PBC to observe nationwide strike today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the country’s apex body of lawyers, will observe a nationwide strike today in protest of the brutal murder of Quetta’s senior advocate Malik Azmat Ullah Kasi, and registration of FIRs against member Sindh Bar Council Sajjad Ahmad Chandio and Sindh High Court’s senior advocate Ayaz Latif Palejo.

Vice-Chairman PBC Khushdil Khan and Chairman Executive Committee of PBC Muhammad Faheem Wali in a joint statement strongly condemned the brutal murder of Malik Azmatullah Kasi. The statement termed the incident an utter failure of the law enforcement agencies in maintaining and improving the law and order situation in Balochistan to provide safety and security to citizens in general and advocates of Balochistan province in particular.

They have urged upon the Federal and Provincial Governments as well as Balochistan’s Inspector General of Police for improving the law and order situation in the Country and to arrest the culprits immediately and award them exemplary punishment.

The statement added that the lawyers’ community of the country would chalk out a future course of action if the government failed to take any action.

Office bearers of PBC also strongly condemned the false and baseless registration of FIRs against Member Sindh Bar Council Sajjad Ahmad Chandio and Advocate Ayaz Latif Palejo under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The leaders of lawyers demanded from Inspector General of Police Sindh to direct the concerned authorities to delete the names of both lawyers from the said false FIRs and take action against the responsible Police officials. In condemnation of the aforesaid acts and expressing solidarity with the family members of the bereaved Advocate, and illegal & unlawful act of the Sindh Police, the lawyers throughout the Country will observe a complete strike today (Friday).

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