PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council has decided to release funds for lawyers in the head of relief after the outbreak of coronavirus.

Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the KP Bar Council headed by Shahid Riaz Barki Advocate. The meeting deliberated on the relief package for lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic and under the directions of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) decided to pay relief amount to all the district and tehsil bar associations through cross cheques according to the strength of these lawyers’ bodies.

The Executive Committee directed the office-holders of all the bar associations of KP to pay the amount to lawyers registered with them and 10 percent of the amount must be paid to clerks. A committee for distribution of relief cheques has already been set up which comprises members of the concerned bar councils, sessions judges, presidents of the High Court Bar and president of concerned bar. The committee was directed to carry out a detailed and thorough verification process and submit report with the Bar Council after completion of the process.

The Executive Committee directed the office-holders of the bar councils to receive cheques of relief funds by July 29.

TNN had published a special report few days ago in which it was revealed that the relief fund issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for lawyers due to coronavirus lockdown could not be distributed among the lawyers owing to internal differences within the lawyers’ bodies.

Coronavirus has affected every segment of the society and lawyers were also affected. The affected lawyers had approached the Peshawar High Court with an appeal to the government to release relief funds for the lawyers. The provincial government had then announced a package of Rs50 million for the lawyers affected due to coronavirus lockdown.

TNN had reported that the provincial government after completing all legal formalities had released the fund in June for the KP Bar Council, but its distribution was delayed owing to differences within lawyers’ community.

An office-holder of the Bar Council said the announced amount is meagre and if equally distributed, every lawyer will not get more than few thousand rupees.