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.
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.
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.
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.