LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered police to produce Multan Bar Association president by September 8 in a contempt of court case.
LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah while hearing a case against bar’s President Sher Zaman Qureshi, who is still at large and another lawyer Qaiser Abbas Kazmi issued the order.
During the hearing, Multan regional police officer informed the court that raids are being conducted to arrest the suspects. Geo news reported that Qureshi’s brother and nephew have been taken into custody for putting pressure on him.
It is important to mention that the court on Monday directed the Multan police to arrest the suspects for allegedly misbehaving with Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan of Multan bench.
As the chief justice issued orders regarding arrest of Qureshi, a group of lawyers became enraged and broke a walk-through gate of the court.
The lawyers, after chanting slogans against LHC Chief Justice, blocked the special entry gate for judges and pelted stones at the building while refusing to accept LHC’s non-bailable arrest warrant for Qureshi.
What exacerbated the situation was lawyers attempts to storm the CJ block that was thwarted by police.
Sher Zaman Qureshi’s misbehavior with judge
On July 24, Qureshi and a group of lawyers allegedly misbehaved with Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan and obstructed judicial proceedings of his court at the Multan bench. They also vandalized and ransacked the court premises and removed the name plate of the judge.
Expressing displeasure over the lawyers’ behavior, the LHC chief justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah had taken a strong notice of the incident and had constituted a committee to probe the matter.