Pakistan: Pakistani lawyers go on strike after dozens killed in attack

August 9, 2016

First responders and volunteers transport an injured man away from the scene of a bomb blast outside a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan August 8, 2016. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Pakistani lawyers staged a nationwide strike on Tuesday after dozens of colleagues were slain in a suicide bombing that killed at least 70 people at a hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta.

Medical staff said up to 60 of those slain in the bombing at a government hospital were lawyers who had gathered to mourn the assassination earlier on Monday of the president of the Baluchistan Bar Association, Bilal Anwar Kasi.

Islamic State was one of two Islamist militant groups to claim responsibility for the atrocity, although officials and analysts said they had doubts over whether the Middle East-based movement was behind the blast.

Supreme Court Bar President Ali Zafar called for the government to do more to protect lawyers.

“Lawyers are relatively more vocal against militancy and they are fighting cases against people accused of terrorism, so it would make sense that they are being targeted,” said Ali Malik, a Lahore-based lawyer.

“An attack on lawyers makes a mockery of the law enforcement agencies, it undermines the promises of the state against terrorists and breeds fear among vulnerable citizens.”

http://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-blast-idINKCN10J0HV

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Quetta attack: Pakistan mourns as lawyers begin boycott

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Quetta Blast: Lawyers observing mourning day, offer absentia funeral prayers

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/37165-pakistan-mourns-after-bombing-at-hospital-kills-at-least-74-including-dozens-of-lawyers

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-pakistan-blast-idUSKCN10K0SK

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