Litigation in the court of public perception is as much significant as formal litigation in the court of law, says Barrister Shahzad Akbar

Published On: June 4, 2017

Barrister Shahzad akbar, a renowned legal expert and social activist, voicing against drone attacks says that litigation in the court of public perception is as much significant as formal litigation in the court of law. 

He was speaking at a seminar on litigating in the court of public perception under the auspices of the University Law College on June 2.

The event marked the moot global discourse regarding drone strikes. “Litigation in the court of public was one of the legal tactics and drone attacks were a clear example in which the public perception was made”, said the Barrister. Now, the world was taking this issue as a war crime, he added.

He stated that 200 innocent children among 1,500 civilians had so far been killed in over 100 drone attacks inside Pakistan. He said that he and his team had taken the issue of drone attacks into the court of public through media and after great struggle they had won the case against CIA.

He said that the drone victims played a vital role to build the public perception against the drone attacks. He quoted the example of the late lawyer MD Tahir, who highlighted the public issues through litigations. He advised the young lawyers to use these tactics for effective litigation.

Vice-Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmad said that litigation in the court of public perception was a novel and pragmatic idea to get speedy justice.