Lawyers go on strike, PMA to observe 'Black Day.


ISLAMABAD -- As lawyers continued to boycott courts on the second day today, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) also announced it will observe a 'Black Day' against the attack on a Lahore cardiac hospital on Monday. Talking to the TV channel earlier today, Punjab Institute of Cardiology's (PIC) Executive Director, Dr Saqib Shafi,said the hospital had suffered losses to the tune of Rs70 million as a result of the lawyers' assault on Wednesday, "but we are trying to resume operations in the emergency department from today.

" Till now, more than 80 lawyers have been arrested in connection to the storming of the PIC in Lahore and for damaging public property. Punjab police have registered two cases against over 250 unidentified lawyers believed to be involved in the attack. According to details, the police filed a first information report (FIR) on the complaint of an official of the PIC and another one on behalf of a police official at the Shadman police station.

The cases have been registered under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code, including 322 (qatlbis-sabab), 452 (trespassing), 353 (assault to deter public servant from performing duty), 354 (assault on woman to outrage her modesty), 148 (rioting with deadly weapon), 395...

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