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Pressure tactics play role in lawyers-traders row

Pressure tactics play role in lawyers-traders row

SAHIWAL: A tussle among traders, lawyers and the district police took a dramatic turn when the District Bar Association (DBA) gave a strike call and lawyers fully boycotted court proceedings here on Thursday.

The DBA also passed resolutions condemning the extra-judicial killing of criminals by police during the last two months besides demanding withdrawal of cases against lawyers including Nazar Fatiyana and Rana Sajid.

On the other hand, Markazi Anjuman-i-Tajran (MAT) Chairman Ihsanul Haq Faridi demanded immediate arrest of lawyer Nazar Fatiyana and 31 others in a case registered against them on June 11 by the Ghala Mandi police.

Reports said a MAT delegation met DPO Muhammad Idrees Ahmed and demanded arrest of Nazar Fatiyana for thrashing a shopkeeper. DBA President Raja Javed said a resolution was also passed demanding registration of a case against shopkeeper Atif for insulting lawyer Nazar Fatiyana’s nephew over an issue of bike parking.

Mr Fatiyana told reporters that had he been given justice by police he would not have attacked the shopkeeper at his shop in Deepalpur Bazaar.

A trader had on his mobile phone captured the whole episode of an attack and thrashing of a shopkeeper by lawyer Nazar Fatiyana and his men while police registered the case against the lawyer after watching its video. Police had booked the lawyer and his men under PPC 506B, 427, 148 and 149.

DPO Muhammad Idrees told reporters the issue between traders and lawyers would be investigated without any discrimination. He said lawyers were trying to influence the investigation.

Rejecting the DBA’s allegation regarding extra-judicial killings, the DPO said all criminals were killed in encounters with the police. He claimed that six policemen had sustained injuries in these encounters.

Published in Dawn June 26th, 2015

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