LAHORE - Lawyers yesterday demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif resign immediately over terrorists’ attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park.

They strongly condemned the cowardly attack on innocent people and said National Action Plan should be enforced fully.

They put these demands during a rally taken out by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) from GPO to Punjab Assembly to condemn terrorism. Lahore High Court Bar Association, Lahore Bar Association and Tax Bar Association joined in.

Hundreds of lawyers were chanting slogans against the government, RAW and terrorists. They criticised federal and the provincial governments for their failure to stop terrorism.

Addressing the lawyers, SCBA President Syed Barrister Ali Zafar said that the lawyers took to the streets against the government for its failure.

Zafar said the PM should resign from his office if he cannot protect citizens. He urged the authorities concerned to enforce NAP and launch “Clean -sweep Operation” against terrorists.

SCBA Secretary Asad Manzoor Butt said Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park’s incident was the failure of security officials. He said police should arrest real culprits instead of innocent people like Yousaf.

LHCBA President Rana Zia Abdur Rehman said terrorists’ attack on women and children was a cowardly attack. However, he said, it was the failure of the security agencies and the governments. He said the Prime Minister’s speech was that of scared man. He said Nawaz Sharif was afraid of launching operation against the terrorists. Mr. Rehman stated that the PM and the CM should resign over this incident.

LHCBA Secretary said people should stand up against the failure of the governments. It was PML-N’s government which was backing terrorists, he alleged. He said the government should launch. The situation had worsened so much that the people now were being targeting in parks and hospitals, the lawyer said. SCBA former president ASMA Jahangir and PBC former vice-chairman Ramzan Chaudhary and People lawyers’ Form secretary Khurram Latif Khosa and others also spoke on the occasion.