Prisoner killed in Karachi jail clash

Sindh lawyers protest murder of senior colleague
Nasir Mahmood

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - Karachi—A prisoner was killed in a clash took place inside Karachi central jail on Monday. The victim was identified as Basharat Hussain, Deputy Director Malir Development Authority who was serving his sentence in the jail for last few months. Officials said Basharat had altercation with another prisoner, Muhammad Ahmed, who later attacked him with a dagger, killing him on the spot. Taking action on the incident, IG Jail suspended Assistant Supernatant Jail and two police constables, and ordered investigation into the murder.

Basharat Hussain was the Deputy Director of Malir Development Authority and was jailed over fraud charges in 2011. His case is currently in court for proceedings. While talking to media, Basharat’s brother Taqi Hussain alleged that his brother was tortured to death. He said the jail administration told him that the killer was epileptic and he committed the crime while going through the same condition.

On the other hand, legal fraternity on Monday observed Sindh-wide boycott of courts in protest against a senior colleague’s murder along with his son in Karachi. Unidentified assailants in the remits of the Malir City police station gunned down Salahuddin Haider, 70, and his 35-year-old son, Ali Raza, on Saturday when they were on their way to the courts in an auto-rickshaw. Responding to a call given by Sindh Bar Council, lawyers on Monday boycotted Civil, Session and High Court and called condemnation meetings of SBC’s General Body in Karachi, Hyderabad and other cities.

Lawyer leaders said the protest would go on until arrest of the culprits, demanding an end to what they called ‘targeted-killing’ of lawyers.

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