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human rights organisation Reprieve issued an urgent warning on behalf of Mr Akbar, and called for the travel ban to be rescinded.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

Pakistan: 20 held after litigants clash at sessions court

30/01/22

The sessions court on Saturday became a battlefield as two parties pursuing a criminal case scuffled with each other and also thrashed lawyers.

The miscreants, dozens in number, used fists and kicks besides ransacking the furniture of the makeshift chambers of some lawyers. They also attacked each other with empty glass bottles of cold drinks. Several of them suffered minor injuries.

Advocate Hassaan Niazi said there was no one to stop the perpetrators as they put the lives of lawyers and litigants in danger. He said the culprits threw glass bottles and other solid articles on each other, which created panic on court premises.

Niazi said the police personnel deputed at the sessions court failed to respond to the situation timely. He said such incidents had become the order of the day due to the absence of the state’s writ.

Later, a team of the Islampura police reached the spot and arrested 20 miscreants from both parties. The police also registered a case on the complaint of a lawyer against the arrested persons and others. The FIR contains charges under section 7 of the Anti Terrorism Act 1997 in addition to the offences under the provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Lahore Bar Association President Rao Sami told Dawn that the bar had taken an exception to the incident and would ensure that the culprits were brought to justice. He said several options had been discussed in meetings with Lahore’s sessions judge and police higher-ups to control these incidents of hooliganism on court premises.

He said the meetings proposed SOPs for the litigants visiting courts on a daily basis. He said the influx of the citizens in courts in the shape of large groups to support their dear ones pursuing or facing criminal cases was a matter of serious concern.

Sami said the bar resolved to show zero tolerance against the violators of law and order. He said entry of unwarranted people would be banned soon. He said persons other than the parties in a case should not be permitted to enter courts.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1672217/20-held-after-litigants-clash-at-sessions-court

Pakistan: Lawyers boycott courts over murder of colleague

21/01/22

The lawyers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday stayed away from courts to protest the murder of one of their colleagues in Dargai tehsil a day earlier.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council had given the call for protest after unidentified persons shot dead Zamnir Gul advocate on Wednesday.

The lawyers boycotted the courts across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and demanded the government to arrest the killers of Zamir Gul and provide security to the community in the province. The speakers said that police must provide security to the lawyers’ community across the province or else they would not hesitate to come on to the roads for their rights.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/926915-lawyers-boycott-courts-in-kp

https://www.dawn.com/news/1670661/lawyers-go-on-strike-against-colleagues-killing

https://thefrontierpost.com/kpbc-hold-strike-against-murderer-of-lawyer/

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/926898-lawyers-boycott-courts-in-kp

Pakistan: Lawyers boycott courts against raid on PTM counsel’s house

09/01/22

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Lawyers on Saturday boycotted legal proceedings at the City Courts in protest over a Rangers’ raid on the house of senior lawyer Qadir Khan and “abduction” of his son, who was later shown arrested by police but discharged by a court in a drugs case.

The lawyers did not turn up before judges to plead their cases fixed for the day. Subsequently, a large number of the cases were simply adjourned while the litigants faced a great deal of difficulties.

In a statement, Karachi Bar Association (KBA) general secretary Naeem Memon said the legal fraternity did not attend court proceedings over this incident.

Advocate Qadir Khan’s house was raided and his son, Asad Khan, was taken into custody by Rangers on Jan 6, he said.

Advocate Khan has been representing several members of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), including MNA Ali Wazir, in criminal cases being tried by antiterrorism courts in Karachi.

Later, the Brigade police produced the son of Advocate Khan before Judicial Magistrate Wazir Memon for his remand in a drugs case.

The investigating officer claimed that around 24 grams of heroin was recovered from his possession.

However, a number of the lawyers reached the court and opposed the IO’s request for remand, arguing that he was booked in a false case.

After hearing arguments from both sides, the magistrate discharged the suspect from the case under Section 63 (Discharge of person apprehended) of the criminal procedure code.

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1668359/lawyers-boycott-courts-against-raid-on-ptm-counsels-house

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/organization/pashtun-tahaffuz-movement-ptm

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

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https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouvement_Pashtun_Tahafuz

Pakistan: A day before polls, ANP candidate Umar Khitab shot killed in DI Khan

18/12/21

ANP tehsil mayor candidate killed in DI Khan

The President of the Awami National Party (ANP) in Dera Ismail Khan and candidate for the tehsil mayor Umar Khittab Sherani was shot killed by unknown assailants on Saturday.

Police said that unknown gunmen opened fire on Sherani outside his house, killing him on the spot. His dead body has been shifted to Trauma Center for autopsy. The DI Khan police spokesman Imtiaz Ali told VOA that Sherani’s murder of ANP candidate is a clear act of terrorism but the police is conducting further investigation. Ali informed that he has been shot twice in the head with a 9mm pistol.

Sherani was also a member of DI Khan District Bar Council. The District Bar Association and the High Court Bar Council have declared mourning over his brutal murder. The ANP spokesperson Samar Haroon Bilour strongly condemned the murder of yet another ANP leader in the broad daylight and demanded justice. Bilour wrote on twitter, “We want justice now. This cannot go on anymore.”

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https://gandhara.rferl.org/a/pakistan-awami-candidate-killed/31615309.html

https://urdu.arynews.tv/181221di-khan-firing-city-council-mayoral-candidate-killed/ (URDU)

Pakistan: Sindh Bar Council secretary shot dead in Karachi

01/12/21

Sindh Bar Council secretary shot dead in Karachi

The secretary of the Sindh Bar Council, Irfan Ali Mahar, 40, was shot dead Wednesday morning near his residence in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal, the police said.

The victim left his house early morning to drop his children to school. On his way back he was attacked by two men on a motorcycle.

Mahar was shot multiple times. He succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital. His body has been moved to the hospital for a post-mortem examination.

The police have reached the crime site and cordoned it off. Evidence is being collected and people in the area are being questioned. According to initial reports, the men didn’t try to rob the victim. They directly shot him.

Mahar was a lawyer at the Sindh High Court. The bar council has extended condolences on the incident and demanded the perpetrators be immediately arrested.

Lawyers across Sindh have boycotted courts today (Wednesday) to protest against the attack.

https://sindhbarcouncil.org/index.php/staff

Afghan Lawyer Latifa Sharifi Selected Recipient of the 2021 UIA/LexisNexis Rule of Law Award

27/09/21

Ms Latifa Sharifi, an Afghan lawyer of the Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA), a historic Afghan women’s association, was designated recipient of the 2021 UIA Rule of Law Award in cooperation with LexisNexis by the UIA Governing Board.


Ms. Sharifi was among the three Finalists of the Award selected by the Nomination Committee, along with prominent human rights lawyers Mohamed El-Baqer (Egypt) and Saif Ul-Malook (Pakistan), both of whom have consistently demonstrated unrelenting dedication and commitment to upholding the Rule of Law and human rights, despite overwhelming personal and professional hardships, including great risk to their personal safety and that of their families.

As a lawyer, Ms Latifa Sharifi particularly assisted women victims of domestic violence in divorce proceedings and helped them find refuge. Because of her defense of women, Ms Sharifi has repeatedly been threatened and intimidated because of her professional activities, and she has been forced to work clandestinely.

With this Award, UIA and LexisNexis recognize Ms. Sharifi’s courageous commitment to ensuring effective access to justice to women, a commitment for which she is regrettably in imminent danger of retaliation.

Ms Sharifi was refouled at Kabul airport on Sunday, August 15, where she went with her husband and her three children, in an attempt to flee abroad. Her youngest child was injured in the process of trying to escape the airport. Ms Sharifi is currently hiding, and she and her family remain in grave danger. 

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https://www.uianet.org/en/news/afghan-lawyer-latifa-sharifi-selected-recipient-2021-uialexisnexis-rule-law-award

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https://www.actu-juridique.fr/administratif/libertes-publiques-ddh/afghanistan-il-faut-nous-sauver-de-cette-terreur-supplient-avocats-et-magistrats-menaces-par-les-talibans/

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https://portalegiovani.comune.fi.it/urlnews/webzine/40602.html

https://www.ildubbio.news/2021/08/30/ora-salviamo-gli-avvocati-e-magistrati-afghani-pericolo/

Pakistan: Lawyer Khadija Siddiqui fearful for her life after shots fired by unknown persons outside Lahore home

14/08/21

Khadija Siddiqui. — Photo courtesy Shafaq n Kami Studios

Lawyer Khadija Siddiqui, who was stabbed 23 times by her classmate back in 2016, on Saturday said that she fears for her life, after shots were fired by unknown people outside her home in Lahore’s Gulberg area. 

Khadija has filed a complaint with the police, at the Gulberg police station.

“I was alone at home when I heard someone fire shots. When I went outside, I saw a bullet hole in the car’s bonnet,” she stated in the complaint.

She recalled how on May 3, 2016, she was attacked, and provided a case reference number (330/16), which was filed at the Civil Lines police station.

“My life is in danger. I demand legal action,” Khadija further said in her complaint.

Speaking to Geo News, Khadija said that the shots were loud enough for her to think that they were fired from inside her house.

The lawyer drew attention to what she said was a promise made Punjab Minister for Prisons Fayyazul Hassan Chohan that if her life is threatened, he will file a complaint himself.

Meanwhile, her father, Ahmed Siddiqui, told Geo News that he was not at home when the incident occurred.

“When I returned I saw Khadija distraught. She told me someone had fired shots at our house,” he said.

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https://www.geo.tv/latest/365348-lawyer-khadija-siddiqui-fearful-for-her-life-after-shots-fired-by-unknown-persons-outside-lahore-home

https://www.dawn.com/news/1640640/khadija-siddiqui-unharmed-after-unidentified-assailants-open-fire-at-her-car-in-lahore

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