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Pakistan: Peshawar High Court Bar Observe Strikes Over Lawyer’s Killing

August 15, 2018

Peshawar High Court Bar Association on Wednesday observed strike against the brutal killing of a lawyer in Dera Ismail Khan

Peshawar High Court Bar observe strikes over lawyer's killing

Peshawar High Court Bar Association on Wednesday observed strike against the brutal killing of a lawyer in Dera Ismail Khan.

The legal fraternity strongly condemned the murder of lawyer and demanded of the government to give full protection to lawyers across the province.

Lawayer Yasir was gunned down by unknown assailants on Tuesday in Dera Ismail Khan District. They demanded that killers should be arrested and brought to justice.




Pakistan: Jibran Nasir’s life under threat: HRCP

July 23, 2018

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed grave concerns at the escalating threat to independent candidate Jibran Nasir in Karachi.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the HRCP condemned “the violence and malice that has dogged Mr Nasir’s election campaign. It is of serious concern to the Commission that local clerics and supporters of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) have reportedly incited charged mobs to engage in violence to prevent him from canvassing.”

“No member of the public or of any state institution has any right whatsoever to question – or indeed, to demand he prove – his faith. The frightening implications this could have for Mr. Nasir’s personal safety and that of his political workers should be lost on no one – least of all the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the caretaker government.”

The HRCP further stated, “the constant vitriol of TLP supporters such as cleric Naveed Abbasi violates the ECP’s code of conduct for political parties. Given that the TLP has been accorded the status of a legitimate party, HRCP demands that the ECP disqualify any TLP (or other) candidates linked to inciting such violence and provide Mr Nasir with proper security.”

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Jibran Nasir is a vocal human rights activist and maintains strong views about the alleged military’s intervention in state affairs and extremism in the country. Mr. Nasir has several times in the past been threatened but he has refused to budge and has continued to raise voice for the downtrodden masses in the country.

Jibran Nasir, a lawyer by profession, is contesting elections from NA-247 Karachi.










Pakistan: Lawyers boycott courts to condemn Peshawar attack

July 13, 2018

The members of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) boycotted on Thursday the courts as a mark of protest against the killing of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Barrister Haroon Bilour and 19 others in a suicide attack in Peshawar.

A general body meeting held on this occasion was addressed by the KBA general secretary, who expressed sympathy with the bereaved families of Haroon Bilour and other victims of the terror attack.

He demanded of the federal government to make every effort to arrest the attackers as well as their patrons and bring them to justice. The meeting also stipulated for a security provision to the lawyers in the country being targeted by terrorists.

A day earlier, remembering the victims of the suicide bombing at an Awami National Party’s electoral rally in Peshawar’s Yakatut area, civil society activists gathered outside Karachi Press Club and shouted slogans against terrorism and for peace.





Pakistan: Despite Acquittal Of Her Attacker, Khadija Siddiqui Emerges As Heroine In Pakistan

June 10, 2018

Court decision to release Shah Hussain shocks nation, but Siddiqui remains optimistic that justice will prevail

In Pakistan, a majority-Muslim country with a population of 220 million, Khadija Siddiqui, 23, has emerged as an icon of “resistance” against the influential elite. Since she was brutally attacked by a friend and fellow classmate two years ago, life has not been the same for the final-year law student. Siddiqui and Shah Hussain were both studying at a college in Lahore before a minor dispute created a rift between the victim and her alleged attacker.

“We didn’t speak for ten months,” Siddiqui told The Media Line.

A frustrated and angry Hussain began stalking her thereafter.

“He had been threatening me with dire consequences,” she added.

These were no empty threats.

On May 3, 2016, Hussain allegedly stabbed Khadija in the neck and chest 23 times in broad daylight in the heart of Lahore, one of Pakistan’s largest cities and the capital of Punjab province.

The suspect managed to flee the scene, leaving Siddiqui in a pool of blood. She was rushed to hospital where doctors were required to perform multiple surgeries during her three-week stay.

A few days after her release, Siddiqui identified Hussain as her attacker and he was arrested on charges of attempted murder.

Backed by her family and the Lahore-based Tehmina Durrani Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provided Siddiqui with legal representation, she courageously stood her ground. On July 29, 2017, justice appeared to prevail as a court sentenced Hussain to seven years in prison.

However, this past March the sentence was reduced to five years. Then, Hussain, the son of an influential Lahore-based lawyer known for his strong political connections, appealed that decision to the Lahore High Court. Last week, Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem acquitted Hussain of all charges, in sharp contrast to the judge who presided over the initial court case and found the accused guilty “without any shadow of even a minor doubt.”

Monday’s verdict was totally unexpected, shocking everyone present in the overcrowded courtroom. For her part, Siddiqui described the ruling as a severe blow to Pakistan’s legal system and contended to The Media Line just moments after the verdict that “justice has been butchered.





















Pakistan: Balochistan: Young lawyer’s dead body discovered

June 7, 2018


The lawyers in Balochistan have boycotted court proceedings on Tuesday against the murder of a fellow lawyer in Ziarat Cross are of Quetta.

According to details, the dead body of a 30-year-old lawyer, Zamin Khan, was discovered in Ziarat Cross area of Quetta on 6th June.

The dead body of the lawyer had bullets wounds.

However, it is not clear yet whether he was abducted and killed in custody or he has been target killed.

Last month on May 31, a woman lawyer was shot dead at her home in Jacobabad district, Balochistan. The slain solicitor Sanam Umrani, a mother of three children, was a legal counsel for her slain brother Waqar Umrani who had allegedly killed his wife Tahira Khoso in 2015.

Waqar was also shot dead a few months after the killing of his wife. His body was recovered from a car in Balochistan.

According to The Express Tribune, City SHO Ghazanfar Ali Bhutto told the local media that the slain woman was the legal counsel for her brother in the murder case. She was being coerced to withdraw herself from the case, the SHO said.


Pakistan: Woman lawyer shot dead in Jacobabad

June 2, 2018

Sindh police. PHOTO: AFP

A woman lawyer was shot dead on Thursday at her home in Jacobabad district. The slain Sanam Umrani, mother of three children, was a legal counsel for his slain brother Waqar Umrani who had allegedly killed his wife Tahira Khoso in 2015.

Waqar was also shot dead a few months after the killing of his wife. His body was recovered from a car in Balochistan.

City SHO Ghazanfar Ali Bhutto told the local media that the slain woman was the legal counsel for her brother in the murder case. She was being coerced to withdraw herself from the case, the SHO said, adding that the Umrani and Khoso families were locked in a land dispute as well.

Suspects in Zafir Zubairi case declared guilty of murder

The lawyer had recently returned from Dera Murad Jamali in Balochistan to her brother’s house in Jacobabad. The assailants chased her all the way to the house and killed her in front of her children.


Pakistan: May 12 mayhem: Karachi mayor, 18 others indicted

May 15, 2018

Women lawyers tie black ribbons on arms during boycott of court proceedings to mark the anniversary of May 12 incident. PHOTO: ONLINE

An anti-terrorism court on Tuesday indicted 19 suspects, including Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar, in a case related to the carnage which unfolded across the port city on May 12, 2007.

The suspects pleaded not guilty, and the witnesses were summoned for the next hearing scheduled for June 23. The hearing of the four cases pertaining to the incident took place in Karachi’s ATC Court-II.

Lawyers mark tragic events of May 12, 2007

Akhtar and other suspects appeared before the court. The arrested suspect, Umair Siddiqui, was also presented. The court indicted all suspects in one out of the four cases. All 19 suspects are on bail. A total of seven cases were registered related to the tragic incident. Four of these cases are underway in court II, and three are pending in court III.

Besides the apprehended Siddiqui, the court has termed the 16 missing suspects as absconders.

Justice Nisar summoned records of the May 12 incident which left 50 dead, including lawyers and political activists as they went to welcome former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in 2007.

After the prayers, the CJP inquired from lawyer Faisal Siddiqui as to whether an inquiry in that incident took place. Siddiqui informed the court that the matter is being heard at the Sindh High Court (SHC), upon which the CJP asked for details so he could examine the case himself.