Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmed Khan on Tuesday inaugurated the newly constructed building of District Bar Abbottabad and announced Rs. 5 million for the provision of all the necessary facilities in the premises for the lawyer community of the district. Presidents of Supreme Court and High Court Bar associations, president District Bar Association, Abbottabad and a large number of lawyers were present on the occasion.
Addressing the inaugural function the governor regretted that since the last decade the terrorists and anti-state elements had taken the country to the verge of destruction. He said the whole infrastructure was destroyed thus had given serious set back to the socio-economic condition of the country. He said the whole system was damaged and the tribal belt was converted into a den of crimes and deaths. He said not only the system was put on way to destruction but millions of tribesmen were forced to leave their homes and take refuge at the IDPs camps. He said those migrated tribesmen were also put to sever agonies while struggling for their survival.
He paid tributes to the Pak Army for launching successful operations against the terrorists and repulsed their war games. He said due to successful operations not only the terrorists were extirpated but also peace was restored which resulted in better socio-economic changes in the tribal areas. He said to smash network of the terrorists was a hard nut to crack but the Pak Army and other security forces succeeded in clearing hideouts of the terrorists.
The governor said services of the lawyer community in the democratic struggle were commendable. He said the lawyers had played a vital role in the restoration of democracy in the country. He said it was quite encouraging that the number of lawyers of the Abbottabad Bar had increased to 700 as compared to 17 at the time of its establishment in 1920. He urged the lawyer community to honestly work for strengthening the rule of law.
Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan called for unity among the political, legal and democratic forces as with this the enemy could not be allowed to succeed. He said the anti-state elements and enemy of Pakistan should note that the people supporting different ideologies would be united for the cause of the country and all the evil designs of the evil forces would be mixed into mud forever.
President of the Bar presented welcome address and expressed gratitude to the governor for supporting the lawyers. He identified certain problems and acknowledged the support of the governor in solving the problems of the lawyers. The DBA president also presented the Bar souvenir to the governor.
Earlier, the governor inaugurated the District Bar new premises by opening the plaque. He also formally opened the rooms for the lawyers by cutting the tape. He also planted araucaria saplings in the bar area. The governor was accorded warm welcome by the bar members.