CJP takes suo motu notice of Quetta bombing

Published: August 31, 2016
Supreme court will take up the suo motu case after Eidul Azha. PHOTO: AFP

Supreme court will take up the suo motu case after Eidul Azha. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Wednesday took suo motu notice of the Quetta attack which killed over 70 people, including lawyers, on August 8.

CJP Jamali also sought a report from IG Balochistan regarding the ongoing investigation. The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) had issued an ultimatum to the federal and provincial government to apprehend the culprits behind the Quetta carnage by August 19 or face demonstration in front of the Parliament House.

Quetta weeps again

At least 70 people, nearly half of them lawyers, were killed and more than a hundred wounded in a suicide attack targeting mourners gathered at a state-run hospital. The Balochistan government announced three days of official mourning for the victims of the terrorist attack, one of the deadliest in the country’s history.

The bomber struck as a crowd of lawyers and journalists crammed into the Emergency Department of the Provincial Sandeman Hospital, known as Civil Hospital, after the fatal shooting of president of the Balochistan Bar Association (BBA) Bilal Anwar Kasi earlier in the morning.

Nation mourns victims of Quetta blast

Following the attack, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), for the first time called a strike, urging the CJP to take notice.

Further, seeking a report from IG Islamabad, CJP Jamali also took suo motu notice over the killing of Barrister Fahad Malik in Islamabad on August 15.

Nisar awards officials for nabbing Fahad murder case prime suspect

Fahad, the nephew of former Senate chairman Mohammedmian Soomro, was gunned down in F-10/3. Fahad’s uncle Malik Tariq Ayub was also injured in the attack.

According to the police, Fahad died of bullet wounds. He was hit by four bullets in an exchange of fire between two rival groups — one led by Raja Asad and the other by Hussain Malik.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Uza Syed
    Aug 31, 2016 - 1:06PM

    Ha! Ha! Haa!Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Aug 31, 2016 - 3:39PM

    CJ has just woken up after so many days. If this is the reaction to the problem of is own community, then one can imagine his reaction to the problems of the general public issues. August 19 has passed, why the lawyers community of Baluchistan not moved to sit in front of Parliament ? Recommend

  • Aliya K
    Aug 31, 2016 - 7:42PM

    CJP needs to stop fishing for media attention and handle the cases brought in front of him not invent his own! Public has had enough of Suo Motto’s Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Sep 1, 2016 - 2:13AM

    Honorable Chief Justice Of the Supreme Court of Pakistan should have taken suo motu notice on Panama leaks which is far more important and requires a courageous heart like Iftkhar Chaudahry (R SC CJ) without fear or remorseRecommend

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