Lawyers in Balochistan observed a ‘black day’ throughout the province on Friday, boycotting all court proceedings to condemn the killing of Additional District and Sessions Judge Zulfiqar Ali Naqvi.
Unidentified assailants gunned down Naqvi along with his driver and security guard near GOR Colony on Thursday, while he was en route to court from his residence.
Lawyers hoisted black flags at bar rooms in protest, while courts in Quetta remained deserted as they refused to appear before superior and lower courts as well as local magistrates.
Strikes were also observed by the legal community in various other cities in Balochistan, including Mastung, Pishin, Chaman, Loralai, Panjgur, Sibi, Nushki, Nasirabad, Kharan, Kalat, and Khuzdar.
The body of the slain judge was moved to Karachi via a Pakistan International Airlines flight. Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa was present on the occasion along with other judges and senior lawyers.
Meanwhile, police and security agencies carried out raids in different parts of Quetta, rounding up around 50 suspects connected to Naqvi’s murder. Police officials said the accused were detained at different police stations, adding they were being investigated and those found innocent will be released soon.
Punjab Bar Council calls for strike
Lawyers in Punjab on Friday boycotted court proceedings in the lower courts to protest the killing of Additional District and Sessions Judge Zulfiqar Ali Naqvi in Quetta.
The lawyers abstained from at all sessions at the civil courts, banking courts, sessions courts and others. The Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) called for the strike. The PbBC demanded the government to arrest the killers and ensure the protection of judges and lawyers.
(WITH ADDITIONAL INPUT FROM APP)
Published in The Express Tribune, September 1st, 2012.