Across country lawyers boycott courts proceedings against Mardan tragedy

PBC condemns attack on Mardan District Courts, demands compensation for martyrs

Islamabad—The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC ) on Saturday strongly condemn the attack on the Mardan District Courts and demanded immediate payment of compensation for the martyred and proper treatment of the injured.
The PBC termed attack an attempt to subjudicate the judiciary by adopting acts of terrorism.
A meeting of the Pakistan Bar Council was held here wherein at the request of Abdul Sattar Khan from KPK, 11 Members under the leadership of its Vice-Chairman i.e. Barrister Dr. Farogh Naseem requested the Bar Council to suspend its regular agenda in view of the terrorist attack on Lawyers at Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 02-09-2016, which has caused the death of four Lawyers, leaving 17 seriously injured.
The 11 Members reminded the Pakistan Bar Council that the House should not discriminate the Mardan incident viz-a-viz the Quetta incident since in the aftermath of the Quetta killing on August 08, the Pakistan Bar Council in its subsequent meeting on August 13 had suspended its normal agenda and unanimously only considered a special agenda with regard to the Quetta killing.
The move as aforesaid was not allowed to be carried by twelve Members of the Pakistan Bar Council including three Members from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa except Abdul Sattar Khan. As a mark of protest and expressing solidarity with the Lawyers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Vice-Chairman and 10 other Members of the Pakistan Bar Council boycotted the House.
Peshawar: Lawyers on Saturday observed strike across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the call of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council in protest against Mardan district court suicide blast that killed at least 14 people. At least 14 people were killed and more than 50 wounded on Friday morning after a suicide bomber attacked the district court in the city of Mardan, the latest assault targeting Pakistan’s legal community.
Today, markets and business centers were closed in the city to mourn the incident. Lawyers were present at the bar room where political leaders and prominent personalities were visiting them to express solidarity and offer fateha for the victims. A lawyer of the High Court Bar, Alliuddin also confirmed that the lawyers would observe strike on Monday (September 5) as well. Meanwhile, several injured persons have been discharged from Mardan Medical Complex after giving them medical treatment.
Lahore: The lawyers community here on Saturday boycotted court proceedings in protest against suicide attack in Mardan district courts.
The lawyers completely boycotted court proceedings in sessions courts, Aiwan-e-Adl, Model Town courts, Cantt courts, Banking courts and others. The Pakistan Bar Council and Punjab Bar Council had given the strike call.
Sargodha: The legal fraternity on Saturday observed a complete strike against terrorist attack on Mardan District Courts.
The District Bar Association strongly condemned the terrorist attack and lawyers held a protest demonstration in front of district courts. A condemnation meeting presided over by President DBA Khudad Kalyar was also held in which a large number of lawyers participated.
Hyderabad: The legal community boycotted proceedings of the district and session court and other subordinate courts here Saturday in reaction to the killings of lawyers in Mardan in a terrorist attack. The representatives of the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) and District Bar Association organized separately condolence meetings and wore black armbands. The SHCBA’s President Advocate Ayaz Tunio informed that the boycott would continue till Monday, September 5.
Meanwhile, Islamabad District Court Bar Association (IDCBA) has observed a full day strike on Saturday in protest against the suicide attack taken place in Mardan Kachehri premises. Syed Muhammad Tayab Advocate, the president of IDCBA told APP that no lawyer appeared before the court on Saturday to record protest against attack in Mardan.
He said this was a second terrorism incident occurred within one month, saying that security arrangements for lawyers community should be reviewed to avoid such incidents.—APP

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