In the country everything appears to be just happening. The Islamabad High Court was raided by angry lawyers whose final port of call it is. They ransacked the office of the Chief Justice, held him hostage and felt no compunction about it. They were enraged at the demolition of illegally constructed chambers of lawyers and blamed the court officials for the executive action though it appeared to have been cleverly planned.
What has emerged so far is that CJ Justice Minallah discussed the pending suo motu notice pertaining to encroachment on a football ground where the lawyers had built their chambers in 2013. Dozens of illegally-constructed offices of the lawyers were demolished and around 10 lawyers were taken into custody for putting up resistance against the drive. The district administration, Capital Development Authority as well as the local police launched an anti-encroachment operation in the surroundings.
The result was that some 400 lawyers gathered and then left for the court’s premises in a convoy of 100 cars, reaching the court without any hindrance and stormed it. The incident has given rise to a host of questions that needed answering but the glorious traditions of Pakistan will make sure that nothing comes out. TW