Islamabad/ wah cantt-Legal fraternity of the federal capital yesterday boycotted the court proceedings and observed complete strike in protest against the brutal killings of their fellow lawyers, media persons and innocent civilians in the tragic bomb blast in Quetta.

In this regard, Registrar Islamabad High Court (IHC) acting upon the directions of the IHC Chief Justice, Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi, reviewed the security arrangements of the IHC building as well as subordinate courts of Islamabad.

On the other hand, as per strike calls issued by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and Islamabad Bar Council (IBC), lawyers in Islamabad observed complete strike and did not appear before the courts.

A general body meeting of the Islamabad lawyer bodies was held in Shohda Hall of F-8 and it was attended by members of Islamabad district bar association, Islamabad High Court Bar Association and members of IBC.

A delegation of SCBA with its president Barrister Ali Zafar also participated in the meeting.

Addressing to the meeting, Barrister Ali Zafar said that the state should assume its responsibility of protecting soft targets like, schools, colleges, courts, hospitals and markets. He remarked that not only lawyers but every Pakistani needs protection of life and that is incumbent upon state to provide.

While addressing to the participants, other lawyer leaders said that the government did not provide security to the Islamabad courts despite March 3, 2014 terrorism incident. They said that now the lawyers themselves will activate and negotiate with interior ministry and inspector general of police to convey their reservations.

Later, lawyers offered funeral prayer in absentia for the deceased persons of August 8 Quetta blast .

 Meanwhile, Shia Citizens Action Forum yesterday condemned the Quetta bomb blast in strong words.

In a press statement issued here, the Shia Citizens Action Forum said, “As we stand in solidarity with the families of our lawyers, doctors, nurses, journalists and citizens who perished in this blast, we feel it would be a disservice to our fallen fellow Pakistanis to utter the same clichés and reinforce tired apologist narratives.” This horrific tragedy has left hundreds of families devastated at a place that is meant to save lives, not steal them. “Sadly, for many of us, this was a repetition of the horrors we have witnessed earlier,” the statement said. 

“For the last two months, Allama Raja Nasir of MWM has been bravely leading a hunger strike to protest the targeted killings and persecution of all faith groups in Pakistan. He has been supported by Sunni, Christian, Sikh and Hindu leaders in his peaceful stand against the terrorists of banned outfits.” The Shia Citizens Action Forum also prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls.

 Meanwhile, Press Club Taxila and Wah Cantt held an emergency meeting here yesterday and protested against the Quetta blast .  

According to details, the journalists staged protest against the killing of lawyers and journalists in Quetta. They condemned the attack and expressed grief over the loss of lives. They termed it a coward act of terror. They expressed their heartfelt grief over large number of casualties in Quetta bomb blast and said the government has failed to protect lives of people.

The individuals who spoke on this occasion were Mushtaq Naqvi, President Press Club Tehsil Taxila and Wah, Iqbal from Watan Dost Forum, Malik Najeebur Rehman, President PPP Taxila, Rizvan Haider, President Union of Journalist Taxila, and Nadeem Zaidi, Secretary General Press Club Wah Cantt.

ISLAMABAD: Policemen stand alert at the gate of Islamabad Bar Association office, as security has been beefed up in district courts.-Staff photo by Syed Mehdi

ISLAMABAD: Lawyers of Islamabad Bar Association offering funeral prayer in absentia for victims of Quetta bomb blast.-Staff photo by Syed Mehdi