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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

LAHORE: Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial of the Lahore High Court (LHC), on demand of lawyers’ organisations, released a grant of Rs 16.6 million for all bar associations of the province. A cheque of Rs 16.6 million will be handed over to Punjab Bar Council vice chairman. The vice chairman or any other authorised person will distribute the allocated amount for each bar association through its president or general secretary as per rules. All bar associations are required to ensure that financial grants are utilised for the purchase of law books only. After expenditure, intimation with support of vouchers of purchase shall be sent to the LHC.

20/06/12  Protest demonstrations in various areas of Punjab continued. Hundreds of protestors booked. 

Hundreds of residents took to the streets Wednesday on the third consecutive day of violent protests against widespread power cuts that have plagued the country during the hottest part of the year. 

After years of underinvestment and bad management in the energy sector, many residents receive only a few hours of electricity a day during the sweltering summer months. 

Many in the country s Punjab province, which is controlled by the opposition and has seen the most violent protests, feel their region shoulders an unfairly large portion of the rolling blackouts. 

A complete shutter-down strike was being observed across the Mianwali city while a protest rally was also carried out against prolonged power outages and unscheduled electricity load shedding. 

Heavy contingents of police were deployed outside banks, fuel stations and markets to protect public property from rioters. 

Special prayers were offered for a 14-year-old boy who was killed on Tuesday when guards of MNA Riaz Fatyana of the PML-Q opened fire on a mob attacking his house in Kamalia. 

In Khanewal, a complete shutter-down strike is being observed and lawyers have continued their strike to boycott court proceedings. 

On the other hand, police in Kamalia, Khanewal, Mianwala, Jalalpur Bhatian and other areas have registered cases against the violent protestors over damaging national assets, arson, vandalism and other violations


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