ISLAMABAD: Legal fraternity in Islamabad has announced to observe one-day strike on Tuesday in protest against the Quetta blast, which killed over 70 people including dozens of lawyers on Monday.
The Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA) and the Islamabad District Bar Association (IBA) have announced boycott of all court proceedings.
“We condemn the Quetta blast and killing of the innocent people … lawyers will not attend court proceedings on Tuesday,” said the IHCBA Secretary, Waqas Malik.
IBA President Syed Mohammad Tayyab also condemned the blast and demanded arrest of the killers.
Meanwhile, the lawyers have demanded that the police increase security at court premises in Islamabad as a precautionary measure.
The IHCBA President, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri on Monday telephoned Islamabad Police Inspector-General Tariq Masood Yasin and requested him to heighten security at the IHC.
Jahangiri demanded that walk-through security gates be installed at all entrances to the courts and that all CCTV cameras be made operational.
The IHBCA, IBA and the Islamabad Bar Council (IBC) have also announced seven days of mourning.
The IBA general body meeting will be held at Shuhada Hall, F-8 today (on Tuesday) to condemn the Quetta blast.
It is pertinent to mention that at least 11 people, including a judge, were killed in a suicide attack at F-8 district courts on March 3, 2014. Another 25 were injured in the attack.
Following the incident, police deployment was increased at the courts and walk-through gates were installed.
However, most of the metal-detector security gates are not operational at present due to neglect.