The proceedings in the Sarfraz Shah murder case trial were adjourned till Tuesday as defence lawyers moved an application seeking an adjournment on account of a protest by lawyers over the killing of a senior lawyer.
Their colleague Mukhtar Abbas Bokhari was gunned down on Saturday evening while returning from the City Courts.
In their joint application, the lawyers referred to a strike by the Karachi and Malir bar associations among other bodies including the Sindh Bar Council.
Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso of the Anti-Terrosim Court allowed the request and adjourned the proceeding till 11 am on Tuesday.
Six Rangers personnel and a civilian are facing trial in the high profile murder case of June 8 in Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park.
The lawyers went on a complete strike over the alleged target killing of Bokhari. The courts were deserted as lawyers gathered at the Shuhada-e-Punjab Hall of the KBA where an emergency general body meeting was held. KBA president Muhammad Aqil, secretary Syed Haider Imam Rizvi, Hanif Kashmiri, Mushtaq Jahangiri, Salahuddin Gandapur were among those who criticised what they said was the government’s attitude over the killing of lawyers in Karachi. They declared the government a “complete failure” and said if such incidents were not checked, the lawyers may have to take drastic action. They demanded compensation of three million rupees for the families of each deceased lawyer.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2011.
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