ISLAMABAD - Like other parts of the country, legal fraternity of the federal capital also observed full day strike at lower courts as well as Islamabad High Court (IHC) to condemn police brutality on the workers of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) in Lahore.

The community boycotted court proceedings to condemn the tragedy in Lahore that claimed eight lives and left over 80 injured. Lawyers observed the strike on the call of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and demanded strict action against police delinquents.

Talking to The Nation, Khalid Chaudhary Advocate, media coordinator Islamabad Bar Association (IBA), said that their community fellows have demanded of the Punjab government that an amount of Rs 10 million should be given as compensation to the families of the people who lost their lives in the incident and Rs 3 million should be given to the injured people. He remarked that neither such incidents happen in a democratic set-up nor the same should be occurred. "Article 16 of the constitution of Pakistan permits every citizen of Pakistan to record his/her protest peacefully," added the coordinator.

Khalid said that proved presence of Gullo Butt showed that other workers of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) were also actively engaged in the incident and it indicated alleged involvement of Punjab government in the gory incident. He said that legal community has demanded of the provincial government to immediately release the arrested workers of PAT to give a goodwill gesture and pacify the situation.

Also, Rawalpindi lawyers stayed away from courts in protest against police atrocity against Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers and students of Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran in Model Town, Lahore.

The lawyers vehemently denounced the police action against PAT workers and students that led eight people to death. They demanded free and fair trial of Lahore carnage and early arrest of the culprits involved in bloodshed of the students.

According to details, District Bar Association (DBA) and Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench (LHCBA) observed complete boycott of court proceedings to protest. The lawyers condemned the barbaric torture on the students, women and old people and demanded fair and impartial trial of all those who committed this crime against humanity.

Malik Zaheer Arshad, DBA former secretary general, while talking to The Nation said that lawyers' community condemned the barbaric act of Punjab police against PAT workers. "We have not seen such barbaric torture during martial laws. Police cannot use live bullets without the orders of inspector general of police, interior minister or chief minister," he added.

He said that in case of any fuss or uncontrollable situation, police used tear gas, batons and rubber bullets to disperse the mob. "Here police fired bullets and killed innocent students which is highly condemnable," he mentioned.

Another senior lawyer Col (Retd) Inam-ur-Rahim said that the Lahore incident was very sensitive issue and the provincial government should deal it sensitively or else it might lead to serious consequences. He said that the government should not take the Lahore carnage easy. Only a free, fair and impartial enquiry by judicial commission could expose the black faces involved behind this bloodshed, he said, adding that the government should compensate the victims' families.