PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court Bar Association on Tuesday observed a complete boycott of courts’ proceedings to protest the murder of a lawyer, who was gunned down in Peshawar by his rival group.

They asked the government to provide them prohibited bore gun licenses if the government cannot provide protection to lawyers. The strike call was given by the Peshawar High Court Bar Association against the killing of Niazbeen Shah Advocate.

Niazmeen, who was a senior lawyer of the PHC, was in Nothia Bazaar for shopping when armed men from rival group opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot. The assailants escaped the scene unchallenged after committing the murder. The enraged family members of the slain lawyer attacked the house of the alleged killers and allegedly set the house on fire. No casualty was reported in the fire incident. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister has taken notice of the matter and directed the concerned authorities to investigate the incident.

The lawyers also passed a resolution during their meeting which provides that they will provide the slain lawyer with an advocate and to contest his case in the court. It was decided that no lawyer from across the province will appear to defend the killer of the lawyer in the court of justice.

They demanded licenses of prohibited bore guns so that the lawyer can protect themselves. “Our lives are always in danger due to our engagements with difficult legal cases,” said  Yasir Khattak, general secretary of PHBA.

As the lawyers were on strike and abstained from appearing in the courtrooms, ultimately, it was the litigants who suffered due to the strike and have come from far-flung areas of the province for the cases hearing.

“We have announced the strike to press the government to properly implement the laws and provide protection to citizens,” said Isa Khan, a senior advocate of Peshawar High Court. Khan added that the country has all the laws but due to lack of implementation, people are taken laws into their own hands.

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