ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered
on Tuesday to demolish all illegal construction on the football ground
in Islamabad, ordering lawyers to immediately vacate the site.
A three-member bench presided by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice
Gulzar Ahmed heard the case related to the ransacking of Islamabad
High Court (IHC) during a protest over the demolition of the illegally
built chambers of the lawyers.
The CJP dismissed the LHC bar’s plea stating that the structure may
remain until an alternate arrangement is made. “How can we provide
legal standing to something illegal,” he asked.
Maintaining the earlier verdict by IHC, Justice Gulzar asked as to why
the illegal chambers should not be removed. “The lawyers have no
right to stay on the ground,” he maintained.
“Whoever wants to continue practicising as a lawyer may find another
place,” the top judge remarked.
The counsel for the court Shoaib Shaheen implored that there were
also many courts built at the place in question. At this, Justice Gulzar
ordered to remove those courts as well.
Last week, SC restrained the Islamabad administration from
demolishing the chambers at the capital’s district courts [katcheri] till
the next hearing on March 2 (today). On February 7, the Capital
Development Authority’s (CDA) enforcement team and police
demolished the illegal chambers and a day later, a group of lawyers
entered the IHC premises, angrily chanting slogans against the
judiciary and the CDA.
The mob later barged into the IHC’s Chief Justice Athar Minallah’s
office where he was present. Groups of lawyers also forced other
judges out of their courtrooms.