In a powerful display of unity, lawyers in Peshawar have taken to the streets to protest skyrocketing electricity and gas bills, as well as the soaring cost of essential commodities, including petroleum products. Their message is clear: enough is enough. Tomorrow (Monday), the legal community in Peshawar will observe a strike to bring attention to these pressing issues.
The Peshawar Bar Association, in a general body meeting presided over by President Ishfaq Ahmad Khalil, joined forces with members of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and Peshawar High Court Bar Association. Together, they have announced a boycott of all courts in the province on September 4.
The lawyers didn’t stop there. They took their grievances to the streets, rallying from district courts to the Rehman Baba Chowk. Their demands are simple yet critical: withdraw inflated electricity and natural gas bills, and reduce petroleum prices. Lawyers have warned that if these issues aren’t addressed, their protest movement will spread across the province and beyond.
This united stand by lawyers reflects the frustration of a nation grappling with inflation. They argue that the burden of privilege should not fall on the common man, and oppressive policies must be reconsidered. The strike on September 4 is a call for justice and economic relief.