Complete strike across Pakistan to denounce Yatim Khana incident
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Lawyers, traders and religious scholars are observing complete wheel-jam and shutter-down strikes across the country to protest against Lahore's Yatim Khana incident where authorities clashed with the supporters of a banned outfit, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Leaders of various religio-political outfits including Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and JUI-F Maualana Fazl-ur-Rehman called for a complete shutter down strike against the incident.
Central Anjuman-e-Tajran (Punjab) also announced its support for a strike call of religious scholars. Lawyers and traders fraternity are observing complete strike in Layyah, Kot Addu, Vehari, Khanewal, Arifwala, Nawabshah, Faisalabad, Karachi and Lahore.
Karachi Bar Council (KBC) General Secretary Amir Nawaz Warraich condemned the Yatim Khana incident where authorities used force against the protesters. Karachi City Court also observed a complete strike against the Lahore incident and important cases could not be heard due to the strike. A meeting of the general body of lawyers has been convened in lawyer’s courts, the TV channel reported.
In Karachi, the CNG stations and petrol pumps are also observing strike and there was scarce traffic on the Karachi roads.
The Wazirabad Bar Council also went on strike against the Yatim Khana incident. The Wazirabad Bar Council said that no lawyer will appear in court today and urged the government should resolve issues through negotiations.
In Kharian, Bar Association of Kharian also observed the complete strike call by the Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman. All markets are closed and the business community has also closed the market. Kharian Police have also been deployed at bus stops to avoid any untoward incident.
In Hyderabad, the second largest city of Sindh, traders are observing full strike in support of a nationwide strike by religious scholars. Hyderabad markets including Silk Bazaar, Shahi Bazaar, Tower Market, Cloth Market, Latifabad, Qasimabad and Hussainabad are completely closed.
While inter-city and public transport will remain closed by transporters in Hyderabad. Also, proceedings in High Court and lower courts suspended due to strike support of Sindh Bar Council.
The situation is not different in Gujranwala, where lawyers have called a complete strike against Lahore’s Yatim Khana incident.
Gujranwala Secretary Bar Ahmed Bilal Dahlon urged authorities to find a peaceful solution to the issue through dialogue and maintained that no lawyer will appear in courts today.