Pakistan: Lawyers announce 3-day mourning to protest Quetta’s Civil Hospital tragedy

August 7, 2017

Lawyers on Monday boycotted court proceedings across the country in order to mourn Quetta’s Civil Hospital carnage in which over 70 people mostly lawyers were killed by terrorists in August 2016.

A three-day strike, which starts from today, has been announced by Balochistan lawyers to protest the gun and bomb attack on their fellows.

The community will also observe a “black day” on August 8 (tomorrow) across the country.

Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) President Shah Muhammad Jatoi said that no proceedings will be held no August 7 and 9.

On July 26, the Supreme Court heard a suo moto case regarding the tragedy to overview progress made on the suggestions of the inquiry commission. It expressed displeasure over slow implementation and sought from the police, health department and the provincial government in this regard. The court adjourned the case till September 12.


On August 8 2016, terrorists gunned down the then Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi. Around 200 people reached the hospital when his body was being shifted to Civil Hospital of Quetta.

Taking benefit of the situation, a suicide bomber exploded himself near the crowd killing 73 people, including 57 lawyers, and injuring over 100 others.


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