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Over 70 traders booked for clashing with lawyers in Pakpattan

PAKPATTAN: Police have registered an FIR of a clash between traders and lawyers over a parking dispute in Arifwala tehsil of Pakpattan district.

According to the police, more than 150 people have been booked under different provisions of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) with Section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act. The FIR was registered on the complaint of Advocate Riaz Hussain.

More than 77 traders and 70 unknown people have been named in the case.

Meanwhile, a complete strike is being observed at local courts across the district against yesterday’s incident which resulted in injuries to seven people.

The Pakpattan Bar Association had given a call for the strike following the dispute.

A clash had erupted between lawyers and shopkeepers in Arifwala over a parking dispute yesterday as the two sides used sticks, hurled stones and resorted to firing at each other.

The clash started after a lawyer was allegedly locked up inside a shop by shopkeepers for parking his bike outside their shop.

Upon being informed of the incident, a large number of members of the legal fraternity gathered on the spot. The situation took a turn for worse when the two sides engaged in a brawl, using sticks and hurling stones at each other.

Afterwards, a heavy contingent of police reached the site and lobbed tear gas shells on both the sides to disperse them.

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