LAHORE -- A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday remarked that a violent attack on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) by lawyers showed that law of the jungle was prevailing in the country.
The bench criticized the lawyers involved in the violent attack on the biggest heart care health facility in Punjab. He said the bench consisting of Justice Ali Baqir Najafi and Justice Anwarul Haq made these remarks while hearing four petitions filed for the release of the arrested lawyers.
The bench observed that said their heads had bowed with shame over the disgraceful incident took place in the health facility.
Justice Anwarul Haq asked the lawyers' representatives, 'How dare you attack a hospital? He asked them to justify the actions committed by the rioting black coats. He asked the lawyers' representatives what measures would have been taken if the rioting lawyers had attacked the bar council instead of the hospital.
Representing the accused, Advocate Azam Nazir Tarar submitted that police did not have the authority to torture anyone. He further said that the lawyers were being treated as if they went to the PIC for fighting a war.
However, the counsel's remarks angered Justice Najafi who then affirms that they had surely gone to the PIC to fight a war. Advocate Tarar then said: 'We have condemned the incident on TV shows'.
Justice Najafi then said, 'You have no idea how we all are suffering after hearing about this incident.'
Justice Najafi observed that the bar council had black sheep in their ranks.
Saying, 'the law of the jungle does not civilize a society, and what you have committed is a culture of the jungle', Justice Najafi said the court will give a justifying verdict in the case.
On the lawyers' arrest, the court sought a report from the capital city police officer (CCPO) and ordered the police to implement the decision pertaining to medical examination of the accused lawyers. The court then adjourned the hearing till December 16.
The angry lawyers also went to the courtroom of Justice Syed Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi and demanded end to the judicial proceedings.
However, Justice Naqvi remarked, 'It is my responsibility to ensure...