Tag Archives: Pakistan

Pakistan: Islamabad lawyers thrash cop, then go on strike

March 20, 2017

The Express Tribune

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.








Pakistan: KP lawyers boycott courts

March 7, 2017

The lawyers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday observed a strike to protest the recent killing of a senior advocate in a targeted attack.

The lawyers in Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Kohat and Hangu observed complete strike on the call of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council and Peshawar High Court Bar Association.

The members of the community stayed away from courts. However, lawyers of other districts observed Monday as mourning day. Like other districts, lawyers in Peshawar boycotted the Peshawar High Court and sub-ordinate courts.

Bilal Khan Khalil, Press Secretary to the PHCBA, said senior lawyer Muhammad Jan Gigyani was killed and his nephew Rahim Shah suffered injuries in an attack on their vehicle by armed men near Shabqadar on Saturday.

According to police, Muhammad Jan Gigyani, who was a leader of the Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), was travelling in his car along with Rahim Shah and two other lawyers to Shabqadar tehsil courts when the attackers on a motorcycle opened fire on them.

Gigyani suffered fatal injuries and died in a hospital, while Rahim Shah was wounded in the attack. The other two lawyers remained unhurt. Reportedly, Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Peshawar High Court Bar Association President Muzammil Khan said the lawyers and courts were under attack in the province. He urged the government to protect the lawyers.




Pakistan: Prominent lawyer shot dead in targeted attack in Shabqadar

March 4, 2017

The Express Tribune

Prominent lawyer and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) nationalist leader, Muhammad Jan Gigyani was gunned down on Saturday in an act of targeted killing in Shabqadar, a small town in Charsadda tehsil of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

Police said Gigyani was on his way to a local court located in Haji Zai Shabqadar along with his nephew when unidentified motorcyclists opened fire at their vehicle on main Peshawar Shabqadar Road.

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As a result of the attack that occurred at 9:00am today, the QWP leader and his nephew were critically injured.

They were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, where Gigyani succumbed to his injuries. His nephew is still being given medical treatment.



Pakistan: Restive Pakistani city in legal limbo since bombing killed, injured 150 lawyers

February 24, 2017

Pakistan’s Balochistan Province has long had a reputation for lawlessness, but it’s never been truer on a practical level than it is today. More than half the provincial capital’s lawyers were killed or injured in a bombing last August, and thousands of cases remain in legal limbo.
On 8 August, a bomb ripped through a hospital where lawyers had gathered to mourn a colleague who had been shot and killed just hours earlier. Of Quetta’s approximately 280 practising lawyers, about 100 were injured and 56 were killed, according to the Balochistan Bar Council.
The blast blew Balochistan’s legal system into disarray. Courts were closed for three months, and lawyers continue to strike two days a week to demand more police protection.
“The 56 lawyers who were killed had almost 5,000 cases and 70 percent of them are still stalled,” Ali Kakar, a lawyer at the Balochistan High Court, told IRIN.
The bombing has left a gaping judicial hole in a province where the rule of law was already tenuous, and violent attacks and human rights violations commonplace.



Pakistan: KP lawyers observe strike against Charsadda suicide attack

February 23, 2017

The lawyer community on Wednesday observed a strike across the province against the suicide attack on local courts in Tangi tehsil of Charsadda district in which eight people, including a four-year-old child, were killed and 25 others injured.

The lawyer community stayed away from courts  across the province on the call of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council. Like other districts, the Peshawar High Court and subordinate courts adjourned the cases due to lawyers’ boycott.

Meanwhile, PHC Chief Justice Yahya Afridi visited the local courts in Tangi and inspected the area and security measures.

The chief justice met the judges and lawyers of Tangi Bar Association. During his visit and talks with the lawyers, he appreciated the timely action of the local police for thwarting the attack by not allowing the terrorists to enter the courts premises and saved both the litigants and lawyers.






Pakistan: 6 killed as suicide bombers from Taliban faction storm Charsadda court

February 21, 2017

Pakistan blast

Six people were killed and more than 20 others injured when a group of suicide bombers from a Taliban faction attempted to storm a court complex in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks across the country since last week.

Three attackers hit the sessions court in Tangi town of Charsadda district. They lobbed grenades and fired at the policemen guarding the complex before one attacker blew himself up near the gate. The other two, who were also wearing suicide vests, were gunned down by police.

District mayor Fahad Riaz confirmed the casualties. A lawyer was among the dead, officials said.

The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Taliban, claimed the attack.

The court complex was crowded in the morning and deputy inspector general of police Ijaz Khan said police averted a major tragedy by preventing the attackers from entering the courthouse.











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Pakistan: View from the courtroom: Attack on judges’ vehicle exposes security loopholes

February 20, 2017

In the recent spate of acts of terrorism in parts of Pakistan the judiciary was also targeted when a suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into an official vehicle carrying judges of the subordinate judiciary on Feb 15. The occurrence resulted into the death of the official driver, Khursheed Khan, and injuries to four of the five civil judges boarding the vehicle.

The incident exposed the vulnerability of judicial officers and others attached with the legal profession, including lawyers. As the proscribed TTP claimed responsibility for the attack, another militant outfit Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed in a recent video footage that the judiciary and its attached institutions are on their hit list.

In the wake of the recent incidents security arrangements have been beefed up at the Peshawar High Court, Judicial Complex and Peshawar registry of the Supreme Court as well as courts in other cities. Not only Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Yahya Afridi visited the Judicial Complex, which in past was twice targeted by terrorists, to examine the security arrangements, the high-ups of police also looked into the security arrangements in those buildings.

Ever since the acts of terrorism by militant outfits started in the country over a decade ago, the militants continued to target judiciary-related institutions from time to time. Several incidents took place in the country, including in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, when militants attacked different courts and lawyers.