The wukla gardi in Lahore is condemnable
Lawyers in Lahore were engaged in a weird form of protest yesterday. Having been involved in a scuffle with doctors, a large group of lawyers in Lahore were involved in damage to property and straight up endangering lives of patients at a hospital.
The wukla gardi was at full display outside the Punjab Institute of Cardiology in Lahore yesterday after a case of personal enmity allegedly aggravated to such an extant
Even Punjab Information Minister Fayaz ul Hassan Chohan became the target of the angry protestors. It is being reported that this irresponsible conduct by the lawyers has led to the loss of many lives.
People on social media have rightly termed the mass demonstrations by lawyers in Lahore as ‘ wukla gardi’
Disgusted and appalled at the behaviour of these jaahil Lawyers in Lahore. Unfortunately they are representative of the majority of the Legal Fraternity. They must be disbarred and thrown in jail with maximum penalty so that no one dares to think of resorting to Wuklagardi! pic.twitter.com/GaH1p2Voeq
— Shaharyar Nashat (@ShaharyarNashat) December 11, 2019
It's the best chance to take suo moto action against these #lawyers to end #wuklagardi. I hope these 6 innocent patients will get justice because no one is mighty in front of our judiciary.#وکلا_گردی_بندکرو #PIC #picunderattack pic.twitter.com/DWNlVlh3qu
— Abdul Rehman Tiwana (@TiwanaTactics) December 11, 2019
So many people are demanding action over this wukla gardi, from the Punjab Government because hospitals are sacred places
Even in times of international armed conflicts, hospitals are spared.
During war no body has right to attack on hospitals 😡#lawyers #Lahore pic.twitter.com/ObDorI5MKo
— Asif Ghafoor Fan_🇵🇰 (@Shabila_69) December 11, 2019
Many famous names have come forward condemning the actions of lawyers, as well
Even in WAR you do NOT attack HOSPITALS!! These are the law makers, the providers of justice, the educated ones of our country.. scary scary to see. #Lahore #Lawyers
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) December 11, 2019
Then you say education can bring a change in Pakistan, it’s in our DNA to act destructive #lawyers , the most disturbing day in Human history, even enemies don’t attack on a hospital during war, how can educated ppl be so heartless ? #Lahore
— Waqar Zaka (@ZakaWaqar) December 11, 2019
What happened today in #Lahore was shameful. The lack of tolerance drives people towards violence and vandalism. This wasn't acceptable. PM Imran and CM Buzdar must take action against those responsible. #PICunderattack #Lawyers
— Dr. Shaista Lodhi (@IamShaistaLodhi) December 11, 2019
People are questioning if anything will be done to ensure that these so-called upholders of law will be dealt with according to law for disruption of law and order
They mentioned that this act by the lawyers shows that the so-called protectors of the law have tried to breach it and they should be reminded that they are not above the law.
Above the law? #Lahore #lawyers
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) December 11, 2019
Ashamed to call myself a lawyer today. What transpired today was absolutely disgusting and a clear mockery of any semblance of rule of law. High time lawyers in this country are reminded that are NOT above the law.
— Shanza Faiq (@Shanzaf) December 11, 2019
They labelled this act by the lawyers as a sheer disgrace to the profession
Armed lawyers entering a cardiology hospital w/ an aim to harass the medical staff & remove oxygen masks of patients fighting for their life are not just an utter disgrace to their profession but to humanity.
These acts are nothing less than terrorism@ImranKhanPTI @UsmanAKBuzdar
— Mehr Tarar (@MehrTarar) December 11, 2019
People all over social media are demanding a strict action to be taken against the lawyers and have mentioned that the culprits have their faces visible in the CCTV cameras and the videos
All these lawyers can easily be identified via cctv cameras installed by Safe City Project, while we see urgency in lodging FIRs against peaceful marchers, don’t see a reason why an urgent action can’t be taken against these lawyers turned hooligans. #wuklagardi pic.twitter.com/TV5K8t5Vr6
— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) December 11, 2019
PM @ImranKhanPTI and Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa should not spare the #lawyers this time if they ever believed in rule of law #Lahore It is the responsibility of the State now to protect the citizens from such #WukalaGardi and register cases
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) December 11, 2019
Nephew of PM Hassan Niazi burning police van during attack on PIC. Will there be an FIR filed against him @ShireenMazari1?#Lahore #Lawyers #PICunderattack #وکلا_گردی pic.twitter.com/vFZlZXpNHm
— Ali Yusufzai (@AliYusufzai5) December 11, 2019
Since he has deleted ⬇️ tweet after things went out of conrol, lawyer CAN'T be peaceful. Dont call him Nephew of PM, He himself is 'mast in his life'#Lawyers vandalism pic.twitter.com/2yEdzR2O7d
— Zen (@CoffeeeLad) December 11, 2019
PM nephew also with lawyer who attacked on PIC #Lahore #lawyers pic.twitter.com/a8BH72asNq
— Pakistan Muslim League Youth Wing (@y_pmln) December 11, 2019
They’re asking the government to cancel the license of all the lawyers involved in today’s incident
The license of all the lawyers involved in today's incident should be cancelled!!!! #CJPtakeSuoMotto pic.twitter.com/PdmbVfyqq4
— Namra Khalid Awan (@awan_namra) December 11, 2019
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has allegedly taken notice of the issue and an FIR has been registered for this wukla gardi
Lawyers Attack On PIC, CM Punjab Usman Buzdar Reacts – Listen What He Said ? https://t.co/nb9dkxDsG7 via @UNewsTv
— Bilal Afzal (@BilalAfzal21686) December 11, 2019
Violent protests like these always end up in the suffering of a common man. The power tussle between the doctors and lawyers has resulted in the death of many. While freedom of expression is an integral part of democracy, this right should be used wisely. Furthermore, it is the duty of the state to ensure that no one should be above the law and be dealt with strictly if they violate the same law as they claim to be upholding.
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