LAHORE – The lawyers’ community on Thursday, on the call of the Lahore Bar Association, Pakistan Bar Council and Punjab Bar Council, observed strike and boycotted the courts for the second day to show solidarity with the apex court and in protest against the election of Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as prime minister of the country.

On the call of bar associations, the majority of lawyers did not appear in the Lahore High Court and other courts because of which proceedings of many cases were adjourned.

The lawyers wore black armbands and hoisted black flags on district and sessions court buildings and bar offices, Aiwan-e-Adl, Model Town court, Cantt courts and showed their solidarity with Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and condemned the election of Raja Pervaiz Ashraf as the country’s premier.

“A declared accused by the apex court in rental power projects who now happens to be the premier of the country cannot be fate of the country,” former Young Lawyers Association President Dilshad Bhatti said.

He said that the lawyers’ fraternity would continue its unwavering support to the independent judiciary, which was fruit of countless sacrifices rendered by all segments of the society. Declaring parliament, judiciary and executive as sacred institutions and pillars of the state, Bhatti said: “To comply with the court orders was the primary obligation of the country’s chief executive; otherwise, the justice system would collapse”.

“The new prime minister should write a letter to the Swiss Court; otherwise, he should be ready to face the music,” Naseer Kamboh Advocate said. He added that a guilty prime minister could not run affairs of the state, adding that lawyers would foil any attempt to hatch conspiracies against the chief justice of Pakistan and the judiciary.