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IHC Bar Secretary Umair Baloch forcibly expels lawyers from court

IHC Bar Secretary Umair Baloch forcibly expels lawyers from court
December 13, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Islamabad High Court (IHC) Bar Secretary Umair Baloch forcibly expelled lawyers from the court of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. It is pertinent to mention here that Baloch was reported to have been forcing lawyers not to appear before judges as the high court's bar association was observing a strike against alleged offences against the legal fraternity in Lahore a day earlier. The people wearing black coats have trampled the law under their feet. The chief justice directed Umair Baloch not to strike in his court but he did not give any attention. During enforcing the lawyers from appearing before the court, Umair Baloch replied to the chief justice, “When you launched the judicial rehabilitation movement, we made strikes on your request.” Umair Baloch also threatened the media after came out from the court. The IHC issued a show-cause notice to IHC Bar Association Secretary Umair Baloch for professional misconduct and contempt. The high court also suspended Baloch’s licence to practice before [IHC] until the next hearing, which will be held on December 19. Earlier in the day, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) sent arrested lawyers, who attacked at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) yesterday, on 15-days judicial remand. Police presented over arrested lawyers in the ATC amid tight security measures. A heavy contingent of police has also been deployed around the courtroom premises to prevent any untoward incident. The prosecutor pleaded court for 15 days physical remand of the lawyers but Judge Abdul Qayyum sent them on judicial remand; however, the lawyers had produced before court after covering their face. A forensic team reached the PIC for collecting evidence to present in the court. The Shadman police registered two cases against 21 nominated and 250 unknown lawyers on the charge of storming the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC). The case has been registered under sections 322, 440, 452, 353, 186, 354, 148, 149, 337H(2) and 395 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of Dr Zeeshan, Dr Irfan Niazi, Dr Muhammad Irfan and Dr Muhammad Habib.