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Lawyers remember fallen colleagues of Quetta blast on first anniversary

Lawyers remember fallen colleagues of Quetta blast on first anniversary
August 08, 2017

QUETTA, 08 August: The lawyers’ community on Tuesday observed ‘black day’ to mark the first anniversary of the August 8, 2016 Quetta Civil Hospital suicide bombing, which killed more than 60 lawyers and left scores injured.
Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) called for a strike and day of mourning throughout the country to condemn the attack targeting lawyers. On PBC directives, lawyers across the country observed boycott of courts proceedings.
In this regard a condolence reference was held in Quetta to mark first anniversary of Quetta massacre. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar along with judges and lawyers from across the country attended the condolence reference to remember the fallen colleagues and pay homage to their sacrifices.
Addressing condolence reference in the provincial capital, CJP Justice Saqib Nisar said that terrorists want to destabilize Pakistan through their heinous activities, but the country will not break and will never allow their cowardly attempts to succeed. He call upon judiciary and other institutions to play active role to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country. He said that the lawyers’ community will never forgot their colleagues and friends who left them last year.
CJP said that talks are underway with Federal Interior Ministry to provide security to courts.
More than 70 people including 60 lawyers were killed on August 8, 2016 in a suicide bomb explosion at Civil Hospital in Quetta. Majority of the victims included lawyers who had gathered to protest over the assassination of Balochistan Bar Council (BBA) president Bilal Anwar Kasi and Journalists who had gathered to cover the event.

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