On Monday, the legal community held a general strike to condemn the burning of the Ziarat Residency, as well as the suicide bombing that killed female university students on a bus in Quetta and the ensuing attack on the Bolan Medical Complex.
The lawyers did not appear in court after 10:30am in protest of these brutal attacks. The Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) also held a general house meeting to condemn the tragedies.
At the meeting, LHCBA President Abid Saqi demanded the ousting of anti-state elements operating in Pakistan. He added that the government must work to protect the lives and property of citizens, especially those in Balochistan, many of whom have been killed or injured in terrorism incidents.
He also announced that the LHCBA and the Lahore Bar Association plan to draft a strategy for the restoration of law and order, which are necessary to protect human lives.
LHCBA Secretary Baleegh-uz-Zamn Chauhdry, former LHCBA President Ahmad Awais, Allah Bakhsh Gondal, and Mohammad Sharif Chohan spoke at the meeting as well. Later, fateha was offered for those who died in the attacks.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2013.
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