Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Mehmood Ahmed Bhatti said that rule of law is a must for national development, prosperity, peace and justice.

Addressing an oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected body of Daska Bar Association held at New Judicial Complex, he said that solid evidence, arguments and well-preparedness by the lawyers could help the courts announce early verdicts and the practice could also lessen the burden of the cases on the higher courts.

He said that it was the demand of the day to promote the good mutual working relationship between the bar and bench for providing early and easy justice for the litigants. The LHC judge asked the subordinate judiciary to provide early relief for the lawyers if needed in any case as it could help pave the way for smooth dispensing of justice. He asked to continue the tradition of excellence of respect for both the judiciary and the lawyers in the courts. Both the sides must ensure the dignity and respect of each other besides promoting good working relationship, he said.

Justice Bhatti urged the lawyers’ community to appear before the subordinate courts with full preparedness of cases for saving the precious time of the courts. He said that both the judiciary and the lawyers should play their pivotal role in ensuring smooth provision of justice and removing all the hurdles from its way.

He administrated oath to President Rana Khalid Abbas and Secretary General Awais Aslam Sandhu. District and Sessions Judge Shahid Rafiq, ADSJs, civil judges, members Punjab Bar Council (PBC), Jalil Qaisar Nagra, Fiaz Ahmed Warraich, Ghulam Abbas, Rana Ibrar Khan and Imtiaz Noor Malik, MPA Ch Mohsin Ashraf, former MPAs Sadaqat Ali, Bao Muhammad Rizwan, Yahiya Gull Nawaz, Sambrial Bar Association President Amjad Khan and Pasrur Bar Association President Salamat Bajwa were also present.

On the occasion, the president stressed a need for making sincere efforts to provide better working atmosphere in all the courts with a sole aim to dispense speedy justice.

GIRLS KIDNAPPED: Two young girls were forcibly kidnapped in separate incidents in Daska tehsil. In village Sangarwali-Satrah, Daska tehsil, local labourer Muhammad Akram’s young daughter Saadia was kidnapped at gunpoint from her house. In village Sattokey-Daska, some unknown accused forcibly kidnapped Farha near her house and fled away after bundling her into a car.

Likewise, a girl of Kolo Tarar, Hafizabad was abducted by a youth of the same locality. The police have registered a case against Shahzad on the report of Ghulam Abbas, father of the girl. According to Ghulam Abbas, his daughter Maria Bibi was alone in the house when the accused enticed her away.