Pakistan: Injured lawyer narrates events ahead of Quetta hospital attack

August 16, 2016

On Aug 8, Advocate Aminullah Kakar was at the High Court in Quetta around 9am when he got to know about the fatal attack on Balochistan Bar Association’s President Bilal Anwar Kasi. He was among the first group of lawyers who immediately left for the Civil Hospital which is a five-minute drive from the court.

Speaking to Dawn by phone on Monday, Advocate Aminullah, who is also the former general secretary of the Balochistan Bar Association, narrated the events ahead of the attack at the hospital where lawyers had gathered to mourn their president’s killing. Aminullah was shifted to Karachi along with 26 other injured on the day the attack occurred.

On reaching the Civil Hospital, Aminullah first visited the mortuary where Kasi’s body was kept, “which had eight bullet wounds in the chest,” he added, and from there, approached Kasi’s family to ask them a few questions.

“I asked his brother, Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) judge, Tariq Kasi, if they had a tribal or political conflict with someone. We needed to know since we were planning to hold a protest outside the governor’s house and wanted his family’s permission to take Kasi’s body with us,” he said. Tariq Kasi denied having any conflict with any group whether tribal or political.


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