LAHORE – A delegation of 200 lawyers of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan will leave for India tomorrow (Wednesday) to interact with lawyers in Chandigarh and Delhi.

The delegation will cross Wagha border on Wednesday and travel to Chandigarh to attend a seminar at the Chandigarh Bar Association. On 23rd March a conference of lawyers from India and Pakistan will be inaugurated by Justice Altamas Kabir at Habitat Centre, Delhi, said a press release issued by the SCBA.

The topic of the conference is “Strengthening Administration of Justice and Upholding the Rule of Law.” Amongst the prominent lawyers who are visiting are the SCBA President Yasin Azad, former presidents Munir A Malik, Asma Jahangir, Ali Ahmed Kurd and former judge of the Balochistan High Court Tariq Mahmood.

Lawyers from across the country including present and former office holders of Bar Associations will be visiting India on a good will mission. They are expected to interact with the Indian legal fraternity in order to establish stronger links amongst the bar associations of both countries.

Lawyer’s licence suspended: Punjab Bar Council on Monday suspended practicing licence of Advocate Mohsin Nabeer for slapping a civil judge Azhar Ali Jafri in Faisalabad. The bar council’s vice chairman and chairman executive committee issued this order and directed the lawyer to appear before the disciplinary committee on March 22.

LHC seeks answers for discriminatory behaviour: The Lahore High Court on Monday sought a report from the Punjab Secretary Finance and Accountant General over a petition of 32 employees challenging the withdrawal of Computer Allowance from their monthly salaries.

Justice Muhamamad Khalid Mahmood Khan directed the respondents to file the report and para-wise comments with in two weeks.

Sofia Qaiser and 31 others computer operators working in the health reforms sector in Sargodha district submitted that the Punjab government had in 2007 recruited them in grade 15 and 12 for three years on contract basis. However, their services had been regularised in 2010 after the chief minister’s announcement to regularise the services of all government employees.

They contended that after the regularisation, the government stopped their monthly computer allowance of Rs1000 for BPS-15 and Rs750 for BPS-12 discriminately as the said allowance was being paid to the employees of other districts.

The computer operators requested the court to direct the government to restart the payment of computer allowance and prayed to nullify any notification which had been introduced for the withdrawal in Sargodha district.