KARACHI / KARACHI: Lawyers observed black day on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the Quetta suicide bomb blast that claimed 73 lives last year.
Fifty-six lawyers, among 73 people, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Civil Hospital, Quetta, where the lawyers had accompanied the body of the Balochistan Bar Association President Bilal Anwar Kasi, who was shot dead in a targeted attack on August 8, 2016.
Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility of the bombing, which was the worst attack on the lawyers in the history of Pakistan.
As a result of the black day, the legal proceedings came to a complete halt at the Sindh High Court (SHC), City Courts, Malir District Courts, special courts and tribunals across the city. The SHC Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh suspended judicial work on the request by the SHC Bar Association members.
Thousands of the cases fixed for the day had to be adjourned, causing difficulties for the litigants. The under trial prisoners, who were brought from prisons, had to be taken back to the barracks without production in courts.
However, the judges remained in their chambers to entertain urgent matters.
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