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Lawyer tries to set himself on fire in Lahore
By Tariq Butt August 26, 2018
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ISLAMABAD: A lawyer in Lahore attempted to set himself on fire on Saturday after he was refused a district prosecutor’s job even though, he claimed, he was “qualified for the post on merit.”

Mohammad Bilal, who hails from Multan, poured petrol on himself outside the Lahore registry of the Supreme Court, but was stopped and taken into custody by police personnel before he could light the fire.

The lawyer was then quickly bundled into a police van and taken to the old Anarkali Police Station.

Bilal, who had turned up outside the top court with a letter addressed to Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, claimed that he was not recommended for the position of district prosecutor even though he had cleared the examination through the Punjab Public Service Commission and the following interview as well.

“I have been going from pillar to post to get justice,” he said. “I urge the chief justice to grant me justice.”

Under the law, self-immolation is a serious crime. The chief justice may take suo motu notice of the incident and come to Bilal’s rescue as he has been intervening in such matters in the past.

Recently, he got a blind man inducted as the judge in the subordinate judiciary. Muhammad Saleem had complained that although he cleared the requisite examination with distinction, he was denied the post merely because of being visually impaired.

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