The capital’s legal fraternity on Monday observed a black day against last week’s terrorist incidents in Balochistan in which at least 28 people were killed and urged the newly-elected government to expedite efforts to bring peace in the province.
Members of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association and Islamabad District Bar Association (IDBA ) boycotted court proceedings and hoisted black flags on bar rooms. Twin attacks in Quetta had claimed the lives of students, doctors, security officials and the deputy commissioner.
In their general body meeting, lawyers passed a unanimous resolution condemning the attack on Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s residency in Ziarat.
“It’s the government’s responsibility to make a comprehensive strategy to eliminate terrorism from Balochistan,” said IDBA President Dr Muhammad Anwar. Lawyers also asked the government to secure historical places across the country.
Lawyers also expressed solidarity with the Baloch and promised moral support. The interior minister has constituted a joint investigation team to probe the attacks, reiterating that the government will only negotiate with those who lay down arms.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2013.
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