The lawyers’ community of the city stayed away from courts on Thursday in order to mourn the death of a colleague in a targeted attack in Gulshan-e-Iqbal a day earlier.
Mubarak Ali Kazmi was gunned down in Block 13-D of Gulshan-e-Iqbal within the limits of Aziz Bhatti police station on July 23. Kazmi, the son-in-law of renowned scholar Allama Talib Jauhri, was on his way home from the City Courts when four men riding two motorcycles shot him dead.
The police believed that Kazmi was killed in a sectarian attack, adding that the assailants opened fire on him when he stopped to buy fruits.
The lawyers boycotted the proceedings of the Sindh High Court, City Courts, Malir courts and anti-terrorism courts to mourn and condemn the death of the senior lawyer. While expressing solidarity with the bereaved family, the lawyers demanded early arrest of the culprits and exemplary punishment awarded to them.
The lawyers also expressed dismay over the failure of the government and the law enforcing agencies over the targeted killing of lawyers in the city and province with frequent intervals.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.