LAHORE: Police on Monday fired tear gas and resorted to using water cannon on protesting lawyers who had gathered at the Lahore High Court (LHC) where contempt of court proceedings were underway against the president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association’s (LHCBA) Multan chapter.
According to reports, a large number of lawyers resorted to violence and protest after the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for LHCBA Multan president Sher Zaman Qureshi. The court also issued directions for the suspension of licences of Qureshi and Syed Qaiser Abbas Kazmi.
Qureshi along with some lawyers had allegedly misbehaved with Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan in Multan during court proceedings last month.
The lawyers hurled stones at law enforcement personnel, decimated an iron-grill gate inside the court and chanted slogans inside the court premises. Their attempt to storm the CJ block was thwarted as police used tear gas and water cannon to force them out of the court premises.
The lawyers then continued their protest at the Mall Road, which was subsequently blocked for traffic.
According to rescue sources, 10 people including seven lawyers sustained injuries during the clash. They were taken to Lahore’s Mayo Hospital.