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IHC appoints three senior lawyers amicus curiae in bar strike case

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday appointed three senior lawyers as amicus curiae in a plea seeking restoration of “Bar Strike Case” earlier dismissed due to lawyers’ strike and sought written comments till next date.

Justice Babar Sattar of IHC heard the case filed regarding the above matter.

The court instructed the Vice Chairman Islamabad Bar Council (IBC) and President Islamabad High Court Bar Association to appear before the bench in person and give arguments in the matter.

The court said that the petitioner had previously stated that he couldn’t arrive court due to bar strike and strict security deployment but later he only gave arguments on security point.

The court asked the senior lawyer to clarify that whether the IBC had authority to give call for court boycott. Whether the IBC’s strike could be termed as ground for courts’ boycott under the law, the bench asked.

The court appointed three senior lawyers including Makhdoom Ali Khan, Suleman Akram Raja and Afnan Karim Kundi as amicus curiae and sought their written opinion in the case.

ATC grants post arrest bails to six lawyers: The anti terrorism courts (ATC) Friday granted post arrest bails to six accused lawyers involved in attacks on Islamabad High Court (IHC) and a session court during a violent protest.

The court, however, rejected the bail plea of secretary district bar association Liaqat Manzor Kambo and adjourned hearing on bail cases of five others in the same case.

ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjamand heard the bail petitions of lawyers arrested in session court attack case and accepted the bails of Sardar Khizar, Asif Irfan and Najam Abbas against surety bonds worth Rs50 thousands each.

However, the ATC Judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan granted bail to Muhammad Umer, Afshan Saeed and Shoaib Gujjar in IHC attack case against surety bonds worth Rs50 thousands each. The same court dismissed the bail case of Liaqat Manzor Kambo.

Meanwhile, the court also sought comments from police on post arrest bail pleas of five other lawyers including President IHCBA Raja Zahid Mehmood, Raja Khurram, Faisar Nawaz, Zafar Khokhar and Asadullah. The hearing was adjourned till March 8.

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