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Yatim Khana incident: A complete shutter-down, wheel-jam strike across Pakistan

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Lahore, April 19): Lawyers, businessmen and religious scholars on Monday staged a nationwide shutter-down and wheel-jam strike in Lahore to protest Yatim Khana incident where authorities clashed with supporters of the banned Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), killing and injuring dozens of TLP workers.

Leaders of various religious and political parties, including Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman, demanded a full shutter-down strike against the incident.

The Central Association of Traders (Punjab) also announced its support for the strike call of religious scholars. Lawyers and business community in Layyah, Kot Addu, Vehari, Khanewal, Arifwala, Nawabshah, Faisalabad, Karachi and Lahore went on full strike.

Amir Nawaz Warraich, general secretary of the Karachi Bar Council (KBC), condemned the Yatim Khana incident where authorities used force against protesters. Karachi City Court also observed a complete strike against the Lahore incident and important cases could not be heard due to the strike.

 A meeting of the General Body of Lawyers has been convened in the lawyers’ courts. In Karachi, CNG stations and petrol pumps were also closed during the strike and there was a lack of traffic on Karachi’s roads.

 The Wazirabad Bar Council also went on strike against the Yatim Khana incident. The Wazirabad Bar Council said that no lawyer would appear in the court today and appealed to the government to resolve the issues through dialogue.

In Kharian, Bar Association Kharian also witnessed the complete strike call of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman. All the markets were closed and the business community has also closed the market. Kharian police have also been deployed at bus stops to avoid any untoward incident. In Hyderabad, Sindh’s second-largest city, traders went on a full-scale strike in support of a nationwide strike by religious scholars.

 The Silk Bazaar, Shahi Bazaar, Tower Market, Cloth Market, Latifabad, Qasimabad and Hussainabad, including the bazaars of Hyderabad, were completely closed while inter-city and public transport by transporters in Hyderabad remained closed. Proceedings in the High Court and lower courts were also suspended due to the Sindh Bar Council’s support for the strike.

The situation is no different in Gujranwala, where lawyers have called for a full-scale strike against the Lahore incident. Gujranwala Secretary Bar Ahmed Bilal Dehlon urged the authorities to find a peaceful solution to the issue through dialogue and said that no lawyer would appear in the courts today.

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