Pakistan police clash with protesting lawyers in Lahore

Islamabad, Aug 21, IRNA – Police clashed with protesting lawyers in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Monday and fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse them.

The incident occurred when Lahore High Court issued arrest warrant of President of Lahore High Court Bar Association Sher Zaman Qureshi in a contempt of court case.

The accused lawyer along with some accomplices had misbehaved with Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan in Multan city during court proceedings last month.

Later, lawyers staged protest demonstrations against the court order and blocked the major roads of Lahore, in front of High Court. They were demanding withdrawal of court’s verdict against their fellow lawyers.

The lawyers' clash with law enforcement officials also disrupted business activities in the area.

The lawyer organizations have also announced a strike on Tuesday.

Police stopped using tear gas and water cannons after the lawyers gave assurances that they would continue their protest peacefully.

According to rescue sources, 10 people, including seven lawyers, sustained injuries during the clash.