The police clashed with lawyers on Wednesday at Lahore’s GPO Chowk, as the black coats organised a protest rally and tried to enter the Lahore High Court (LHC).

The lawyers are protesting against the division of civil courts and terrorism cases against their colleagues.

Chief Minister of Punjab Maryam Nawaz said that she directed Inspector General (IG) Dr Usman to avoid using force against protesting lawyers.

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“Lawyers must also resolve their matters with LHC amicably. For the safety of the citizens of Lahore, confrontation should be avoided,” she said in a post on X.

However, Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) president Asad Butt said while talking to Dawn News that the lawyers will continue to protest until their demands are met.