A case has been registered against 30 lawyers for allegedly torturing a policeman
Gujranwala police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) against 30 lawyers for allegedly torturing a policeman on duty outside the Wazirabad Sessions Court. An FIR has been registered against 10 known and 20 unknown lawyers in the complaint of the police official. It may be recalled that the incident took place outside the Wazirabad Sessions Court building yesterday when policeman Muhammad Anwar forbade a lawyer to park his vehicle in front of the barrier.
According to the FIR, the lawyer threatened the policeman with dire consequences and walked inside the building and returned a few moments later with about 30 other lawyers. The police official claimed that the lawyers who came to torture him included the general secretary of the Wazir Bar Association and other members. The FIR said that the lawyers started snatching weapons and torturing the policeman, abusing him and tearing his uniform. The police official told Dawn that he had repeatedly asked the general secretary of the bar association to stop the lawyer from parking the motorcycle in front of the barrier as it was making it difficult to get around and the lawyer had threatened serious consequences.
“No action was taken against the lawyers in the last incident and now it has become their habit to insult the police personnel,” he said. On the complaint of Mohammad Anwar, Wazirabad police registered a case against 10 known and 20 unknown lawyers under sections 382, 353, 186, 149 and 147 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Shoaib Dastgir also took notice of the incident and directed the authorities to register a case.
IG Punjab also sought a report of the incident from the authorities. City Police Officer (CPO) Rai Babar Saeed was not available for comment despite several attempts. The case is expected to be heard in Sessions Court on Monday. It may be recalled that in December last year, lawyers rioted at the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) in Lahore and vandalized inside and outside the hospital, killing three patients and injuring several others. The Prime Minister and the Chief Minister of Punjab had taken notice of the incident. Grand Health Alliance chairman Dr Salman Haseeb had said that four patients had lost their lives during the violent protest, but provincial health minister Yasmeen Rashid had confirmed the deaths of three patients during a press conference.