Balochistan lawyers boycott courts.
By Nouroz Baloch
Lawyers boycotted proceedings of courts in Balochistan in protest against the killing of a kidnapped lawyer and demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the case.
Advocate Zaman Marri was kidnapped on Aug 18 in Quetta and his body was found by police on Sept 6 in Mustang, some 40km south of the provincial capital.
Lawyers boycotted proceedings of the high court, sessions and civil courts in the city and courts in all other district headquarters of the province.
Addressing a joint press conference at the press club, Balochistan Bar Association President Baz Muhammad Kakar, Balochistan High Court Bar Association President Shakeel Ahmed Hadi and Supreme Court Bar Association’s Vice President Amanullah Kanrani announced that lawyers would continue their boycott on Wednesday and Thursday to express solidarity with the bereaved family.
They appealed to the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take notice of the kidnapping and killing of Mr. Marri, demanding that killers must be brought to justice.
They said they could not rule out the role of intelligence agencies and the Frontier Corps in the murder of Mr. Marri.
They also condemned the provincial government and said the administration and law-enforcement agencies had failed in protecting lives of the people. They claimed that the law and order situation had further deteriorated in the city after the deployment of the Frontier Corps and demanded of the government to withdraw the FC personnel from the provincial capital.
They said the police, Levies and Balochistan Constabulary were primarily responsible for protecting the life and property of people. They said the FC should be sent back to barracks and police, Levies and BC should be assigned the task of controlling the law and order situation in Quetta.