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Lahore Bar Association calls off protest

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LAHORE: The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) on Thursday called off their protest campaign and unlocked the entrance gate of the sessions court after acceptance of their demand as a notification about a new mechanism of allocation of cases in district courts was withdrawn.

District and sessions judge Habibullah Amir had issued a notification envisaging transfer of cases pending before civil courts at Aiwan-i-Adl to respective tehsils/sub-divisions the plaintiffs concerned belonged to.The LBA members were on protest since February 14; they had boycotted the courts’ proceedings and had also kept the entrance gates of the sessions court especially locked, denying access to litigant public and police personnel.

The other bar associations and councils also supported the protest of the LBA and demanded the withdrawal of the new system of allocation.

The issue settled amicably as on Thursday, a delegation comprising Pakistan Bar Council, Lahore High Court Bar Association and the LBA representatives held a meeting with Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti.

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The meeting turned out to be successful for the lawyers as the notification was withdrawn.The lawyers called off their protest and unlocked the sessions court’s gates and started attending lower courts proceedings.

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