MANDI BAHAUDDIN-A function was held to mark the White Cane Safety Day and attended by people from all spheres of life including visually impaired persons, students, teachers and traders.

Addressing the function, Additional District Collector Afzaal Warriach said visually impaired persons are an integral part of society and they deserve support to become useful citizens. “It is our collective duty to give them due respect and they should be considered as special persons rather handicapped,” he said.

At close of the function, he distributed white canes to visually impaired persons. Thereafter, a walk was conducted to create awareness about the need for supporting and helping the visually impaired persons. District Social Welfare Officer Attif Warriach led the walk.

LAWYERS PROTEST AGAINST DBA CHIEF: Lawyers in Mandi Bahauddin protested against DBA President Nazir Salfi for calling off boycott of DSJ courts without consulting bar members.

They raised slogans against him and said he was no more their president. DBA Vice President and Secretary were among the protesters. Last Friday, there was lawyers’ strike to press demand for setting up LHC benches at division level and DSJ Rana Nisar Ahmed started recording statements of prosecution witnesses in absence of defense lawyer.

The president with another lawyer went to court and asked the judge to stop recording evidence. The judge did not accept their request and continued recording evidence and later acquitted the accused. The president considering himself insulted, called general meeting of DBA where resolution was passed against the DSJ condemning him for misbehaving with the president.

It was also resolved to boycott DSJ court till he apologies or transferred. In the meantime lawyers’ group leaders intervened and settled the dispute between the president and DSJ. The president again called the meeting and informed about the settlement and announced calling off DSJ court boycott. This raised ire of the lawyers. They said the president and group leaders have misused the bar to influence the judges for ulterior motive. They demanded holding of fresh meeting to decide the issue according to bar rules.