Judicial crisis deepens in Punjab over slapping issue

The judicial crisis has been further aggravated as strong protest continued by judges in all over the province.

The civil judges of Lahore and Airfwala have sought one-month leave over the incident of slapping of a civil judge by a lawyer in Faisalabad. The four Additional Session Judges and 10 Civil Judges have also tendered their resignation.

The strike by judges is being continued for the second consecutive day and the courts remained closed.

According to court’s sources, nearly 100 civil judges of Lahore have decided to go on leave in protest against the incident of slapping and wore black strips. All judges of Kasur also went on strike.

The pen-down strike by civil judges of Pakpattan and Tehsil Arifwala continued and the courts remained closed. The civil judges and their staff went on one month leave.

In Sialkot, the judges halted their routine work till noon while all judges of Pasroor also observed token strike for two hours.

Meanwhile, four Additional Session Judges and 10 civil judges of Deepalpur have sent their resignations to the District and Session Judge.

The judges who tendered their resignations including Chaudhary Nawaz, Haroon Lateef, Iram Ayaz and Chaudhary Anwar ul Haq.

The civil judges who tendered resignation including Abid Hussain Malik, Rana Muhammad Ashfaq, Usman Ali, Shahid Hameed, Qazi Waqar, Mukhtar Ahmed, Muhammad Afzal, Shahid Iqbal, Masroor Anwar and Shaukat Abbas.

According to court sources, the judges have called contingents of police in view of any expected reaction of lawyers’ fraternity.

The litigators meanwhile are facing severe problems due to strike of judges.

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