Lawyers announce 3-day strike to mourn Quetta Civil Hospital tragedy
Balochistan High Court Bar Association (BHCBA) on Monday announced a three-day lawyers’ strike to mark the first anniversary of August 8, 2016 Civil Hospital suicide bombing, which killed 73 people including 56 lawyers and left scores injured.
BHCBA president Shah Mehmood Jatoi said lawyers began their province-wide strike today and will boycott the court duties during the three-day strike.
The lawyers’ community will also observe a ‘black day’ tomorrow, August 8, in memory of those who lost their lives in the deadly bombing and to express solidarity with the families of the victims of the Civil Hospital attack.
Last month, the Supreme Court, which took suo motu notice of the tragedy, questioned the Balochistan government over lack of progress in the Quetta bombing case.
The three-member bench, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, also expressed anger over the lack of implementation of recommendations submitted by the apex court’s commission over the attack.
The Quetta attack raised several questions over governance, a notice sent by the registrar office read, adding that due to insufficient facilities at the hospital several lives which could have been saved were wasted.
“The serious injured were compelled to be shifted from Civil Hospital to the CMH and other hospitals outside the province. The post disaster scenario is not encouraging either. It appears that the incident has been forgotten and no headway has been made in either tracing the culprits or to mobilise state resources to prevent such occurrences in future,” Justice Esa had stated.
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