Lawyers announce 3-day mourning to protest Quetta’s Civil Hospital tragedy

  • 73 people including 57 lawyers were killed in suicide blast on August 8, 2016
  • Earlier terrorists killed Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi on same day
Pakistan

QUETTA – Lawyers on Monday boycotted court proceedings in Balochistan in order to mourn Quetta’s Civil Hospital carnage in which over 70 people mostly lawyers were killed by terrorists in August 2016.


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A three-day strike, which starts from today, has been announced by Balochistan lawyers to protest the gun and bomb attack on their fellows.

The community will also observe a “black day” on August 8 (tomorrow) across the country.

Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) President Shah Muhammad Jatoi said that no proceedings will be held no August 7 and 9.

Supreme Court’s Displeasure

Last month, the Supreme Court heard a suo moto case regarding the tragedy to overview progress made on the suggestions of the inquiry commission. It expressed displeasure over slow implementation and sought from the police, health department and the provincial government in this regard. The court adjourned the case till September 12.

Tragedy

On August 8 2016, terrorists gunned down the then Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi. Around 200 people reached the hospital when his body was being shifted to Civil Hospital of Quetta.

Taking benefit of the situation, a suicide bomber exploded himself near the crowd killing 73 people, including 56 lawyers, and injuring over 100 others.

Suo Moto

On August 31, the Supreme Court of Pakistan took suo moto notice of the tragedy and formed an inquiry commission under the supervision of Justice Qazi Faez Isa.

Inquiry Commission Report

On December 15 2016, the commission submitted its report to the court slamming the government and its institution for “monumental failure to combat terrorism and perform basic protocols”.

In its findings, the report stated that the Federal Interior Ministry did not have ‘sense of ministerial responsibility’.

It also requested that Anti-Terrorism Act should be enforced immediately, besides taking action against banned organisations.

The commission also called for authorities to expedite the distribution compensation amount to the heirs of the deceased.

The report had stated that the absence of doctors and other staff of the Sandeman Provincial Hospital increased the severity of the tragedy as some victims had succumbed to their injuries for not receiving timely treatment.