ISLAMABAD - Black coats Monday organised a protest rally and staged a sit-in in front of the Parliament House to press the government for ensuring their security in aftermath of terrorist attack on Islamabad district courts and compensation to the victims.

Heavy downpour could not dent the determination of lawyers, including females who also fully participated in the protest. Furious lawyers were chanting slogans against the government when Tariq Fazal Chaudhary, MNA of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), reached there and invited their leaders for talks.

The delegation comprising Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) President Mohsin Kayani, IHCBA General Secretary Sheeren Imran, Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) President Naseer Ahmad Kayani, and IBA General Secretary Naeem Gujjar held talks with Information Minister Pervez Rashid and MNA Tariq Fazal at the National Assembly. But, these talks failed to yield any positive result.

After the attack of terrorists on Islamabad district courts, lawyers had adopted a resolution unanimously demanding shifting of district courts from F-8 to Judicial Complex, G-10/1, and construction of 5,000 chambers for lawyers on the plot adjacent to the building of Islamabad High Court. Lawyers also demanded compensation to the attack victims, registration of FIR against Islamabad IGP, SSP (operations) and Margalla Police SHO. Talking to The Nation, IBA President Naseer Kayani told that talks between lawyers and the government failed because Pervez Rashid was not ready to accept their demands.  "The minister failed to assure us regarding the acceptance of our demands which resulted in failure of dialogue." He told that Rashid said that PM Nawaz Sharif would decide about increase in the compensation amount for victims after his return from abroad. "But lawyers remained firm on their stance that their demands should be accepted immediately," added Kayani.

Chaudhary Khalid advocate told that lawyers had decided to call off their sit-in at the moment due to heavy rain but they would continue their protest till their demands were fulfilled. “Keeping in view the prediction of rain for the next two days, we have decided to hold a general body meeting of both the bars on March 25 and lawyers would again stage sit-in on March 26,” he said. He said that government had accepted one of their demands and announced to deploy Rangers personnel from Tuesday (today) at the district courts.