Four lawyers sent on judicial remand in IHC rioting case

By: News Desk      Published: 12:39 PM, 12 Feb, 2021
Four lawyers sent on judicial remand in IHC rioting case

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad on Friday sent four more lawyers arrested in connection with rioting at Islamabad High Court (IHC) premises and attempting to seize Chief Justice Block to judicial remand and sought complete record of the case from police in seven days, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The court also issued notice to police, seeking its reply in the petition filed by the lawyers, Muhammad Shoaib, Naveed Hayat Malik, Zafar Ali Warraich and Nazia Bibi, for their post-arrest bail.

The lawyers, in their bail petition, had said that they were honourable members of the Islamabad Bar, and they had committed no crime, and that they had been implicated in a false case.

They further argued that since neither anything had been recovered from them as yet nor they had a criminal past, and the case was filed against them on political grounds. “So we pray to the court to release us on bail until the court gives its verdict in the case,” they added.

Lawyers in Islamabad on Monday (February 8) had forcibly shut down district courts as well as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) as they went berserk over bulldozing of their chambers built on footpaths and parking areas by the capital administration.

The protesting lawyers also barred the entry of litigants in the IHC premises besides bringing traffic on the adjacent Service Road to a halt.

The situation became so tense that Deputy Commissioner (DC) Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat had to reach Islamabad High Court to monitor the situation.

The lawyers also shouted slogans against IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah restricting the latter to his chamber.