The legal fraternity boycotted court proceedings on a second consecutive day on Wednesday against what they said was the illegal establishment of offices of NGOs in prisons.
The Karachi Bar Association ahs threatened to boycott legal proceedings unless the offices of NGOs are removed from jail premises within one week.
“The boycott is part of the protest lodged by the KBA on Tuesday and will continue till our demands our accepted”, KBA General Secretary confirmed this while talking to The News.
Work at the city courts remained suspended and the lawyers did not attend proceedings. The judges remained in their chambers as even under-trial prisoners were also not brought in from the Central Prison.
There was a complete shutdown and the offices of stamp vendors and oath-commissioners were also closed, while he court premises wore a deserted look.
On Tuesday, the two offices of NGOs situated within the courts premises were removed by lawyers, which was also intimated to District and Sessions Judge (South) Hasan Feroze.
The offices were removed after the orders were passed onto both President KBA Mohammed Aqil and General Secretary Haider Imam Rizvi by Justice Maqbool Baqar on the phone, the KBA general secretary said.
The KBA has also chalked out a plan to stage a protest inside the jail if the NGOs’ offices situated within its premises are not removed.
However, inside sources disclosed that pressures had been exerted both on the judiciary and bar members to give up their demands for the removal of the NGO offices at both the city courts and jail premises.
When this correspondent contacted the KBA general secretary, he denied any move on the part of the chief justice of the Sindh High Court to rescind the order regarding the removal of the NGOs’ offices from the jail premises, stating that some elements were trying to sabotage the situation.
The boycott also continued in the Malir courts and UTPs were not brought from Landhi Jail
A joint press conference of the Sindh High court Bar Association, the Sindh Bar Council, the Karachi Bar Association and the Malir Bar Association would be held on Friday at KBA offices, where the future line of action would be finalised, said Haider. (The News)