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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.






Pakistan: Lawyers plan ‘Black Day’ today to honour the fallen in May 12 violence

May 12, 2018

Lawyers across the country are set to mark today as a ‘Black Day’, in honour of those who lost their lives in the gruesome violence that gripped Karachi 11 years ago.

On May 12, 2007, the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry arrived at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport, where a large contingent of lawyers was waiting to welcome him. Upon his arrival, however, violence broke out between the workers of the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP) who had gathered to welcome the CJP on the one hand, and the workers of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on the other.

The Police was a silent spectator as the gathering descended into chaos, leaving 40 people dead, while a lot of the city’s infrastructure lay in ruins.

Many voices continue to clamour over the culpability of the state apparatus in allowing the riots to unfold, while others wish to see the MQM taken to task over their role in instigating the carnage.






Pakistan/LRWC: Prevent and Punish Unlawful Killings of Lawyers | Letter

April 24, 2018

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LRWC calls on the Government of Pakistan to fulfill its international law obligations to prevent and punish the unlawful killings of lawyers.  The LRWC letter refers to the unlawful killing of 61 lawyers in Pakistan that have not been remedied through investigations and trials resulting in the identification and punishment of the perpetrators. In addition Pakistan has not responded to the wave of murders with effective protection measures for lawyers. The impunity coupled with lack of preventative measures appear to contribute to the continuing wave of lethal attacks on lawyers in Pakistan.

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote international human rights, the rule of law, and the integrity of legal systems through advocacy, education and legal research. LRWC is a volunteer-run NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

LRWC condemns the murder of lawyer Zainullah Khan that took place on 30 March 2018 in Swabi, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pakistan. According to reports Zainullah Khan was shot and killed when he was returning home via Jehangira Road when unidentified attackers in a vehicle open fired at Mr. Khan killing him on the spot while the attackers escaped. Lawyers have called on the provincial government to provide safety to lawyers, Mr. Khan’s murder is one of many cases in which lawyers have been targeted and killed in the area.

LRWC is alarmed by the continued targeted assassinations of lawyers in Pakistan and the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators as a result of Government inaction.

Six lawyers killed in Pakistan in the past 11 months:



Pakistan: Judges in the line of fire

April 26, 2018

Awais Ali Shah. ─ DawnNews

The judiciary is damned if it does and damned if it doesn’t. While hearing high profile cases, uncompromising judges and their families are vulnerable to countless threats. This includes intimidation, kidnapping and assassination attempts through shooting and bomb attacks. The firing on the residence of Justice Ejaz-ul-Ahsen, the monitoring judge in the ongoing NAB references against the Sharif family, their close aides and the former federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, a proclaimed fugitive in the highly has raised many questions — not to mention alarm.

The judge — whose house was attacked twice in less than 12 hours — was on a five member bench that had unanimously delivered the July 28 Panama verdict that led to the ouster of Nawaz Sharif from the Prime Minister’s (PM) office. He was also a part of the three member bench hearing the 17 petitions against the controversial 2017 Elections Act, which ruled that a person disqualified under Articles 62 and 63 cannot be the head of any political party. Consequently, Nawaz lost presidency of the PML-N.Justice Ahsen was also on the five -member bench that gave the ruling that a disqualification under Article 62(1)-f is for life.

In 2016, advocate Owais Ali Shah, the son of the then Sindh High Court Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah — who has been elevated to the Supreme Court since then — was kidnapped from Karachi. He was eventually recovered in a military operation.