Lawyers boy­cott courts af­ter blast

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PAK­ISTAN’S top lawyers boy­cotted court pro­ceed­ings through­out much of the coun­try yes­ter­day in protest against a sui­cide bomb which killed 70 peo­ple in Balochis­tan, in­clud­ing many from the le­gal pro­fes­sion.

The at­tack on Au­gust 8 on a hospi­tal in Quetta was one of the dead­li­est in the coun­try’s long bat­tle against mil­i­tancy.

The ex­plo­sion came as some 200 lawyers along with jour­nal­ists had gath­ered at the Civil Hospi­tal to mourn the fa­tal shoot­ing of a top pro­vin­cial lawyer, with wit­nesses de­scrib­ing hor­rific scenes as medics bat­tled to save scores of wounded.

“Lawyers through­out the coun­try will boy­cott court pro­ceed­ings on Tues­day in protest against the killing of lawyers in Quetta yes­ter­day,” said a state­ment from the Pak­istan Bar Coun­cil, adding that pro­vin­cial and dis­trict bar coun­cils would fol­low suit.

Balochis­tan gov­ern­ment spokesper­son Anwar-ul-Haq Kakar said schools in the prov­ince would also be closed “to mourn the loss”.

Fu­ner­als have al­ready been held for many of the vic­tims, he said.

“Those who were liv­ing in and close to Quetta city have al­ready buried their loved ones, while those be­long­ing to far flung ar­eas will be buried to­day,” he said. –

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