ISLAMABAD Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday has taken suo motu notice OF the raid on courts in Lahore, while Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has announced countrywide strike and appealed to the lawyer community to observe complete strike on Monday, October 4, 2010. The Supreme Court statement says that according to media reports, the police entered court premises, including bar rooms and library, and brutally beat the lawyers, injuring many, including females. The use of excessive force and resorting to high headedness and brutality clearly violate the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights i.e. right to life, liberty and dignity. Therefore, the matter has been registered under Article 184(3) of the Constitution and fixed in the court on Monday in Islamabad. The notices have been issued to Home Secretary Punjab, Commissioner and DCO Lahore, PPO Punjab, CPO Lahore, DIG Operations, and concerned Superintendents of Police, through PPO, to appear in person and explain the untoward incident. They are also required to explain their position and produce record, if any, as to whether any action has been initiated against police personnel responsible for using excessive force. Notices have also been issued to the Attorney General for Pakistan and Advocate General Punjab to assist the Court. The TV channels and media persons have been asked to provide CDs/DVDs of the footage of the incident, and were requested to play the CDs/DVDs in the court, if need be. Meanwhile, Muhammad Kazim Khan, Vice-Chairman, and Ch. Muhammad Nasrullah Warraich, Chairman Executive Committee of Pakistan Bar Council have strongly condemned the police excesses against the peaceful lawyers in Lahore. The teargas, baton-charge and torture of lawyers at the hands of police who were peacefully protesting against District and Sessions Judge Lahore Zawar Ahmed Shaikh and pressing for their demand of his transfer, is unforgivable. They have demanded immediate registration of criminal cases against all the responsible police officials and initiation of criminal proceedings against them. They have also severely criticised the imposition of Section 144 Cr.PC. within one-kilometre radius of the Lahore High Court and the Lahore Bar Association, and the of banning of all kinds of rallies and gatherings being absolutely illegal and mala fide on the part of the Government. The vice-chairman PBC and chairman Executive Committee PBC have announced country-wide strike and appealed to the lawyers community to observe complete strike on Monday by holding protest meetings, boycotting of courts and taking out processions in and outside their respective bar rooms.