rawalpindi - The hearings of all cases have been postponed early in the morning by the judges of district courts amid security threat declared by law enforcement agencies, reliable sources disclosed to The Nation yesterday.

According to sources, the judges of all courts adjourned hearing in all the cases near 9:30am and provided new dates to the litigants and the contesting lawyers. They said that the judges took this step on requests of the LEAs officials as security officials had told them there was a security threat in the judicial complex.

“The District and Sessions Judge, following the instructions of LEAs, had asked all the additional district and session judges and magistrates to put off hearings in all cases and give the litigants new dates,” they said.

Soon after the move, a heavy contingent of police and Rangers carried out search operation in the Judicial Complex and enhanced patrolling in and around the complex that situated near the Army House.

However, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Civil Line Circle Farhan Aslam, when contacted, there was no security threats to the courts. He said that the police and Rangers were patrolling in routine. “We are receiving a large numbers of threats from different quarters. Some time for airport and many other sensitive installations. But there is no threat to judicial complex,” Farhan insisted.

District Bar Association (DBA) President Shaukat Rauf Siddiqi when contacted said that LEAs had approached bar and judges and informed them about the terror threats in the Judicial Complex. He said that the security had been put on red alert to avert any terror attack. The DBA president was of view that police had shown their concerns about large gatherings of litigants and lawyers in the court premises.

He noted that there was always unusual rush of people in courts on Saturday being last day of the week. “The bar has requested police to enhance the security in old and new Katcheris,” he said, adding that CPO and other high-ups visited the premises and viewed security measures.

Rauf said that bar representatives would hold meeting with the District Coordination Officer/Acting Commissioner Sajid Zafar Dall tomorrow (Monday) to discuss security issues being faced by the courts.