RAWALPINDI - On the call of Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), the legal fraternity will observe complete strike today (Tuesday) against the approval of contempt of court bill from National Assembly.

A press conference will also be held by the representatives of LHCBA at 1:30pm whereas the general body session of District Bar Association (DBA) will meet at 10:30am to hammer out future line of action against the passing of the contempt of court bill 2012. A protest rally will also be taken out by the lawyers on the occasion. LHCBA President Sheikh Ahsan-ud-Din and DBA President Sajid Ilyas Bhatti expressed these views while talking to TheNation. LHCBA President Sheikh Ahsan termed the contempt of court bill 2012 passed by PPP-led government as black law. He said that the government aimed at usurping the independence of judiciary and to shield the corrupt politicians ruling over the country.

He said the government tried to provide immunity to all public office holders from contempt of court proceeding through this bill passed by NA. The LHCBA President said that he would challenge the amendment bill in the Supreme Court of Pakistan as the apex court and high courts have the authority to strike down all the laws which were against the Sharia and Constitution of Pakistan.

Sajid Ilyas Bhatti, president DBA, also leashed out at the government for getting approval of the Contempt of Court Bill 2012 from NA saying “The PPP-led government is trying to protect the corrupt politicians from the contempt of court proceedings”.

He said that approval of this bill would be a great danger for the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan. At a time when lawlessness and a situation of uncertainty was prevailing everywhere, it was the SCP which providing speedy justice to poor people, said DBA President adding that PPP government passed the bill from NA to tie the hands of SCP and to protect its corrupt leadership from the wrath of SCP. He said that DBA would oppose this move at every platform.

Sardar Asmat Ullah Advocate, who played a pivotal role during judiciary movement, also hit the PPP-led government very hard for this move saying: “PPP rulers were taking the revenge from SCP by amending the contempt of court laws as SCP disqualified former premier Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani in a contempt of court case”.

He said that the changes were being made in contempt of court laws by the ruling party to save guard “Raja Rental” and their others aides plundering the national kitty with both hands. He said that every body was equal in the eyes of law. He said that it was a conspiracy against the SCP. He said that those who making tall claims of democracy themselves involved in harming the democratic set up and Pakistan Army was closely observed all the drama. “The PPP led government’s such steps can invite martial law in the country,” he asserted.