April 25, 2017
April 14, 2017
The Lahore High Court Bar Association said on Friday that it will take action against any lawyer who extends his services to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death+ by a Pakistani military court.
“The LHBA has unanimously decided to cancel the membership of any lawyer who offers his services to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav,” Lahore High Court Bar Association secretary-general Amer Saeed Raan said after a meeting of the bar on Friday.
He said the bar has asked the government not to bow to any foreign pressure in the case of Jadhav+ .
“India has declared Jadhav its son and is putting pressure on the Pakistani government for his release. We demand that the Indian spy who is involved in playing with lives of Pakistanis should not be spared and the government (should) ensure his hanging,” he said.
Meanwhile, Indian high commissioner in Islamabad Gautam Bambawale will be meeting Pakistan foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua in connection with the case of Jadhav.
March 30, 2017
A suspected militant on Thursday shot and killed a lawyer from Pakistan’s minority Ahmadi sect over blasphemy allegations in eastern Punjab province, police said.
The attacker was arrested shortly after killing the lawyer, Saleem Latif, in the town of Nankana, local police official Nazim Alid said. Latif was from a prominent Ahmadi family and was a cousin of Pakistan’s 1979 Nobel physics laureate Abdus Salam.
“We quickly arrested the attacker who claims that Saleem Latif was involved in blasphemy,” he said.
Hours after the incident, a spokesman for the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. The spokesman, Ali Bin Sufyan, said in a statement that Latif was killed for adhering to the beliefs of the Ahmadi sect.
The Ahmadi faith was established in the Indian subcontinent in the 19th century by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who followers believe was a prophet.
Pakistan’s declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974 and they are often targeted by Sunni militant groups.
March 28, 2017
Of the 280 practising lawyers in Quetta, 56 were killed and 92 were injured in a blast at Civil Hospital last year. With courts completely closed for the following three months and lawyers boycotting in protest until very recently, people saw no choice but to head to jirgas to resolve their issues.
Quetta weeps again
weeps againAbdul Hafiz is one such person. His young son Jalal remained in jail for four months because his lawyer was killed in the explosion and courts stopped working. “A fellow villager tried to illegally build a shop on our land and my son got into a fight with him. In such cases, court grants bail in the second or third hearing but my son languished in jail for so long because he didn’t have any legal aid,” Hafiz shares.
After hiring a new lawyer, the helpless father says, he got his son out of the jail and registered his case with a jirga to get swift justice.
Jirgas are seen as an easy source of justice as they require no money and the matter is resolved in a month or two. Headed by tribal elders and religious clerics, the jirgas base their decisions on consensus in the light of Islamic laws and local traditions. One of these is Balochistan Aman Jirga, which is made up of Pashtun, Baloch, Hazara and Punjabi elders in Quetta. It is currently working on 500 major and minor cases.
March 28, 2017
Two recent attackson a van carrying Judges in Peshawar and outside Tangi court amplify the objective of the terrorists to persistently hit one of the most important components of the Criminal Justice System (CJS). These incidents lead to a number of questions that need to be addressed. During the climax of militancy,the police primarily remained in the line of fire but gradually other practitioners of CJS including judges, lawyers, prosecutors and jail officers also became victims of terrorism.
Despite dismally low conviction rates, why are courts ideal targets? Actually, after long spell of militancy and large number of arrests of militants,the public expects higher conviction rates. And the extremists through their relentless attacks want to keep the courts under pressure.
The list of attacks is long. In February 2007, detonation by a suicide attacker in the court of senior civil judge Quetta robbed lives of 16 including the judge and 6 lawyers. Two terror attacks at Peshawar court within the time span of a month claimed lives of many in 2009. In March 2013, two bombers again targeted the judicial complex Peshawar andfour lives were lost. In March 2014, in a gun-and-bomb attack 11 people, including an additional district and sessions judge, were killed inside the District Courts Islamabad.
In March 2016, a suicide bomber detonated in front of Shabqadar court resulted into death of 10 persons. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar (JuA) claimed responsibility for the attack and pleaded the reason behind it was vengeance for the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri. In August 2016 a suicide bomber targeted lawyers gathered in a hospital in Quetta resulted in death of 70. Later in 2016, a Mardan court was attacked.
Attacks on courts in Afghanistan and Pakistan show similarities of modus operandi and in the selection of targets.
March 20, 2017
The Law Society of Upper Canada* expresses grave concern about the suicide bomb attack against judges in Pakistan.
Reports indicate that on February 15, 2017, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle struck a van carrying four judges in Peshawar, Pakistan, killing the driver of the van and injuring the judges.
Shortly thereafter, the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing and warned that further attacks targeting the judiciary should be expected. A spokesperson for the militant group stated, “We would continue to target Pakistani judiciary and judges as they are helping imprison the mujahideen.” The term “mujahideen” refers to the group’s fighters.
In response to the attack, the Sindh High Court Bar Association demanded that the federal and provincial governments provide adequate security to members of the judiciary and the legal profession in Pakistan. Meanwhile, lawyers in various cities across the country participated in strikes and protests.
The Law Society of Upper Canada urges the Government of Pakistan to comply with Pakistan’s obligations under international human rights laws, including the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary.
Articles 1 to 6 of the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary state:
March 20, 2017
Fists went flying in an Islamabad district court when a group of lawyers thrashed a policeman who was testifying before a judge.
ASI Javed Sultan of the Margalla police had been summoned by Judicial Magistrate Jawad Hussain Adil after a lawyer filed a complaint claiming that the official had misbehaved with him.
On the night of March 14, the policeman had stopped a lawyer riding on a motorbike near the Faisal Mosque for spot checking. When the lawyer, Imdadullah, could not produce registration papers for the bike, following standard operating procedures, Sultan took the lawyer to the local police station and impounded the bike. It was returned to the lawyer the next day after the lawyer brought the registration papers for the vehicle.
Imdadullah then filed a complaint before a magistrate claiming that the policeman had misbehaved with him and had called him names.
Magistrate Jawad Hussain Adil admitted the lawyer’s application and summoned the policeman on March 18.