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Pakistan: Top Azad Kashmir lawyer shot dead inside his Mirpur house

10/09/22

A top lawyer of Azad Jammu Kashmir and a member of the bar association was gunned down inside his house in Mirpur on Saturday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

Unidentified people, wearing police uniforms, barged into Waqar Altaf Mughal Advocate’s house and sprayed him with bullets.

The attackers entered the on the pretext that they wanted to deliver a notice for which advocate’s signatures were required and instead shot him dead.

The was the second attack on member Daddiyal Bar Association Waqar Mughal. He narrowly survived the first attempt but serious injured in the gun attack.

The bar association has announced a complete boycott of the courts, demanding early arrest of the murderers.

https://www.24newshd.tv/10-Sep-2022/top-azad-kashmir-lawyer-shot-dead-inside-his-mirpur-house

https://www.dawn.com/news/1709442/lawyer-shot-dead-in-ajk

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/lawyer-gunned-down-in-dadayal-1560863.html

Pakistan: Afghan female judge fleeing Taliban appeals after Home Office refuses UK entry

20/08/22

Lawyers say the woman, who is in hiding in Pakistan with her son, will be killed if sent back to Afghanistan

A female former senior judge from Afghanistan who is in hiding from the Taliban with her son has filed an appeal to the Home Office after her application to enter the UK was denied.

Lawyers for the woman – who is named as “Y” – said on Saturday they had submitted an appeal on behalf of their client and her son at the Immigration Tribunal, saying she had been left in a “gravely vulnerable position” by the withdrawal of British and other western troops.

They said the British government’s decision has stopped them from joining British and settled family members in the UK who said they are “very afraid she will take her own life”.

The woman, 52, and her son, 24, fled Afghanistan and are in hiding in Pakistan after their home in Kabul was attacked and several of her former colleagues assassinated, her lawyers said in a statement.

There are believed to be about 70 Afghan women judges in Afghanistan, and about 70 more who have escaped but are in similar conditions to Y.

Katie Newbury, a partner at Kingsley Napley, the firm representing her, said the mother and son “are not safe or secure where they are now and they have close family in the UK eager to support them”.

“Since November we have repeatedly chased the Home Office for a decision given the precarious situation,” she wrote on Twitter, adding that the Home Office had “dragged their feet”.

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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/aug/20/afghan-female-judge-fleeing-taliban-appeals-after-home-office-refuse-uk-entry

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-08-20/female-afghan-judge-hiding-from-taliban-appeals-against-denial-of-entry-to-uk

https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/uk-news/2022/08/20/female-afghan-judge-hiding-from-taliban-appeals-against-denial-of-entry-to-uk/

https://inews.co.uk/news/afghanistan-judge-taliban-death-threats-home-office-rejection-1806591

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2146626/amp

https://www.kingsleynapley.co.uk/insights/news/press-release-kingsley-napley-files-appeal-for-female-afghan-judge-denied-leave-to-enter-the-uk

https://www.ireland-live.ie/news/uk/890672/female-afghan-judge-hiding-from-taliban-appeals-against-denial-of-entry-to-uk.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/afghan-judge-in-hiding-is-refused-entry-to-uk-ftjpqxw0r

https://news-24.fr/une-juge-afghane-qui-se-cache-des-talibans-fait-appel-du-refus-dentree-au-royaume-uni-par-le-ministere-de-linterieur-nouvelles-du-monde/ (FRANCAIS)

https://nouvellefr.com/afghanistan-le-juge-qui-a-recu-des-menaces-de-mort-des-talibans-se-sent-abandonne-apres-que-le-ministere-de-linterieur-a-refuse-lentree-au-royaume-uni/

Pakistan: Lawyer shot dead over litigation row

04/08/22

A lawyer was shot dead here on Wednesday over some litigation dispute.

Advocate Muhammad Tariq Paswal, a resident of Paswal village in Shakargarh tehsil and a member of the Tehsil Bar Association, was on his way home from the tehsil court when some armed men stopped him and opened fire, injuring him critically.

He succumbed to his injuries on way to Shakargarh Tehsil Headquarters Hospital. Police shifted the body to THQ hospital for autopsy.

After receipt of information, tehsil bar members gathered at the hospital and demanded security for the legal fraternity.

Speaking on the occasion, Advocate Shahid Mehmood said Tariq was forbidden by the opponents of his client from appearing in the court and was allegedly shot dead by them.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1703128

https://www.brecorder.com/news/40188089

Pakistan: ASHRAF RAHI: PUNJAB BAR COUNCIL SECRETARY KILLED IN GUN ATTACK IN LAHORE

24/07/22

The secretary of the Punjab Bar Council Muhammad Ashraf Rahi has been killed in a gun attack in Badami Bagh area of Lahore on late Saturday night, ARY News reported.

Police confirmed that Punjab Bar Council Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Rahi was killed in a firing incident in Lahore. Slain Ashraf was going to his home in his vehicle, police added.

According to the police, two unidentified assailants gunned down Rahi and fled from the scene.

https://arynews.tv/ashraf-rahi-punjab-bar-council-secy-killed-in-gun-attack-in-lahore/

Pakistan: Lawyers observe strike against attempt on colleague’s life

08/07/22

The lawyers’ community observed complete strike on Thursday at the Peshawar High Court’s principal seat and attached nine districts against assassination attempt on Swabi-based senior lawyer Mohammad Ishfaq Khan.

The strike call was given by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council (KPBC).

Mr Ishfaq, who is also Razaar tehsil president of Awami National Party, was seriously injured when he was attacked by two unidentified motorcyclists near his hujra (guest house) on Monday.

The lawyers mostly stayed away from proceedings before different courts, including the high court.

KPBC vice-chairman Mohammad Ali Khan Jadoon, its executive committee chairman Mohammad Ilyas Khan and other members stated that so far the police had failed to arrest the culprits, which was a matter of concern for them.

In a press release issued here, they urged the PHC chief justice to order the provincial government for enhancing security measures on the premises of courts and to provide protection to lawyers.

In Swabi, no lawyer appeared in the courts on Thursday and the lawyers held meetings and discussed their next line of action.

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1698768

Pakistan court dismisses case filed by Army against human rights activist and lawyer

20/06/22

A Pakistani court on Monday dismissed a case filed by the powerful military against a prominent human rights activist and lawyer after she allegedly used abusive words against Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir, the daughter of former human rights minister Shireen Mazari, had allegedly hurled abusive words against Bajwa after her mother was arrested from outside her house in a land ownership case last month.

A first information report (FIR) was filed against Mazari-Hazir on May 26 in Islamabad on the complaint of Lt Colonel Syed Humayun Iftikhtar, who was representing the Judge Advocate General (JAG) branch of the General Headquarters (GHQ).

She was booked under various sections of the Pakistan Penal Code for inciting people against armed forces and abetment of act of insubordination by soldier by making a “derogatory and hateful” statement on May 21.

Mazari-Hazir challenged the case in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), stating that the “FIR is ill-founded and allegations are absurd”.

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1695797/ihc-dismisses-armys-case-against-imaan-mazari-hazir-after-she-regrets-remarks

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/pak-court-dismisses-armys-case-against-lawyer-imaan-zainab-mazari-hazir-for-comments-on-army-chief-general-qamar-javed-bajwa-3083168

https://www.arabnews.pk/node/2106981/pakistan

Pakistan: Lawyers on partial strike against murder of advocate

03/06/22

The lawyers on Thursday observed a partial strike as they were not appearing in the lower courts of Lahore division against the murder of an advocate in Raiwind.

The Punjab Bar Council (PBC) has demanded that the accused involved in the murder of the lawyer named Ahsan Bhatti should be arrested immediately.

It is to be noted here that Ahsan Bhatti had been shot dead by unidentified motorcycle riders at Chajju Chowk in Raiwind on June 1, 2022 (Wednesday) when he was on his way along with his friend Nadeem in a car.

Nadeem was also killed in firing by the accused, whereas, two others sustained critical injuries.

“The deceased lawyer was a nephew of former MPA Abdul Rasheed Bhatti,” police said, adding that old enmity seemed to be the reason behind the dual murder.

Police also claimed to have collected evidence from the site of the incident and stated that the accused would soon be arrested.

The Punjab inspector general of police (IGP) also took notice of the murder of the lawyer and directed Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Bilal Siddique Kamyana to ensure early arrest of the accused.

https://pakobserver.net/lawyers-on-partial-strike-against-murder-of-advocate/

https://www.dawn.com/news/1692829/lawyers-observe-strike-against-arrest-of-colleague

https://www.dawn.com/news/1692787/clash-after-strike-in-city-court

https://www.brecorder.com/news/40176372/pbc-condemns-police-action-against-lawyers

https://www.dawn.com/news/1692598

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2359809/lawyers-call-off-protest-on-shc-cjs-assurance

https://www.24newshd.tv/02-Jun-2022/lawyers-on-partial-strike-in-lahore-against-murder-of-advocate

Pakistan: Transgender lawyer Nisha Rao attacked in Karachi

13/05/22

Pakistan’s first transgender lawyer Nisha Rao sustained injuries after being attacked in Saddar, Karachi by four men.

Trans Pride Society, an NGO founded by Nisha Rao, narrated the incident calling it a ‘heinous crime.’ It said Nisha was attacked during a visit to members of the transgender community in Saddar by four men on two motorbikes as she got off a rickshaw to walk towards her friend’s apartment.

It said the aggressors beat and stole her belongings. One man used a ring to pierce Nisha’s scalp while his accomplices stole her handbag and mobile phone.

Nisha is a strong advocate for the transgender community and spends her time working as a lawyer in the City Court of Karachi where she fights for the rights of transgenders, in addition to attending Karachi University where she is receiving her Masters of Law degree.

“Serving and empowering the transgender community is Nisha’s biggest determination in life and it is crimes like these that make her fear the fragmented society we live in,” the statement said. It cannot be known whether it was a targeted attack and the identity of the perpetrators remains unknown. 

The trans community and lawyers have demanded police take immediate action and arrest the culprits. In April 2021, five transgender persons were killed and eight sustained injuries in separate attacks.

Nisha Rao is Pakistan’s first trangender lawyer to be accepted into an MPhil programme to study law at Karachi University.

Pakistani lawyer and human rights campaigner targeted following anti-corruption role

11/04/22

A leading human rights lawyer has been banned from leaving Pakistan, raising fears he will be targeted after holding a role in the previous Pakistani Government focused on investigating political corruption.

Shahzad Akbar, who has run campaigns against drone strikes in Pakistan and represented people facing torture, disappearance and the death penalty, had until January this year served as an Advisor in the Pakistani government responsible for anti-corruption efforts.

It was revealed in the press yesterday that Mr Akbar has been placed on a no-fly list, despite there being no known charges against him.

Today the human rights organisation Reprieve issued an urgent warning on behalf of Mr Akbar, and called for the travel ban to be rescinded.

Mr Akbar was a Reprieve Fellow and continues to work to challenge human rights abuses alongside NGOs in Pakistan and around the world.

Reprieve said:

“Shahzad Akbar is a fearless campaigner for human rights and against state corruption. This travel ban is a chilling sign he may be persecuted for his work holding power to account. Restricting his liberty in this way would undermine the rule of law and impede his vital work as a human rights defender”.

https://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/648571-Names-of-Shahzad-Akbar,-Shahbaz-Gill-added-in-No-Fly-List:-Attaullah-Tar

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/758526-ihc-summons-pms-interior-adviser-shahzad-akbar-in-delayed-justice-case

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirza_Shahzad_Akbar

Pakistan: Islamabad Bar Council Observes Strike Against Four Murders

04/02/22

Islamabad Bar Council (IBC) on Friday observed strike in protest against killing of four people including a lawyer Raja Haroon in Federal capital.

The most of the cases in Islamabad High Court (IHC), district court and judicial complex were adjourned without further proceeding due to the lawyers strike.

Vice Chairman IBC Syed Qamar Hussain Shah Sabzwari and other members of the lawyer bodies had condemned the tragic incident.

They stated that the incident took place due to the negligence of police and administration.

No lawyer appeared before the courts in line of the strike.

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/ibc-observes-strike-against-four-murders-1463091.html

https://www.dawn.com/news/1673320/two-of-four-killed-over-land-dispute-in-capital-were-on-bail-police

https://www.24newshd.tv/04-Feb-2022/arrests-made-after-five-slain-in-islamabad-firing-incidents

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2342005/six-held-in-capital-killing-incidents

https://www.brecorder.com/news/40151925