Lawyers boycott courts after blast
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. –