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IHC Summons Officials Over Delay in Lawyers’ Complex Construction

Lawyers' Complex

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has taken a stern stance on the delay in the construction of the lawyers’ complex, summoning the additional finance secretary and Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials on January 10, 2024, in a contempt of court case related to the non-provision of funds.

Lawyers’ Complex Case

Lawyers' Complex

The lawyers’ complex has been a longstanding demand of the legal community. Since its establishment in 1960, the district judiciary has lacked a proper building, forcing lawyers to construct their chambers, often on encroached land.

Chief Justice Aamer Farooq of the IHC presided over the hearing in response to a request from the Islamabad Bar Association. The court demanded an explanation from the additional finance secretary regarding the delayed allocation of funds for the lawyers’ complex.

Law Secretary Raja Naeem Akbar informed the court that numerous letters had been written requesting funds, emphasizing that even a payment of Rs300 million from the Ministry of Finance would enable progress. He added, “The district bar is also asking for Rs30 million for the IT project.”

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Islamabad Bar Association President Qaiser Imam expressed gratitude for the cooperation of the law secretary and clarified their intention, stating, “We do not even want anyone to be sent to jail for contempt of court. We just want our work to be done.”

Chief Justice Farooq pledged to summon representatives from the Ministry of Finance and CDA in the next hearing to address the delays and funding issues.

During the proceedings, participants included Law Secretary Raja Naeem Akbar, Islamabad Bar Association President Qaiser Imam, Islamabad Bar Association Secretary Rai Naveed Bhatti, and Islamabad High Court Bar Association Secretary Rizwan Shabbir Kayani.

The court adjourned the hearing until January 10, 2024, anticipating the presence of concerned officials to address the persistent issues surrounding the lawyers’ complex.