Bus firing tragedy: Legal fraternity observes strike

Karachi: The regular work at the Sindh High Court and subordinate courts came to a halt on Thursday as the legal fraternity observed full-day strike in protest against the attack on an Ismaili community bus that left 45 dead and over 10 wounded.

This yet another strike in a week hit the litigants hard, among them most affected were those who had come to the SHC from far-flung areas to have their cases heard. Hundreds of the cases were adjourned, adding to the backlog of the cases. At the subordinate courts, under trial prisoners were most affected, facing yet another delay on account of the strike.

The SHC and subordinate courts presented deserted look as the lawyers stayed away from the courts. The black flags were hoisted at the bar associations’ offices.

Earlier on Wednesday, the SHC Bar Association, Karachi and Malir Bar Associations had announced to observe strike at courts against the horrific attack. At the request of bar association, SHC chief justice suspended the legal work at SHC.

The general body meetings of the SHCBA, KBA and MBA, held at their respective offices, were attended by a large number of lawyers who prayed for the departed souls and expressed deep sympathy with the bereaved families on death of their beloveds. The legal fraternity strongly condemned the inhuman attack on the country’s one of the most peaceful community.

The SHCBA’s honorary secretary, Mohammad Saleem Mangrio said it appeared that the law enforcers as well as government had failed to protect the lives of citizens.

The bar association passed a resolution, which called upon the federal and provincial government as well as military authorities to take cognizance of the deteriorating law and order situation of the metropolis. It demanded that the authorities should ensure that all citizens are provided protection and all-out measures are taken to nail and punish the attackers.

The bar association requested the government to fulfill its constitutional obligation and implement the National Action Plan.

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