Lawyers boycott courts across Balochistan Quetta
QUETTA, June 24 (Online): Members of the legal fraternity marched on the roads of Quetta to mourn the killing of Environmental Protection Tribunal judge Sakhi Sultan on Tuesday.
Balochistan High Court Bar Association and Bar Association also boycotted court proceedings across the province in protest against the cold blooded murder of Advocate Sakhi Sultan.
The lawyers held a protest rally from the Balochistan High Court and staged a sit-in outside the Balochistan Assembly.
"The government failed to protect the lives of citizens," Bilal Anwar Kasi, the president of BBA, told the emotionally-charged lawyers.
The lawyers chanted slogans against police and other law enforcement agencies for their failure to maintain law and order situation in the province.
Senior lawyers, including Ali Ahmed Kurd, Hadi Shakeel Advocate, Baz Muhammad Kakar and others, participated in the protest rally.
The lawyers' protest prompted Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch to come out of the assembly session.
The chief minister joined the protesting lawyers and assured them that the perpetrators of Sultan would be brought to book.
"My government will not spare any murderer," Dr Malik told the protesting lawyers. He said a special team comprising senior police officers would be set up to arrest the killers of the deceased lawyer.
"Restoration of peace is a top priority of the present government," he said, adding that such incidents really undermined the efforts of his government to restore law and order in the province.
The killing of Advocate Sakhi Sultan has come at a time when the Nationalist-party-led government is making positive efforts towards restoration of durable peace in the volatile province.
The defunct Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) had claimed responsibility for Sultan's killing.