Newly-elected Pakistan Bar Council Vice Chairman Azam Nazir Tarar declared that lawyers fraternity of the country will continue its struggle against the 21st amendment in the Constitution which had paved the way for the establishment of military courts for speedy trial of terrorists.

While talking to the newsmen, he said that lawyers of the country would hoist black flags on bar rooms and hold meetings and conferences on every Thursday throughout the country to voice their concern against the setting up of parallel judicial system in the presence of independent judiciary. He said that the PBC had decided not to resort to strike in the courts to facilitate litigants. However, the lawyers of the country would continue their endeavours for amendment in the 21st amendment for the protection of fundamental rights provided in the Constitution of Pakistan.

He said that lawyers of the country were fully behind the Pakistan Armed Forces in their struggle to quell terrorism and wanted that the country should be purged of the menace but regretted that the political parties had disappointed the nation by approving 21st amendment in what he called “hurry.”

He said that appropriate reforms should be made in the present laws to improve the judicial system so that no criminal could avoid punishment. He said that lawyers of the country were united on one platform and they would extend their full cooperation in the efforts of the government for election reforms for holding absolutely fair elections.

DRUGS, LIQUOR SEIZED: The Pindi Bhattain Police seized 105 bottles of foreign-brand liquor, 2280 grams of heroin and 1,270 grams of opium from four drug peddlers at two different places.

According to DSP Pindi Bhattian Tahir Gujjar, the city police intercepted a suspicious vehicle FDQ-7470 from near Motorway Interchange Pindi Bhattian and during search recovered 105 bottles of foreign brand liquor from the vehicle. The police also arrested Ghulam Ali and Sajjad Shah, resident of Chiniot. According the police, the accused had brought the liquor from Lahore for sale in Chiniot. The police have impounded the vehicle and registered a case against the accused.

The police have also raided ‘Qasaianwali Pulli’ on Jalalpur road and arrested Mehdi Hassan, son of Bashir Hussain of Sial Morr and Muhammad Ijaz, son of Muhammad Khan of Sargodha and recovered 2,280 grams of heroin and 1,270 grams of opium from them.