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CJP Jillani takes suo moto notice of F-8 Kachehri firing

04 March, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani has taken suo moto notice of the F-8 Kachehri firing on Monday.

The chief justice, while taking notice of the incident, sought report from Chief Commissioner and IG Islamabad on Tuesday.

The hearing of the case would be held on Tuesday in open court.

It may be noted here that at least 11 people including Additional Session Judge Rafaqat Awan were killed in firing and hand grenade attack in the Kachehri (local court) located in F-8 area in the federal capital on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani (CJP) and Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Anwar Qazi paid a visit to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to enquire about the health of the lawyers who had been injured in the terrorist attack at the district court on Monday.

The chief justice of Pakistan and IHC CJ enquired about the wellbeing of the injured lawyers soon after an attack on Islamabad courts. The CJP prayed for the quick recovery of the under-treatment lawyers in the hospital visit. Security was put on alert in all routes leading to the government hospital, while routes were sealed off during visit of the chief justice.

While talking to media after the CJP's visit Dr Ayesha of PIMS said that 11 people are dead. She also said that at least 25 people are injured, adding that around half of them had received bullet injuries. Emergency was declared in the hospital while Dr Altaf of the same hospital told media that a woman, identified as Fiza, was also among the dead. He stated that 25 people are injured and most of the injuries had received bullets in their legs and chests.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's legal fraternity condemned Monday's terrorist attack on a local court in Islamabad which left 11 people, including a senior judge and four lawyers, dead and over 30 injured.

Following the attack, bar associations in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore and other cities announced that Tuesday will be observed as Day of Mourning across the country and the law practitioners will boycott court proceedings against the terrorist attack which Taliban disowned.

PBC vice chairman Ramzan Chaudhry and SCBA president Kamran Murtaza in their separate statements have condemned Islamabad incident in strong terms and announced to observe complete strike on Tuesday. They have appealed to legal fraternity all over the country to make this strike a success.

While talking, Ramzan Chaudhry said judges and the lawyers were receiving life threats from the terrorists since long but government did not take any security measures for them.

It is the need of hour government should improve security measures in respect of courts and lawyers chambers in Islamabad and other cities. Payment of compensation be made to the family members of the lawyers who have been killed in this incident and fool proof security arrangements for judges be ensured by the government, he demanded.

Vice Chairman Islamabad Bar Council has described the attack as an act of cowardice.

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