PESHAWAR/ABBOTTABAD: Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) boycotted court proceedings on Thursday in protest against the attack on Bacha Khan University on Wednesday. Lawyers condemned the attack in which at least 21 people died.
A notification issued by the K-P Bar Council said lawyers were to observe a complete strike in courts in the province in protest against the incident. The bar announced no lawyer would appear before the court on Thursday.
PHCBA president Fida Gul said terrorists attacked the Bacha Khan University on the 28th anniversary of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan—a proponent of peace—proving they were the enemies of peace and Islam.
He added, “Blood thirsty monsters killed innocent people and created an atmosphere of sorrow and agony in the country.” The PHCBA president said Pukhtuns were peace-loving people and such an attack could not deter them as they were determined to defeat terrorists. He said, “Terrorists will be doomed.”
Gul stated terrorists were not humans and the whole nation was united against them.
Meanwhile, PHCBA General Secretary Muhammad Saeed Khan demanded the government to implement National Action Plan in spirit to root out terrorism from the country.
Lawyers also boycotted court proceedings in Abbottabad on Thursday in protest against the incident. They offered prayers for the departed souls and condemned the barbaric attack.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 22nd, 2016.