RAWALPINDI  – Lawyers’ community on Monday boycotted court proceedings in protest against the anti-Islam film that sparked worldwide violent protests, seeking immediate action against the people involved in hurting the sentiments of Ummah.

Lawyers stayed away from court proceeding at all level including the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi Bench, District Courts and other special courts on the boycott-call given by the Punjab Bar Council. The High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi, the District Bar Association and Tehsil Bar Associations held special meetings and condemned the blasphemous movie. The bar associations underlined the need to exhibit greater unity by the Muslim world and devise a counter-strategy to tackle the conspiracy being hatched against Islam.

Meanwhile, hundreds of protesters gathered at the Sixth Road and chanted slogans against the filmmakers and its motivators. The protest demonstration, arranged by the Jamia Rizvia Zia-ul-Uloom, turned into a rally when the protesters carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the elements involved in the film-making started march at the busiest Benazir Bhutto Road.

The rally started from the Sixth Road and culminated at the Rehmanabad Chowk, which suspended the traffic for almost one hour.