Pakistani lawyer tests positive, attends courtroom as his adjournment request was dismissed
Islamabad: A COVID-19 positive lawyer appeared in the courtroom at the Supreme Court while Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed was hearing a case recently, an event showing the casual attitude towards the disease in the country, media reports said.
Barrister Dr Adnan Khan revealed about his health condition during the hearing in the case.
"I am appearing in your court despite having corona," Barrister Dr Adnan Khan told the CJP as quoted by Geo News.
The incident triggered panic in the courtroom.
"Why did you come to the court? You are playing with others' lives," Justice Gulzar Ahmed told the lawyer.
In his defence, Barrister Adnan Khan said that he had submitted an application in a court asking for the adjournment of the case due to his ailment but his request was not entertained, reports Geo News.
"I decided to come to the court because an important case was being heard today concerning the lecturers of the Higher Education [Commission]," the lawyer, who was representing the lecturers in the case, was quoted as saying by Geo News.
The chief justice, however, did not seem to be convinced with the lawyer's explanation and told him to submit his arguments in writing.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan directed the Barrister to leave the courtroom.
Pakistan is witnessing rising cases of COVID-19 in recent times.
The country has registered 7841 COVID-19 cases.