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Pakistan: Multan man murders lawyer after losing case: police

12/01/21

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A man was arrested for murdering his lawyer after losing a case in Multan, the police said on Tuesday.

The suspect, identified as Faizan, had filed a petition in court and approached advocate Sabir Qureshi to fight the case for him.

“Faizan was furious when he lost the case and in this anger, he murdered Qureshi and his elder brother,” the investigation officer said. The suspect was helped by his friends in the crime.

“The men broke into Qureshi’s house, tortured him and his brother, and then murdered them,” the officer said, adding that they tried to set the bodies on fire but failed to do so.

Faizan was caught four days after the crime. His accomplices are, however, on the run. An FIR has been registered.

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2279134/two-brothers-found-dead-in-multan

Pakistan: Lawyer kidnapped from Pakistan residence by men posing as CTD officials

06/01/21

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Unknown people, who were posing as Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) officials, kidnapped a lawyer from his residence in Pakistan’s Islamabad city recently, media reports said.

Tarnol police have registered a case (FIR No. 04/2021) under Section 365 of PPC against unknown people and are investigating, reports The News International.

Mohammad Safian Saeed Dar lodged a written complaint stating that he lived in G/16-3 with his son Hamad Saeed Dar, reported the newspaper. 

“I asked the person about his identity through the intercom. He identified himself as DSP Tariq of CDT and told me that he wanted to meet my son. I opened the door after getting consent from my son. When I opened the door, ten people were standing with that person who introduced himself as DSP Tariq. However, three people accompanying the DSP entered the house and sat in the living room to wait for my son,” Dar told the newspaper.

Tarnol police have registered a case under Section 365 of PPC, reported the newspaper.

Police have started investigating the case.

https://www.indiablooms.com/world-details/SA/27483/lawyer-kidnapped-from-pakistan-residence-by-men-posing-as-ctd-officials.html

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/769022-islamabad-lawyer-kidnapped-from-home

https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/267435083/islamabad-lawyer-kidnapped-from-his-residence

Pakistan: After lawyer’s ‘abduction’, IHC reiterates concern over ‘abysmal state of law and order’ in Islamabad

04/01/21

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday once again expressed concern over the “deteriorating law and order situation” in the capital after a lawyer was allegedly abducted from his home by unidentified individuals before being released two days later.

Advocate Hammad Saeed Dar, who was taken away from his home in the early hours of Saturday, appeared in the court today to detail the ordeal he allegedly went through.

The case was heard by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who had taken up a petition filed by Dar’s father seeking his recovery. The court had earlier ordered Dar’s recovery by Monday (today) in a notice to the interior secretary and Islamabad inspector general of police.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Operations) Waqaruddin Syed, Saddar Superintendent of Police Sarfaraz Virk and SP (Investigations) Malik Naeem, and other officials were present at the hearing.

Speaking to reporters at the court, Dar said the bell of his house located in the Tarnol area was rung at around 1:30am on Saturday. Around 12-15 people standing outside told his father that they wanted to meet Dar.

Although only two of them were invited inside, 10 individuals allegedly forced their way into the house and apprehended Dar as soon as they spotted him, the lawyer said.

He alleged that his personal belongings including his laptop and cell phone were confiscated and he was blindfolded and taken away in a car. He was driven around in the car for about half an hour before being taken to a room where he was detained.

Dar said he could not identify his alleged abductors and did not know “what they wanted from me”.

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1599668/after-lawyers-abduction-ihc-reiterates-concern-over-abysmal-state-of-law-and-order-in-islamabad

Lawyer abducted in Islamabad

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/islamabad-lawyer-kidnapped-from-his-residence-by-men-posing-as-ctd-officials20210104130648/

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2278579/ihc-summons-top-cop-in-lawyer-abduction-case

Pakistan: Lawyers Observe Strike Against Killing Of Advocate

23/12/20

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The Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) on Wednesday observed strike in a protest to condemn the murder of senior member Shah Alam Baber.

The lawyers didn’t appear before the courts whole day due to which most of the cases were adjourned without further proceedings.

IBA’s Secretary Nabeel Tahir Mirza said that this incident had exposed the weaknesses in security arrangements in Federal capital. He demanded the law enforcement agencies to early arrest the accused involved in killing of bar’s senior member and brought him into justice. He said that the whole legal fraternity was standing with the victim family at this crucial time. The lawyers would hold protests if the accused would not be arrested soon, he concluded.

https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/lawyers-observe-strike-against-killing-of-adv-1122341.html

https://www.dawn.com/news/1597313/lawyer-shot-dead

https://nation.com.pk/23-Dec-2020/lawyer-murdered-in-islamabad

http://www.defendre.eu/observatoire-pakistan201222.htm (FRANCAIS)

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Pakistan: Pakistan Bar Council and NGOs condemn smear campaign against Advocate Nighat Dad

21/12/20

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https://jang.com.pk/en/news/218-meesha-shafi-lauds-lawyer-nighat-dads-brave-efforts-amidst-the-difficult-court-proceedings

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/761610-meesha-shafi-is-lauding-nighat-dad-for-standing-tall-amidst-an-arduous-court-war

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/nighat-dad

https://rsf.org/en/nighat-dad

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

Pakistan: Bar Clubs Of Hazara Division Protest Against Murder Attempt of Lawyer

07/12/20

CIRCULAR OFFICE OF THE KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA BAR COUNCIL PESHAWAR.

The legal fraternity of Hazara division Monday observed a complete strike to protest against the murder attempt to a lawyer of Karak.

The KPK bar had given the call to protest against the murder attempts of Arsala Khan advocate of Takt Nasarti Karak, like other districts of KPKlawyers of the AbbottabadHaripurMansehra and Battagram bar councils have also observed a complete boycott of courts.

The protesting lawyers have asked the provincial government to provide security to the lawyers in the courts and offices and arrest the accused.

According to the details, in the area of Takt Nasarti Karak a local lawyer Arsala Khan advocate who was going home when unknown persons attempted to murder him but survived.

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https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/bar-clubs-of-hazara-division-protest-against-1107005.html

https://www.24newshd.tv/05-Dec-2020/mother-daughter-killed-as-father-and-son-exchange-fire-in-malakand

Pakistan: Muzaffargarh Bar Observes Strike To Protest Lawyer’s Murder

01/12/20

District Bar protests lawyer's murder - Pakistan Observer

District bar association observed full-day strike of local courts on Tuesday following heinous murder of bar member of Vehari who was gunned down by unidentified assailants yesterday.

No lawyer appeared before the court which left visitors, especially those approaching from far-flung areas in lurch.

Newly elected member of Punjab bar council from here, Jam Muhammad Yunis and president bar Malik Arshad Bhatti condemned murder of Asif Iqbal Dhakku with demanding incumbent government to assure foolproof security of the fraternity forthwith.

“Despite repeated appeals, the authority concerned turned deaf ears to our request of framing a specific law for protecting lives and goods of lawyers community ” they said while expressing concern.

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https://www.urdupoint.com/en/pakistan/muzaffargarh-bar-observes-strike-to-protest-l-1101410.html

https://pakobserver.net/district-bar-protests-lawyers-murder/

https://nation.com.pk/02-Dec-2020/muzaffargarh-lawyers-protest-colleague-s-murder

https://nation.com.pk/02-Dec-2020/muzaffargarh-lawyers-protest-colleague-s-murder?version=amp

Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyer Irshad Nasreen kidnapped and tortured

October 23, 2019

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Punjab Bar Council strongly condemns the cruel act of accused Nazar Fareed etc in which they kidnapped & brutally tortured Mrs. Irshad Nasreen Advocate depalpur. This inhumane act of the above persons is Unlawfull & highly immoral. Bearing in mind the very fact that the victim is a female advocate this act is highly condemnable. The Punjab Bar Council demands urgent action to be taken on this sensitive issue by the law enforcement agencies and the concerned officials.

Ch. Shah Nawaz Ismail Gujjar
Vice Chairman
Punjab Bar Council

Mr. Iftikhar Ibrahim Qureshi
Chairman Executive Committee
Punjab Bar Council.

(Punjab Bar Council Facebook, 23/10/19)

https://pbbarcouncil.com/

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

https://tribune.com.pk/story/2084792/1-pakistan-bar-council-threatens-agitation-azadi-march-disrupted/

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/pakistan-10th-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2020-24-01-2020-with-the-focus-on-pakistan-a-struggle-to-protect-pakistani-lawyers-especially-against-islamic-fundamentalism-and-terrorism-basic-repo/

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-global-bodies-worry-over-pakistani-lawyers-safety/

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-january-24-2020-pakistan/

DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2020 – PAKISTAN

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Junaid Hafeez: Why is Pakistani scholar’s blasphemy case receiving scant attention?

October 7, 2019

Human rights organizations are demanding the release of a 33-year-old university lecturer who has been in solitary confinement since 2014. His family told DW the blasphemy allegations were fabricated by Islamists.

Junaid Hafeez, a Pakistan lecturer in jail on blasphemy charges

Amnesty International last week demanded that Pakistani authorities immediately and unconditionally release Junaid Hafeez, a 33-year-old lecturer at the Bahauddin Zakariya University in the eastern city of Multan.

In 2013, Hafeez was charged in a blasphemy case over a Facebook page. The young lecturer has been held in solitary confinement since June 2014. If convicted, he faces the death penalty under Pakistan’s harsh blasphemy laws.

The US government has also urged Pakistani authorities to free Hafeez, with Vice President Mike Pence explicitly mentioning the lecturer’s ordeal in a July statement.

Read more: Hindus fear for their lives after Pakistan blasphemy riots

Hafeez’s ordeal

In 2010, Hafeez, a resident of Rajanpur town in Punjab province, returned to Pakistan to teach English literature at the Bahauddin Zakariya University after finishing his studies in the US. At the time of his arrest, he was already a Fulbright scholar and was appreciated for his academic work.

Hafeez’s father told DW that his son was a victim of university politics, as he was disliked by an Islamist student organization because of his liberal views.

“In 2013, the university advertised a post for a lecturer. The members of the Islamist Jamiat-e-Talaba organization told him to not apply for the job as they wanted their own people to get it,” said Hafeez-ul Naseer.

“The group launched a malicious campaign against my son, distributing pamphlets and accusing him of blasphemy. They said he was an American agent,” Naseer said.

“My son, who came back from the US to serve his country, was later arrested by police on blasphemy charges,” he added.

The ordeal of Hafeez’s family continued even after his arrest. No lawyer in Multan city wanted to take up his case.

Blasphemy is a sensitive topic in Pakistan, where 97% of its 180 million inhabitants are Muslim. Rights activists have demanded reforms of controversial blasphemy laws, which were introduced by the Islamic military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq in the 1980s. Activists say the laws have little to do with blasphemy and are often used to settle petty disputes and personal vendettas.

According to rights groups, around 1,549 blasphemy cases have been registered in Pakistan between 1987 and 2017. More than 75 people have been killed extra-judicially on blasphemy allegations. Some of them were even targeted after being acquitted in blasphemy cases by courts.

“Finally, Rashid Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan took up my son’s case, but he was gunned down on May 7, 2014 in his office,” Naseer said.

Hafeez has been languishing in jail ever since. His father said the family has been living under constant fear as they could also be targeted by extremists.

https://www.dw.com/en/junaid-hafeez-why-is-pakistani-scholars-blasphemy-case-receiving-scant-attention/a-50722310

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/09/pakistan-authorities-immediately-unconditionally-release-junaid-hafeez/

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/pakistan-lecturer-accused-blasphemy-facebook-posts-must-be-released

https://www.dawn.com/news/1504700

https://thediplomat.com/2019/08/the-defiance-of-pakistani-atheists/

https://www.geo.tv/latest/251407-injustice-by-law-the-case-of-junaid-hafeez

https://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/pakistani-lawyer-rashid-rehman-murdered-after-taking-on-blasphemy-case-9341021.html

https://www.hrw.org/news/2014/05/14/pakistan-investigate-killing-rights-lawyer

https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/opinion/why-pakistans-blasphemy-law-must-be-abolished/

https://www.dawn.com/news/1495127

https://www.businesstoday.in/current/world/pakistan-misses-22-out-of-27-fatf-targets-but-evades-black-list-for-now/story/385456.html

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

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/pakistan-10th-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-2020-24-01-2020-with-the-focus-on-pakistan-a-struggle-to-protect-pakistani-lawyers-especially-against-islamic-fundamentalism-and-terrorism-basic-repo/

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-global-bodies-worry-over-pakistani-lawyers-safety/

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-january-24-2020-pakistan/

DAY OF THE ENDANGERED LAWYER – 24 January 2020 – PAKISTAN

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Pakistan/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Lawyer Saeed Khan murdered

October 15, 2019

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(Pakistan Bar Council Facebook, 15/10/19)

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https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-global-bodies-worry-over-pakistani-lawyers-safety/

https://defendlawyers.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/pakistan-day-of-the-endangered-lawyer-january-24-2020-pakistan/

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