Dr Shakil Afridi's advocate shot dead near Peshawar

Published: March 17, 2015
Advocate Samiullah Afridi. PHOTO: AFP

Advocate Samiullah Afridi. PHOTO: AFP

Dr Shakil Afridi’s lawyer Samiullah Afridi was shot dead near Peshawar on Tuesday.

Police officials confirmed that Samiullah was shot dead at on Warsak Road. The official added unidentified assailants fired at Samiullah’s car injuring him. The lawyer later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Samiullah had fled to Dubai in December 2013 after receiving threats from militants but was visiting the country.

Read: Samiullah Afridi flees to Dubai after receiving threats

Shakeel Afridi was jailed for 33 years in May 2012 after he was convicted of ties to militants, though some US lawmakers said the case was revenge for Afridi helping in the search for the al Qaeda chief.

Afridi was convicted under Pakistan’s tribal justice system and last year a tribunal cut 10 years off his sentence.

Read: Fresh legal turmoil for Dr Shakil Afridi

But his efforts to clear his name on appeal have been hit by long delays and adjournments and suffered another blow earlier this month as the tribunal hearing his appeal was dissolved.

Samiullah was on the panel of lawyers who defended Dr Shakil Afridi in his cases before the political administration of Khyber Agency and FCR Tribunal.

TTP splinter group claims responsibility for attack

Taliban splinter group Jamatul Ahrar claimed responsibility for the killing of Dr Shakil Afridi’s lawyer Samiullah Afridi.

“We claim responsibility for the killing of Shakil Afridi’s defence lawyer,” spokesman for TTP JA, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told The Express Tribune by phone late on Tuesday.

“Others who linked themselves to Afridi’s case should expect such action,” Ehsan warned.

He rejected the earlier reported claim of the attack by banned group, Jundullah.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Nangyal
    Mar 17, 2015 - 8:29PM

    Death of sanity.Recommend

    Mar 17, 2015 - 8:32PM

    Dubai has become hub of all criminal activity from money laundering to nudity and sheltering criminals from mostly Asian countries.Recommend

  • S K Chadha
    Mar 17, 2015 - 8:32PM

    May God rest his and Shakeel’s all future advocates soul in peace. Recommend

  • JD
    Mar 17, 2015 - 8:57PM

    Handling this case in itself is a death sentence.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 17, 2015 - 9:47PM

    Disgraceful. This is murder and can not be ever justified.

    ALL accussed should have the right to representation and a fair trial.

    No one should take the law into their own hands.Recommend

  • Khan Gul
    Mar 17, 2015 - 11:38PM

    May Allah SWT bless deceased. If somebody can reach out to his family please advise them to do a secluded funeral prayer as this devils are known to attack funeral prayers of their victims as well.Recommend

  • Mar 18, 2015 - 12:01AM

    Not a good sign for doctor himself. He must be escorted to a safer place b4 any attempt is made on his life.@S K Chadha: Recommend

    Mar 18, 2015 - 12:23AM

    I agree and should be in the same manner @S K Chadha: Recommend

    Mar 18, 2015 - 12:26AM


  • faisal
    Mar 18, 2015 - 4:26AM

    Everyone is entitled to a lawyer. U can’t punish a lawyer for someone’s crime. When will this jungli nation understand the difference between an accused and his lawyer?Recommend

  • Abc
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:54AM

    No one is safe in this country and I mean no one by the fault of our own.Recommend

  • Ibaad
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:56AM

    Every citizen has a right to a fair trial which is impossible without a lawyer representing his/her case without any pressures. It causes me incredible pain when I see basic human rights being denied to fellow citizens in my beloved country and even more so when I see some people trying to justify it. Recommend

  • Prada
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:07AM

    His crime was that he defended the man who was charged with bringing a mass murderer to justice. Pakistan’s moral compass is broken.Recommend

  • Jim
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:20AM

    Congratulations Pakistan. A few more spirals into the black hole Recommend

  • kulwant singh
    Mar 18, 2015 - 6:28AM

    This shows there is no writ of the Govt and judges can not do justice to there duties, every criminal have the right to be defended, even Ajmal Kasab who was tried for Mumbai attacks was provided a lawyer and he pleaded his case with full professional competance.Recommend

  • S K Chadha
    Mar 18, 2015 - 7:09AM

    @singh: and @ Nadeem: Dr. Shakeel’s life is protected by $$$.Recommend

  • singh
    Mar 18, 2015 - 5:27PM

    But how long?@S K Chadha: Recommend

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