ISLAMABAD - On the call of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), black coats across the country on Wednesday boycotted courts against torture on lawyers outside the Supreme Court the other day.

The PBC and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) also demanded resignation of the Supreme Court registrar.

Addressing a joint press conference PBC Vice Chairman Syed Qalb-e-Abbas and President SCBA Kamran Murtaza strongly condemned the police torture on lawyers and held Chief Justice and registrar responsible for the situation. They also demanded immediate action against the registrar. They said, “We also condemn the use of indecent language used against the CJ and registrar by the lawyers but their patience has crossed limits”.

Kamran Murtaza said the situation arose due to the registrar as without his permission police could not enter the court premises. He said even he himself was not allowed to enter his office for four hours.

He said by 4 pm when the demands of lawyers who were peacefully demonstrating and agitating in front of Supreme Court building, Islamabad to press their demand for establishment of benches of the Lahore High Court at their respective divisional headquarters, went unheard they lost their patience and used improper language against the CJ and others . We also strongly condemn this act of lawyers. However CJP did not abide by his promise and lawyers reacted to it. He said, “We will soon summon a special meeting and devise future course of action”.

Speaking on the occasion, PBC Vice Chairman Qalb-e-Abbas said, “We will soon devise future strategy. We will not allow anyone to torture lawyers. We have repeatedly said that government should fulfill its promises which have not been materialised.” He said no practical step had been taken despite its approval.

He expressed complete solidarity with demonstrating advocates and demanded of the government for bringing culprits to book and taking severe action against them.

Meanwhile, the lawyers boycotted courts and did not plead the cases, leading to their adjournment by the judges at the Supreme Court, high courts, sessions courts, civil courts and all other district courts in the country. Litigants faced problems as they had to return home without progress in their cases.

SC seeks answers in missing person case

Karachi(Online): The Supreme Court, while hearing missing persons case, has sought answers from FIA officials today (Thursday) in connection with Dr Abdul Munaf missing case.

Three-member bench of the SC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry held hearings of disappearance of Dr Abdul Manaf case in Karachi Registry of Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The court questioned the Attorney General whether the problem of missing persons would be solved or not.

The Attorney General said that sensitive institutions told him that their friends were beheaded and slaughtered and if these people will be left then more personnel would be killed.

The CJ remarked that those who were released they all were set free due to judicial pressure, adding problem of Balochistan is quite different from other provinces.

The Attorney General informed the court that Khawaja Asif has been awarded Additional charge of Defence Minister.

The CJP lamented Frontier Corps over not cooperating in the case and adjourned the hearing till today (Thursday).