Pakistan

Lawyers demand Sharif to step down in seven days, warn of nationwide movement

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) – after clashing with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s lawyers – have threatened to launch a nationwide lawyers’ movement if Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif does not tender resignation within seven days, ARY News reported Saturday.

The bars are of opinion that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lacks moral mandate to continue his office as the premier in light of Panamagate verdict announced by Supreme Court on April 20.

In a joint notification, the lawyers bodies demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down as he could not vindicate himself from money trail and corruption charges during the entire hearing session at Supreme Court of Pakistan in which two of the judges while dissenting from others had noted that the premier was no more truthful and trustworthy.

Earlier today, a brawl was erupted between lawyers over holding a convention on Panamagate verdict when the lawyers affiliated to PML-N protested against the lawyers’ convention which sparked clashes between the two groups. On the occasion, an apparent division was noticed as some lawyers chanted slogans in favour of the premier while others raising anti-government slogans.

The protesting lawyers also broke the glass windows of the venue, chanting slogans against the convention. The Muslim League Lawyers wing allegedly locked up the Supreme Court Bar President Rasheed A Razvi along with others inside the library of the bar.

Talking to media after the incident, the Supreme Court bar president asserted that the lawyers’ convention will be held and the premier has to step down.

“They have repeated the incident of 1997 in the Supreme Court,” the prominent lawyer added.

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