LAHORE – Lawyers are observing a countrywide strike today (Tuesday) against the verdict of Lahore High Court (LHC) to arrest the president of Multan bench Sher Zaman Qureshi and secretary Qaisar Abbas over misconduct with the judges.
Lawyers from cities including Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other will stage protests and boycott the court proceedings in their respective cities.
In aftermath of the strike, strict security arrangements have been made in several cities. Police and Rangers personnel have been deployed inside and outside LHC premises.
Following the court orders to detain president Multan bar, police raided his residence and arrested five of his relatives including his brother as Qureshi was not found in the house.
It all started when a larger bench of LHC ordered arrest of president Multan bench Sher Zaman Qureshi and secretary Qaisar Abbas. Lawyers created a ruckus in reaction and even attempted to enter LHC Chief Justice’s chamber.
They not only broke the main entrance gate but also smashed the walk through gate which was set for security reasons, torturing a policeman on duty and blocking the road for traffic later on. However; Anti-Riot Force (ARF) forced them out of the court premises by using water cannons and tear gas.