ISLAMABAD - Legal community announced on Monday to stage a sit-in in front of the Parliament and Prime Minister House from Tuesday (today) until acceptance of their demands.

They have also vehemently declined to accept temporary shifting of district courts to any other place. The lawyers took these decisions in a joint general body meeting of Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) and District Bar Association (DBA) at Wajid Gilani Hall of the district bar. They adopted unanimously a resolution in which they demanded to shift district courts from F-8 to Judicial Complex, G-10/1.

“We would not accept any provisional shifting of the district courts, rather the government should announce to construct 5,000 chambers for lawyers on the plot adjacent to the building where currently Islamabad High Court is located,” said the resolution.

Lawyers also demanded compensation for the families of the deceased and the injured of the court attack incident. “The government should announce to give Rs 10 million and Rs 5 million to the families of deceased and the injured respectively,” they demanded.

Similarly, they also asked for registration of first information report (FIR) of the terror incident against inspector general of Islamabad police, SSP (Operations) and station house officer (SHO) Margalla police station.

Talking to The Nation, Chaudhary Khalid Advocate, media coordinator of bar, said that all lawyers would gather at Shohada Hall on Tuesday at 10:00am and march towards Parliament and Prime Minister House to stage a sit-in there. “The community will continue the protest till acceptance of their demands,” remarked Khalid. He added that transport facility would be provided to old and sick lawyers while the other participants would march by foot towards the Parliament House.

After the general body meeting, the lawyers also held a protest rally and marched on roads around the district courts. They were holding black flags in their hands to express solidarity with the victims of the attack. They raised slogans against the government and administration, and in favour of their demands.