Clash of professionals and the bystander government.


The idea of state as a family was foundational to Rousseau's conception of state governance, in which the parents' were to act as the guardian of the family members. Stretching the interconnection of the family and the state, one has to consider the responsibility of the state when its members collide and clash with one another.

A flashpoint between two professional bodies which culminated in ravaging Pakistan Institute of Cardiology. One professional body act as the gateway to justice to litigants, whereas, the other ensures that the better health to the social workforce to add utility to the society. The former is central to the society for evaluating the boundaries of law so as to encompass events which represent the social necessity to cater for the boundless enterprise and energy to bolster social mobility. Thus, there is no cavil that any country could bear the opportunity cost of foregoing either one.

There were instances where the entire saga of events, pre-PIC and post-PIC could have been averted. There was no official representative of the provincial government to pacify the grievances of the lawyers before or as they marched on from Mall Road towards PIC. Without speculating the possibilities that ought to have happened, the ignorance of the Inspector General of Punjab Police, the obliviousness and the slumber state of the entire provincial establishment appears to have a stench of commission rather than an omission by allowing the blaze to reach the hospital. It is easy to displace the myth that, the provincial government was not aware or that it had not pre-empted the events which occurred as the police were found inside the hospital before the arrival of the lawyers, adorned with navy blue metallic shields held to their chests, thick helmets on their heads, riot shields, hoarded with tear gas equipment and of course 'lathis' as the cavalry lined in battle formations, prepared for a full rampage. Therefore, it becomes trite that the government of the day proactively made no efforts to prevent the ransacking of the hospital before the incident took place. Is it perhaps because lawyers' community has been collectively vociferous against any attempts by status quo to derail the independence of the judiciary? By tarnishing their reputation and labeling them as unprofessional, is there a sly attempt to shackle the hard fought independence of the judiciary in the future which is well guarded by the Honorable judges as well as the...

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