Lawyers in Peshawar go on Strike

PESHAWAR, 27 November: Litigants suffered badly as lawyers across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa observed strike and boycotted courts’ proceedings to show solidarity with their fellow lawyers in Mardan.

The members of Mardan district bar association are on strike for the last many days demanding construction of judicial complex on the site of old prison.

Litigants who have come from far flung areas to pursue their cases in different courts including the Peshawar High Court complained that their cases were not heard due to lawyers’ boycott.

A litigant, who had come from Lakki Marwat told TNN that he stayed overnight in Peshawar to ensure his availability for the hearing.

“When I came to the high court, I was told that the case couldn’t be heard due to lawyers’ strike. Now, my case is adjourned for another three months. I request the government to resolve the problems of the lawyers because their strike causes more problems for the general public,” Mohabat Khan, the litigant observed.

On the other hand, Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) president Arbab Usman said that they were aware of the problems of the litigants, however, there were some issues which could not be addressed without protest.

The PHCBA also held a general body meeting in the bar room of the Peshawar High Court. The lawyers threatened that if the provincial government did not accept the demand of constructing judicial complex in Mardan within seven days, they would extend their protest and come on roads.

Meanwhile, the district government Mardan has announced to convene a high level meeting to discuss whether to construct judicial complex or a recreational park on the land of the old prison.

The acting District Nazim Asad Ali Kashmiri said in a statement that both the civil society and the lawyers’ fraternity have set up protest camps in favor of their demands for the last one week, the former are demanding family park while the later are demanding construction of judicial complex.