SIALKOT - The Pasrur Police have registered a case (No. 85/2013) under sections 147, 148, 224 and 225 PPC against 50 local lawyers for attacking the court of a local civil judge and ransacking furniture and other articles there during a vandalism and hooliganism in court here the other day.

On Wednesday, Civil Judge Pasrur Raja Zahid Hussain awarded three-year rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs25000 to a local lawyer Asad Qureshi in a six years old case (No. 111/2007) under section 489-F for giving a fake cheque of Rs0.8 million to village Kot Agha-Pasrur based landlord Karamat Ali. After the conviction by the court, the Pasrur Police arrested the accused lawyer.

Upon this, the lawyers started protesting against the conviction of a colleague in a bogus cheque case and a group of lawyers stormed a court in Pasrur and ransacked the furniture and other paraphernalia. The protesters also got the convicted lawyer freed from the police custody.

They let loose their indignation by beating up some policemen and ransacking the court property. The lawyers broke the nameplate of Judicial Magistrate Mujahid Sherdil. The police sealed the FIR of the case with no arrest.

Meanwhile, the Pasrur Bar Association held a meeting on Thursday. Pasrur Bar Association Vice President Muhammad Akhtar Dogar and General Secretary Ghulam Mustafa Bhatti jointly chaired the meeting.

They announced to continue strike and boycott of the local courts till the transfer of the Civil Judge Raja Zahid Hussain and Judicial Magistrate Mujahid Sher Dil. They justified their acts by telling journalists that the judge had settled a personal score with the accused.

On the other hand, the lawyers in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial, observed strike to express solidarity with the lawyers of Pasrur on Thursday. The lawyers boycotted courts and wore the black armbands, besides, unanimously passing several condemnation resolutions in this regard.

JOURNALISTS URGED TO FOLLOW MEDIA ETHICS: The experts have stressed on the local journalists to follow the media ethics while reporting sensitive issues and in a challenging environment, avoid gender stereotypes in reporting of sexual harassment of women at workplaces.

This was the crux of speeches made at three days training workshop organised by Intermedia Pakistan in collaboration with International Labour Organization (ILO).

Lala Hassan, Nighat Dad and Syeda Farah Azmi gave detailed presentations to local journalists on international labour standards and conventions for gender equality in the world of work here on Thursday.

Addressing the second day’s sessions, the experts told the participants that one of the three components of the training was building media capacity to promote themes of gender equality in the world of work, good working environments and conditions for working women.

The objective of the workshop was to improve the coverage of working women in media so that all stakeholders were better educated about empowerment of women in the country.

The participating journalists firmly believed on their journalistic capabilities and willingness to work on gender and labour related issues at local level as well as national level.