KARACHI: Lawyers on Saturday boycotted lawsuits in municipal courts protesting a raid by Rangers on the home of senior lawyer Qadir Khan and “kidnapping” of his son, who was later shown arrested by police but acquitted by a court in a drug case.
The lawyers did not appear before the judges to plead their cases set for the day. Subsequently, a large number of cases were simply adjourned while the litigants faced many difficulties.
In a statement, the secretary general of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA), Naeem Memon, said the legal fraternity had not attended legal proceedings regarding the incident.
Lawyer Qadir Khan’s house was raided and his son, Asad Khan, was arrested by Rangers on January 6, he said.
Lawyer Khan has represented several members of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), including MP Ali Wazir, in criminal cases tried by the anti-terrorism courts in Karachi.
Later, the brigade police produced lawyer Khan’s son before Judicial Magistrate Wazir Memon for his pre-trial detention in a drug case.
The investigator claimed that approximately 24 grams of heroin had been recovered in his possession.
However, a number of lawyers reached court and opposed the IO’s request for dismissal, arguing he had been convicted in a bogus case.
After hearing the arguments of both parties, the magistrate discharged the suspect from the case under Article 63 (Discharge of the arrested person) of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
Dawn attempted to contact a Rangers spokesperson for her version but to no avail.
Posted in Dawn, January 9, 2022