Lawyers’ protest outside Supreme Court turns violent

Islamabad:A ‘dharna’ staged by the District Bar Associations (DBAs) of five cities outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned violent after police launched a baton-charge on the lawyers for breaking into the apex court’s building.

The sit-in, which began around 9:00am, was meant to press for the establishment of high court benches in five cities of Punjab, namely Sargodha, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Sahiwal and Dera Ghazi Khan. Police took to shelling and baton-charge after the protesters managed to break in.

They successfully drove the lawyers out of the building but the commotion around the court’s entrance gates carried on for some time.

The clashes reportedly injured several lawyers including the Islamabad Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Ali, besides the Deputy Superintendent of Police Sheikh Zubair. The protesters pelted stones at the building which shattered several of the building’s windows.

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