Pakistan: May 12 mayhem: Lawyers observe black day, boycott court proceedings in Karachi

May 13, 2017

Legal fraternity on Friday resorted to complete strike and boycotted court proceedings as they observed a black day against the May 12, 2007, carnage in the port city.

One of the bloodiest days in Karachi’s history: On May 12, 2007, some 48 people were killed and a score injured and several vehicles burnt, when then-deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was scheduled to address a function at Sindh High Court.

Opposition parties had announced to accord a warm welcome to the then CJP in the city. The MQM, who at the time backed Musharraf, organised a counter-rally, leading eventually to violent clashes.

As 10 years have passed since the carnage, no one from the perpetrators was sentenced and even those arrested were set free on bail.

The lawyers across the province observed a black day against the carnage. Black flags had been hoisted atop the bar rooms and general body meetings of lawyers associations held to denounce those behind the bloodshed.


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