LAKKI MARWAT: Members of the legal fraternity staged a demonstration outside the Bannu Press Club following the murder of a senior lawyer on Monday.

Two unknown motorcyclists killed Bashir Rehman Barki Advocate near the judicial complex when he was returning home.

The police said the body was shifted to the district headquarters hospital for autopsy.

A large number of lawyers also reached the hospital, took the body to the press club where they held a demonstration, blocking the busy road.

Speaking on the occasion, Bannu bar president Noorzada Ahmadzai, general secretary Inamullah Khan and other members said safety of lawyers had become a question mark on the tall claims of the government as targeting of members of legal fraternity had become a routine in the country.

They said the deceased had no enmity with anyone.

They asked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief Minister Mahmood Khan to take practical steps for provision of foolproof security to lawyers.

They announced a three-day mourning and boycott of courts against the killing. Later, the protesters ended the road blockade, and the deceased was buried in a local graveyard.

In a separate development, a young man from North Waziristan district was shot dead for honour in Multan Manjiwala area of Lakki Marwat on Monday.

The police said the victim was travelling in a rickshaw when he was attacked.

An uncle of the deceased told the police that three brothers of a woman, who had eloped with the deceased, intercepted a three-wheeler, in which he (the complainant), the victim and his wife were travelling, and shot his nephew dead.

He said the rivals also took away their sister with them.

Published in Dawn, June 15th, 2021

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