The city’s lawyers went on strike on Tuesday to protest the murder of Advocate Nasrullah Warraich, a former chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council executive committee.
Members of the Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore Bar Association boycotted court proceedings except in the most urgent cases. The lawyers wore black armbands and demanded that the killer be arrested within three days. The LHCBA has called a general house meeting today where it will likely pass a resolution condemning Warraich’s killing. They may also later stage a rally.
Warraich was gunned down on Monday evening by two unidentified men aged 20 to 25 travelling on a red Honda CD-70 motorbike, according to the FIR registered on the complaint of his son Tahir Nasrullah, police sources said. The advocate was laid to rest at the GOR-II graveyard after funeral prayers at the Gulshan-i-Ravi football ground at 2pm.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, former chief justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif and Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi also attended the funeral.
Police officials said that the murder investigation had not gone very far yet as the family was very busy dealing with visitors offering condolences. Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa visited the family on Monday night and a steady stream of lawyers and politicians visited them on Tuesday.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 11th, 2012.