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Lawyers boycott courts as protest against killing of colleagues in DI Khan

Lawyers boycott courts as protest against killing of colleagues in DI Khan
May 09, 2016

PESHAWAR, 09 May: The legal fraternity of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday boycotted courts’ proceedings in the province as a protest against the killing of two lawyers in Dera Ismail Khan.

The strike call was given by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa bar council. The lawyers’ community held protest demonstrations in different cities to condemn the incident. They were of the view that the incumbent government has miserably failed to provide protection to citizens particularly to members of lawyers’ community.

On the other hand, the litigants were hit hard by the lawyers’ protest as their cases were not taken up for hearing by the courts due to non-availability of lawyers.

The litigants expressed annoyance over the lawyers’ strike and said they (lawyers) should not boycott courts’ proceedings keeping in view the hardships of general people.

It merits a mention here that four people from the minority Shia community including two lawyers were gunned down in separate incidents of target killing in Dera Ismail Khan a couple of days ago.

The killing was also protested by members of the Shia community. They had demanded of the government to arrest the perpetrators at the earliest.

They had threatened that if the killers were not arrested, they would siege the public meeting of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is expected to visit the southern KP district on May 14.

Apart from male members of the community, women protesters also participated in the demonstration. The protesters had blocked all the roads in the city.

They had said the frequent incidents of target killing had spread a wave of terror among them.

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