Pakistan Observer

PBC announces strike over target killing of Rashid Rehman

Friday, May 09, 2014 - Islamabad—The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has strongly condemned the target killing of Human Rights Activist Advocate Rashid Rehman and announced country-wide strike on Friday.

Rashid Rehman was gunned down in Multan at his chamber on Wednesday when some unidentified armed persons attacked him. His clients and visitors sitting in his chambers were also seriously injured.

Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry termed the incident extremely painful and said that he has been punished for representing as a professional lawyer in a blasphemy case for which he was being threatened and warned of dire consequences.

The increasing trend of target killing of advocates by terrorists and extremist religious elements speaks of high degree of intolerance which is a cause of grave concern, he added.

He demanded of the government to arrest the culprits immediately and bring them to book for awarding exemplary punishment. It is ironical that advocates are being forced through violence to refrain from discharging their professional duties which amounts to deny legal and constitutional rights of the people to engage advocates of their own choice to defend them in the courts.

While expressing sympathy with the family members of the decease advocate and solidarity with the members of the Multan Bar Council, he assured that for evolving a future course of action against increasing target attacks on advocates, he would soon convene a meeting of representatives of all Bar Councils.

In view of gravity of the matter, he requested the lawyers to observe complete strike throughout country on Friday (May 09) and also announced to hold protest meetings in Bar Rooms of their respective Bar Associations to condemn the tragic incident.—APP

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