PIC attack: ATC sends arrested lawyers on judicial remand
LAHORE (92 News) – An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Thursday 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.
Lahore CCPO vows to take action against hooligans
Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Zulfiqar Hameed has said that action will be taken against the people involved in hooliganism at Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) as per law.
Talking to the media outside the PIC on Thursday, he said that some lawyers had worsened the situation due to the bar election. “The police have been deployed at all important places. It was inappropriate to use the power,” he said.
The Lahore CCPO said that the police had twice pushed the lawyers out of the PIC. “The case of the incident has been registered and arrests are being made. Action will be taken against the responsible people according to law,” he said.
He said that no one is above the law. “Negotiations were arranged between lawyers and doctors on Tuesday night. Doctors had agreed to apologize and the lawyers also agreed to resolve the matter,” he said.
CCPO Zulfiqar Hameed said that the police had handled the matter amicably. “The incident was not planned. The police continued to stop the lawyers. We could not take any step before the incident,” he added.
He said that footages have been obtained from all sources and the accused were being identified through the footages.
On the other hand, doctors and lawyers went on strike across the province over the PIC incident today.
Doctors are observing the strike in Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan and several other cities. On the other hand, the lawyers are also observing the strike against the arrest of their colleagues across the province.
The Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) and lawyers from Balochistan have also joined the strike.