cases only in their chambers to lodge protest against Jaranwala incident wherein a lawyer injured a civil judge by hitting him with a chair during court proceedings.

In Lahore, the judges abstained from routine judicial work and spent the whole day in their chambers where they took up cases of urgent nature only. The litigant public also suffered owing to the strike.

On Thursday, Advocate Imran Manj had attacked Civil Judge Khalid Mahmood with a wooden chair for not deciding a case in his favour. The judicial officer suffered injuries and was shifted to a hospital for treatment.

Police lodged a case against the lawyer under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Taking notice on a reference sent by the Tehsil Bar Association, the Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) suspended the practicing licence of Advocate Manj, issued him a show-cause notice and summoned him on May 4.

The manhandling of subordinate court judges at the hands of lawyers is rampant and most cases end up without effective punishment to the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, a Lahore High Court senior judge expressed concern over the Jaranwala incident and observed that a lack of good moral training of lawyers had been resulting into such incidents. Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi was heading a full bench on Friday when he made these remarks, adding that a handful of miscreant lawyers had been tarnishing the image of the justice system.

The judge maintained that no one would be allowed to hijack courts. He observed that the country would turn into a jungle if its judicial system collapsed.

Our Faisalabad correspondent adds: police claimed that raids were conducted to arrest Advocate Manj against whom a case was registered on the complaint of Muhammad Nawaz, reader of the court. Manj hit civil judge Khalid Mahmood with a chair for adjourning the case of his (lawyer's) father Anwar.

Panicked and shocked, the judges refused to perform their duties on Friday in solidarity with their colleague and urged police to arrest the suspect.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Apr 27, 2019
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