Shia lawyer killed in Peshawar

Advocate Malik Jarar was driving his children to school when unidentified men opened fire on him.

Riaz Ahmad February 08, 2013
Malik Jarar later succumbed to his injuries. PHOTO: MOHAMMAD SAQIB/FILE

PESHAWAR: A senior Shia lawyer, Advocate Malik Jarar Hussain, was shot dead on Gulbahar Road in Peshawar on Friday morning.  He was also a council member and a former vice-chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s (HRCP) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter.

Jarar was dropping his children to school when two motorcyclists intercepted his car on Gulbahar Road and shot him. He was being rushed to Lady Reading Hospital when he passed away.

The attackers managed to flee the area after the incident.

The lawyer was a resident of Gunj inside the walled city of Peshawar, but he was residing in Asad Anwar Colony in Gulbahar.

Members of the Shia community lashed out at the provincial government and police for their failure to provide security.

The HRCP strongly condemned the killing. A statement issued by the commission said, “HRCP condemns Malik Jarar’s killing in the strongest words and condoles with the family for their loss.”

“As HRCP grieves the loss of a fearless human rights defender and a fine gentleman, it calls upon the government for the umpteenth time to take measures to guarantee safety of human rights defenders and indeed all citizens and hopes that effective steps will be taken to bring Jarar’s murderers to justice.”

Two Shia doctors, a police SP and a number of others have been killed in sectarian attacks during the past few months in Peshawar.

Earlier, in January 2013, Lawyers from the district bar association had observed a strike and boycotted court proceedings demanding an action by the government to provide security to the lawyers and arrest the culprits.


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US CENTCOM | 11 years ago | Reply

It is sad when innocent lives are lost, and it is even sadder when a father is ruthlessly killed in front of his children. To say the least, it leaves them emotionally damaged. We strongly condemn this ruthless killing and send our condolences to the children who had to endure the pain of watching their father getting killed. Violence has no place in any society, and we reach out to all who had their family members killed in senseless violence.

Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command

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