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Lawyers boycott today.

Byline: Muhammad Aziz-ur-Rehman

HAFIZABAD -- District Bar Association (DBA) Hafizabad has strongly condemned the irresponsible and derogatory act of District Police Officer (DPO) Hafizabad Shakir Hussain Dawar towards the lawyers community and have decided to boycott the courts on Tuesday.

In a press conference at the Press Club Hafizabad on Monday, Syed Nasir Hussain Sherazi, President DBA and other office bearers as well as members of the Executive Council have called upon the Chief Minister and Inspector General of Police Punjab to transfer him immediately and order his mental examination as well as an impartial inquiry against his conduct.

The DBA threatened that if the DPO was not transferred immediately, lawyers of DBA would be constrained to courts with resorting to strike throughout the district for infinite time.

The President regretted that the DPO had included the name of Amanullah Sandhu, General Secretary of DBA, in the list of so-called qabza group and also accused him for providing legal aid to the members of so-called qabza group, which was tantamount to tarnish the image of lawyers community.

Syed Nasir Hussain said that the DPO was unnecessarily creating confrontation among lawyers, judiciary and the general public. He particularly referred to corruption at the city police station as a result of which street crimes in the city has been increased.

Amanullah Sandhu General Secretary of the DBA said that DPO had personal grudges with him because he had recently got registered a case against the city police station SHO on the orders of Sessions Court. He added that he belonged to a respectable family and had been elected as Vice President and General Secretary of DBA twice and no case had ever been registered against him. He further said that he was also President of Tehreek-e-Insaf Hafizabad district but the DPO was inflicting mental torture and tarnishing his professional duties by casting aspersion on him. He said that he had served legal notice to the DPO to pay him Rs. 20 million for damaging his professional reputation within a week otherwise he would file a defamation case in the court. He also declared that he would also pursue the court for registration of criminal case against the DPO Hafizabad for making baseless and concocted allegation against him.

Meanwhile, local citizens particularly traders have expressed their resentments against the apathetic and lethargic attitude of the city police for not tracing the dacoits who, allegedly, had not only snatched away cash and prize bonds worth Rs. 5 million but also injured Sheikh Irfan Shabbir in the busiest locality of Hafizabad on Saturday night.

The locals have called upon the higher officers to ensure early arrest of the accused to provide sense of security to the citizens. Condition of Sheikh Irfan Shabbir is said to be critical in the Lahore Hospital.

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Publication:Frontier Post (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Apr 21, 2015
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