ISLAMABAD In order to resolve the Bar-Bench dispute through negotiations, the Supreme Court on Monday constituted a three-member committee and ordered the judicial officers, who announced resignations, to resume their work. A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday hearing a suo moto of the untoward situation at the District Courts, Lahore, on 1st and 2nd of October, warned that the prevailing crisis may prove detrimental for the judiciary. Inspector General Punjab presented the report regarding police torture on the lawyers. The Chief Justice questioned as to why the police barged into the barrooms and library and thrashed the lawyers when the Section 144 was not imposed over there. He commented that the police wanted to conquer whom through gunfire; adding, Had the police not violated the esteem of barroom and library, the current crisis would not have emerged. About 1,200 judicial officers of Lahore District announced resignation and held strike against the lawyers agitating that they would continue to hold protest till the restoration of District and Sessions Judge Zawar Hussain Shah. The court asked the judicial officers to resume their duties. The Chief Justice said: Their duty is to administer justice and they are under discipline not to resort to such tactics like resigning or holding strike, as these acts are highly unbecoming. He added that it will give bad name to the institution. The committee would comprise former chief justice of Lahore High Court Mian Allah Nawaz, Vice-Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Senator Kazim Khan, and former president Supreme Court Bar Association Ali Ahmed Kurd. The committee will be free to call any member including senior lawyers, who, during the proceeding of the court, have volunteered to extend assistance for probing the clash between lawyers, police and the media persons in Lahore. The committee is required to complete its deliberation and submit the report on October 8. The court praising the media said: As far media is concerned they are discharging their duty honestly. Lawyers, judiciary and police were asked to pay respect to media, while the journalists were directed not to publish things out of proportion. The lawyers were asked to cooperate with the judges of the High Courts and of the district level as their job is to assist the court. Police authorities were urged to cooperate with the lawyers and not to resort to uncalled for and inhuman treatment with the lawyers. The differences between lawyers community and the judicial officers started in the 1st week of July when the Lahore High Court Bar Association passed a resolution against Zawar Hussain Sheikh, District and Sessions Judge, for his non-cooperative attitude towards the bar and the lawyers. The resolution demanded transfer of Justice Zawar. Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary, after seeing the reports of Justice Zawars transfer in media, referred the matter to Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif, who formed a committee to resolve the issue. The committee compiled its recommendations; despite that the district and sessions judge was not transferred. The result of the matter again cropped up and untoward incident took place between lawyers and the police on October 1 and 2. The recorded CDs of the two days incidents were played in the courtroom that showed merciless beating of the lawyers in the bar rooms, library, chambers and even in the toilets of the District Courts premises. It also showed the clash between the lawyers and the media persons and the maltreatment of the police constables by the lawyers. Attorney General Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq and Advocate General Punjab Khawaja Haris informed the court that on September 30, a group of lawyers of the Lahore High Court attacked the chamber of the Chief Justice of LHC and broke the windowpanes of the CJ office. The registrar of LHC, therefore, filed an FIR against the office-bearers of LHCBA and some lawyers. After seeing the CDs, the Chief Justice constituted a committee and asked it to submit its report by October 8. The court observed that due to the clash between lawyers and judicial officers the general litigants were badly suffering.