Sukkur lawyers protest attack on Peshawar judges

Say government out of touch with reality and fails to control terrorism


Sarfaraz Memon February 16, 2017
PHOTO: AGHA MEHROZ/EXPRESS

SUKKUR: The legal fraternity staged on Thursday demonstrations in major cities and towns of upper Sindh protesting Wednesday’s terrorist attack that targeted judges in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Civil judge Asif Jadoon and three female judges of the lower judiciary were targeted in Hayatabad’s Phase V area by a lone suicide bomber, killing the driver of the van the judges were travelling in and injuring the four judges.

The proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for the attack.

One killed in suicide attack on Peshawar judges

The protesting lawyers, while condemning the terrorist act, blamed the government for failing to fulfill its “constitutional duty” of protecting the lives and properties of people.

In Sukkur, the lawyer fraternity led by office-bearers of the District Bar Association staged the protest in the district and sessions court.

While addressing the protesters, the lawyers’ leaders criticised the government for being “out of touch” with reality and said that “the federal government despite making tall claims has failed to curb terrorists’ activities [in the country]”.

“The government’s wrong policies have led the terrorists to first target personnel of law-enforcement agencies, then lawyers and now judges,” said one lawyer.

The lawyers’ fraternity also criticised the government’s apathetic attitude towards tackling the issue of terrorism.

“Terrorists have once again started their cowardly attacks [with impunity],” said another lawyer.

They demanded the rulers to step down if they are incapable of running the country properly.

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