PESHAWAR: Much to the dismay of litigants, lawyers boycotted all court proceedings in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday to protest against the abduction, rape and murder of a four-year-old girl in Mardan and the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in an alleged ‘encounter’ in Karachi.
The strike call had been issued by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Bar Association and was dutifully observed by lawyers.
Having abandoned court hearings, lawyers streamed into the hall of the bar association for a general body meeting. They condemned the K-P government for its failure to make any progress in tracking the murderer of the young girl.
Lawyers demanded that the girl’s killer must be arrested forthwith and should be given an exemplary punishment.
The general body also passed three resolutions on Tuesday,
The first resolution was the Mardan incident and the government’s failure to provide immediate justice to the family. The second resolution condemned the Sindh Police for the extrajudicial killing of Naqeeb Mehsud in an alleged police encounter.
In the third resolution, lawyers condemned the K-P government for failing to fulfil their long-standing demands for basic facilities.
Lawyers elaborated that they were calling on the government resolve the car parking issue near the Peshawar High Court and to build a dedicated car park for them.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2018.
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