Lawyers demand for LHC bench in Faisalabad, vandalise sessions court


FAISALABAD: Lawyers in Faisalabad vandalised a sessions court on Wednesday as they demanded that a bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) be established in the city.

According to reports, the agitated lawyers stormed the court premises and started damaging property, creating a ruckus. The lawyers damaged chairs and a police mobile in the court premises, claiming that formation of benches was their basic right.

Furthermore, they boycotting the day’s proceedings, closed the gates of the court and stopped petitioners from entering the court’s premises.

The lawyers also stormed into the office of Deputy Commissioner Sardar Saifullah Dogar and when they found out that he was not present, trouped to the committee room where Dogar was chairing a session, creating disturbances and disrupting the proceedings. As a result, the session had to be concluded forcibly.

A similar protest was carried out in Gujranwala, Sargodha and Toba Tek Singh  as well.

The lawyers are demanding for the establishment of an LHC bench in Faisalabad and Gujranwala to ensure speedy and cheaper justice to the residents of the cities.

Earlier, the lawyers marched towards the LHC chief justice’s courtroom and raised slogans for the establishment of LHC regional benches, despite being stopped by the police personnel. They warned to shut the district courts if their demand was not met.