Lawyers announce boycott of courts throughout Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council announced boycott of courts across the province today (Tuesday) in condemnation of the terrorist attack on Judicial Complex on Monday that killed four people and injured 47.

Following the call of KP Bar Council, Bar associations would observe complete boycott of courts across the province and hold protest meetings in respective bar rooms.Vice-Chairman of KP Bar Council, Fazal Tawab Khan stated that Pakistan Bar Council contacted him and condemned the terrorists attack. He said that Pakistan Bar Council, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan Bars have also announced to observe boycott today.

“This was an attempt by certain elements who wanted to get the general elections postponed but the lawyers will not allow that,” the vice-chairman of KP Bar said, adding the terrorists planed the loss of huge human lives like Quetta and Karachi and it was the reason they chose this place in the capital city. He said the KP Bar Council would hold an emergency meeting today to conceive a strategy for coming time.

The Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) officiating secretary general, Qazi Jawad Advocate stated that the lawyers would observe a complete boycott of Peshawar High Court and sub-ordinate courts in the provincial capital today.

He said no doubt the police stopped the terrorists from inflicting a huge loss, but still the police did not perform the way they should have done.

Some of the angry lawyers said that the two suicide bombers started firing at police on the entering point of lawyers’ car parking and then moved towards the Judicial Complex easily despite that policemen were on duty at various locations around the complex. They said the policemen could target the attackers before they reached the Judicial Complex but they failed to do so.