Former Shia President of Malir District Bar Association and His Son , and a Shia Security Official and his Son Targetted & Martyred By SSP
JNN 24 Mar 2012 KARACHI: A senior Shia lawyer and his son were gunned down here on Saturday, bringing all judicial work in the city to a grinding halt. Advocate Salahuddin, ex-president of the Malir Bar Association (MBA), and his son Ali Raza were killed by the Terrorist wing of SSP as they were on their way to the Malir district bar.
According to police and eyewitnesses, the victims were intercepted by gunmen on a motorcycle while they were riding a rickshaw on their routine journey. The gunmen opened fire at close range, killing both men on the spot.
Their bodies were shifted to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for autopsy. The JPMC Medico Legal Officer (MLO) stated Salahuddin was shot four times while his son was shot twice.
The Bodies of the deceased after the completion of the Medico Legal formalities , were shifted to the Central Imambargah Jaffer e Tyar, where the Preperation were done for the funeral of the deceased and the Later on the Burial was also held at near by Graveyard .
Lawyers at the Malir district bar and the City Courts complex boycotted all court proceedings upon receiving the tragic news. An emergency meeting of lawyers was held at 1 pm at the City Courts complex, presided by the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) President Mehmoodul Hasan, where the enraged lawyers were urged to calm down. Senior lawyers stressed that any agitation would hamper investigations providing the killers ample time to evade justice.
KBA honorary secretary Khalid Mumtaz was extremely critical of the government for its apathy and the police for its inability to protect senior lawyers who he said were being targeted regularly. Naeem Qureshi, a Sindh Bar Council (SBC) member, reinforced the stance by adding that eight lawyers had been killed just three months into the current year. He alleged that this was part of a planned attempt targeting lawyers.
Members of the Malir Bar Association staged a sit-in on the National Highway, suspending vehicular traffic for a couple of hours. They dispersed peacefully when some senior officials from the police and Rangers assured them that they would apprehend the culprits soon and bring them to justice.
Taking notice of the killings, Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Musheer Alam ordered a judicial probe into the incident. Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan also took notice of the incident and directed the Sindh inspector general to personally supervise the investigations and file a report to him in 24 hours.
Initial police investigations recovered six small calibre casings from the crime scene which have been forwarded to the forensic laboratory. DSP Rao Iqbal told Our Correspondent that the motives behind the killings might be of a sectarian nature.
He added, however, that any concrete motive would only be uncovered once the investigations were completed.
The killings drew countrywide condemnation and a provincewide protest has been called for Monday. SBC has called for a boycott of court work on the day, while strikes will continue at the City Courts Complex and the Malir District Court.
In another Incident at DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A radio bomb killed a security official Ghulam Asghar and his son in the South Waziristan tribal district on Friday . “An official at the Wana Scouts camp, Ghulam Asghar, was killed in a bomb blast while two of his children were seriously injured,” political administration official Ghulam Asghar told Our Correspondent. “The explosive device was concealed in a radio set delivered to the official.” Asghar’s two injured sons were ferried to Peshawar where one of them succumbed to his wounds at a hospital.
All the Shia Political Parties and the Leaders have deeply condemned the Target Killing of the Shia Men across the country , as they were critical of the Point that One side of the Picture the Target Killing of Shia Men has accelerated , while on the other hand the proclaimed Offenders and the Proclaimed Banned Terrorist Organisations Like Sipah e Sahaba Pakistan , Lashkar e Jhangvi , Jundullah , Jamaat ut Dawa are being set free to roam free and hold Public rallies and their Leader are free to address Public gatherings and to Propogate Sectarianism , Extremism , and Hatred among the Masses .
Jafria Alliance and Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen, who condemned the killings and termed it the continuation of “persistent violence against the Shia community”.
Allama Abbas Kumaili and Maulana Hasan Zafar Naqvi, leaders of the two organisations, respectively, also demanded result-oriented investigations into the recent killings of lawyers.
The Shia Ulema council have also announced a three day Mourning , to protest against the Shia Target Killing and especially the Target Killing of the Senior Lawyer and his son.
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