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=> PESHAWAR: Frontier lawyers on Tuesday manhandled

PESHAWAR: Frontier lawyers on Tuesday manhandled Advocate Fawad Hussain Chaudhry, nephew of former Lahore High Court chief justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry, for appearing before the Peshawar High Court (PHC) election tribunal despite the local lawyers’ continuing boycott of the judges serving under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).

Dozens of lawyers were waiting outside the courtroom when Fawad Chaudhry was arguing the election petition of Gulistan Khan, a candidate from Tank district. After leaving the courtroom, Fawad was asked by the local lawyers to stop, but he started running away from the court premises. Around 100 lawyers chased Fawad and caught him near the Justice Kiyani Chowk.

The lawyers beat him up for attending the court despite the local lawyers’ boycott of the PCO judges. Later, Advocate Fawad Chaudhry apologised to the Frontier lawyers for appearing before those PHC judges, whom the local lawyers have been boycotting since November 3, 2007. The lawyers freed Fawad after he announced his support to the lawyer community’s movement and said he would not appear before the PCO judges anymore. A mobile phone also dropped from Fawad’s pocket and the local’ lawyers shouted at him time and again to pick up his mobile phone, but he did not return and left Peshawar.

“I have confirmed from the Lahore Bar Association that Fawad Hussain Chaudhry is a lawyer and the nephew of former LHC chief justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry,” Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) General Secretary Ishtiaq Ibrahim told Daily Times.

Advocate Fawad appeared before the PHC election tribunal, consisting of Justices Hamid Farooq Durrani and Mohammad Alam Khan, early on Tuesday. After arguing in the case, the Lahore-based lawyer requested the bench not to register his attendance in the case. The bench, however, turned down Fawad’s request and put his name on attendance register.

Source: Daily Times
Date:1/2/2008