Black coats in twin cities to stage rallies today protesting Quetta killings

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IHC bar president telephones IGP, SSP to ensure lawyers’ security

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Bar associations of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are going to boycott courts and stage rallies today and tomorrow (Aug 9 and 10) against murder of the President Balochistan Bar Association Bilal Anwar Kasi and suicide attack on the Civil hospital Quetta killing over 90 persons majority of them the lawyers and civilians. Two TV journalists, a doctor and a number of security officials also lost their lives in the incident.
The news of the suicide blast at the Civil Hospital Quetta spread like fire here in Islamabad and the judges as well as the lawyers in the District, High and Supreme Courts rushed to the TV rooms to get an update of the loss. The magnitude of loss—over 90 lives and 170 injured—turned out to be much more than their fears.
Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Anwar Khan Kasi along with the judges, registrar and the staff of the high court condemned the suicide blast in Quetta and expressed his grief over the loss of precious lives. He shared with the families of the victims his deepest sympathies and hoped the law enforcement agencies would hunt down the perpetrators of the attack.
President of Islamabad High Court Bar Association Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri called an emergency meeting of the bar members and after consultation with the office bearers of other bar councils and associations it was announced that there would be no court work on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tariq Jahangiri President of the IHC Bar also called IG Islamabad Police Tariq Masood Yasin and SSP Sajid Kiani and demanded of them to enhance security of the Islamabad High Court building. The president of the bar has asked for deployment of extra police in and around the building at various points to prevent any security lapse. At the IHC building, walkthrough gates are not working properly and security arrangements are not satisfactory, he said. IGP and SSP assured the Bar president all measures would be taken to ensure security of the IHC. The SSP would personally visit the IHC and review security there.
Later, talking to Pakistan Observer Jahangiri said IHC bar association strongly condemns the brutal act of killing of innocent lawyers, journalists and citizens. It is the failure of to the government to control law and order situation in the country. He demanded of the authorities to give exemplary punishment to the perpetrators of the incident.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Christian Citizens Forum (PCCF) staged a protest rally outside the National Press Club condemning the suicide blast in Quetta. They expressed solidarity with the lawyers’ community and prayed for the victims of the gory attack. Of late, Balochistan has been experiencing incidents of terrorism and targeted killings, said Sheharyar Shamas Chairman of the forum. He called upon the federal and the provincial governments to unmask those behind these attacks. He also called for best medical facilities to the injured of the blast.

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