CM Shehbaz takes notice of firing incident, constitutes enquiry committee
PbBC announces boycott of courts on Wednesday
LAHORE: Two lawyers were shot dead and after an assailant opened fire inside a Lahore sessions court on Tuesday.
According to police reports the deceased have been identified as Rana Nadeem and Rana Owais who were killed by another lawyer Kashif Rajput, due to a property dispute.
The incident took place outside the courtroom of Judge Taseerur Rehman.
A police officer said the deceased lawyers and their suspected killer were relatives. They engaged in a quarrel outside a courtroom before the latter lost his tamper and opened fire at the victims, he added.
A heavy contingent of police reached the court premises when the incident took place and cordoned off the area. Security was tightened and a search operation conducted in court, with both entry and exit points closed off.
The suspect was later arrested.
Meanwhile, Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Muhammad Yawar Ali called a security meeting after the incident took place.
Earlier on January 31, a head constable and a suspect were killed in a shooting incident in Lahore’s lower court complex.
Malik Amjad, an under custody suspect was shot dead after gunmen opened fire on him within the vicinity of the sessions court. Amjad’s accomplice, Ahsan, and Head Constable Asif were also injured in the firing.
Constable Asif, who was trying to bring the situation under control after a clash between two groups, succumbed to his wounds on his way to the hospital when the clashing groups started indiscriminate firing.
CM TAKES NOTICE OF FIRING INCIDENT, CONSTITUTES ENQUIRY COMMITTEE:
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif also took notice of the incident. The chief minister later on Tuesday constituted an enquiry committee to probe the incident. The committee will be headed by Punjab Additional IG (Investigations) Malik Abu Bakar Khuda Bakhsh and include DIG (Investigations) Punjab Waqas Nazir, Lahore District Public Prosecutor and a representative of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency.
The committee will submit its comprehensive report to the chief minister within 48 hours after holding its investigations from every respect, and will also submit its recommendations for further improving the security of the Sessions Court. Moreover, the committee will also determine the aspect of the security officials’ negligence.
Earlier, seeking a report from the capital city police officer Lahore, the chief minister had expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the death of the lawyers. Saying that a legal action should be initiated against the criminals involved in this incident, the chief minister had remarked that such incidents were intolerable.
PbBC ANNOUNCES BOYCOTT OF COURTS ON WEDNESDAY
The Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) Tuesday announced the boycott of court proceedings on Wednesday to protest against inadequate security conditions at courts.
In a statement issued by the council on Tuesday, the lawyers were asked to observe a strike throughout the province and boycott the court proceedings.
PbBC Vice Chairman Jam Younis and Executive Committee Chairperson Bushra Qamar condemned the murder of two lawyers at the Sessions Court and termed it a security lapse.
They demanded from the government to ensure foolproof security at the courts to avert any such incident in future.