SIALKOT: Lawyers in different cities were boycotting court proceedings and holding demonstrations on Tuesday in protest of the killing of two lawyers by a police SHO in Sialkot the previous day.
Rallies were carried out in different cities today in which demonstrators chanted slogans against the government and police.
In Punjab, lawyers carried out a complete boycott of courts in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Sialkot, Gujranwala, and Sargodha districts. A similar scene was witnessed in Sindh province where members of the legal fraternity boycotted court proceedings in Khairpur, Nawabshah and Larkana.
Meanwhile, the two slain lawyers – Rana Khalid Abbas, the president of the Sialkot’s tehsil Daska bar association, and Irfan Chauhan – were laid to rest in Daska tehsil of Sialkot district.
Protests had erupted in several cities of Punjab on Monday after Abbas and Chauhan were reportedly shot dead by the SHO of the Daska City police station.
Following the killings, enraged lawyers held violent demonstrations in Sialkot, Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Multan, with protestors clashing with police and setting at least three buildings, including the DSP’s office in Daska, on fire.
The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the main lawyers’ association, had announced that a nationwide strike would be observed today in which lawyers would hold rallies in protest of the killings.The council also announced three days of mourning.
In a statement, the council condemned the murder of the two lawyers, demanding the Punjab government to immediately arrest the killers and take measures to ensure the protection of lawyers.
The Islamabad District Bar and High Court Bar associations also announced a boycott of court proceedings across the country.
The Islamabad Bar Association had demanded immediate resignation from Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. The lawyers have also demanded neutral investigation into the incident.
The Punjab provincial government announced that a judicial inquiry would be carried out to ascertain those responsible for the killings.
Inspector General Police (IGP) Punjab, Mushtaq Sukhera also vowed that a transparent investigation would be conducted saying that a probe would be launched in accordance with all legal requirements.