SUKKUR/ HYDERABAD/ KARACHI: Lawyers across Sindh stayed away from the courts on Wednesday, protesting the murder of a senior lawyer by armed men in Gambat.
Lawyer Sahib Khan Kanasaro was on the way to his village from Gambat on a motorcycle on Tuesday. When he reached Agra-Gambat Road near Jadu Wahan, six unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle shot him dead and fled. When informed, the Gambat police reached the crime scene and shifted the body to a hospital, which was later handed over to relatives after post-mortem. The victim was the father of a judge of an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Karachi, Farman Ali Kanasaro. Lawyers in Karachi boycotted courts on Wednesday on the call of the Sindh Bar Council against the killing. "Karachi Bar Association (KBA) observed a complete strike and none of the lawyers appeared before the court," said advocate Saleem, a member of the KBA governing committee. "We demand the arrest of the culprits who murdered Kanasaro and other lawyers in the past." The Malir Bar Association observed a similar protest. However, some ATCs in Karachi functioned.
Lawyers also boycotted legal proceedings at the Sindh High Court, causing hardships for hundreds of litigants. Dozens of cases fixed on the day had to be adjourned as lawyers did not turn up . Members of the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.
Similarly, the legal fraternity throughout Khairpur and in other districts stayed away from the courts on Wednesday to show solidarity with the deceased and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits. The Gambat Bar Association announced three days of mourning. Meanwhile, lawyers also boycotted proceedings in the SHC Hyderabad Circuit Bench, District and Sessions Court, Civil Court and other subordinate courts to condemn the killing.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2015.