The lawyers of District Bar Association observed a complete strike in protest against “what they called” irresponsible and insulting behaviour of Hafizabad DPO Shakir Hussain Dawar, demanding immediate transfer of the district police head. The lawyers wore black armbands to give voice to their indignation against the attitude of the DPO.

In this connection, a meeting of the DBA general body was held at the Bar Room under the chairmanship of DBA President Syed Nasir Hussain Sherazi. He pointed out that it was the moral and professional duty of lawyers to provide legal aid to the accused or aggrieved persons but the DPO had accused the DBA General Secretary Amanullah Sandhu of supporting and providing legal aid to the so-called ‘qabza group’, which was tantamount to tarnish image of the lawyers community.

The meeting also approved unanimously a resolution, calling upon the Punjab IG Police and the Gujranwala RPO to order transfer of the DPO immediate. The meeting also decided to observe complete strike once in a week till transfer of the DPO.

Meanwhile, the Hafizabad DPO has appealed to the Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) President to remove Amanullah Sandhu from the office of General Secretary DBA and also cancel his license, as Mr Sandhu was misusing his office and was harassing and blackmailing the police department to achieve his vested interests.

According to a press release issued by the DPO office, Mr Sandhu was assisting and providing help to the land grabbers.