LIVE UPDATES: Lawyers try to enter Punjab Assembly
At least two lawyers were shot dead during clash with the police when officials of Daska Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) along with SHO of Daska city police station Shehzad Warraich were conducting an anti-encroachment drive in Sialkot’s Daska tehsil when local residents and lawyers staged a protest, demanding more time from authorities.
— Farhan Khan Virk (@FarhanKVirk) May 25, 2015
Amid the ruckus, the SHO opened straight fire to disperse the protesters resulting bullet wounds to a pedestrian and three lawyers, including the Daska bar president.
Police in PAKISTAN is NOW a TERRORIST Organization, be it Karachi wearing masks, be it Model Town Lahore or Daska killing Lawyers openly. — Khurram Nawaz (@GandapurPAT) May 25, 2015
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Lawyers try to barge into Punjab Assembly building
The counsels tried to storm into the Punjab Assembly to mark their protest over the killing of two lawyers.
They also broke the windows of a police vehicle and tried to set the vehicle alight.
Funeral prayers offered
The funeral prayers of Daska Bar President Rana Khalid and his fellow lawyer Advocate Irfan were offered.
Lawyers from several cities including Sialkot and Gujranwala attended the funeral prayers.
Former Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, national and provincial assembly members of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) along with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers were also present in the last rites.
Lawyers observe strike over killings
Bar councils across the country are observing a strike against the alleged killing of two lawyers by police fire on Tuesday.
Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Supreme Court Bar Association have announced a three-day mourning over the violent incident. Black flags have been hoisted on the Bar offices to mark the protest over the lawyers killings in Daska.
A condolence reference also being organized in Islamabad High Court (IHC) today.
Lawyers in Lahore and other cities of Punjab, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces as protest boycotting the court proceedings
Imran’s order to PTI activists
PTI chairman Imran Khan has asked his workers to s to stage protests in front of press clubs in their respective cities at 3pm tomorrow against Daska incident.
Resolution in Punjab Assembly against Daska violence
The Punjab Assembly today unanimously approved a resolution against killing of two lawyers in Daska.
Violation of law not to be allowed: PM
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that nobody would be allowed to take law into his own hands and damage public property. He expressed these views while expressing concern over the law and order situation in Daska.
He has sought a detailed report into the incident and asked the authorities concerned to take immediate measures to pacify sentiments of lawyers community.
Lawyers clash with cops at a hospital
PTI chief announces countrywide protest
PTI chairman Imran Khan has announced countrywide strike over Daska incident in which two lawyers lost their lives.
Earlier in his tweets, Khan said, “Time for us to stand up to the Sharif gullus. If lawyers can be murdered who will be next? This has to stop now.”
JIT to probe Daska incident
The Government of Punjab has decided to constitute joint investigation team to probe Daska incident in which at least lawyers were killed in clash with the police.
The investigation team will comprise officials of police, Inter-Services Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau.
AC’s home also set alight
The protesters, including lawyers and the masses, set on fire the house of Assistant Commissioner in Daska. Earlier, enraged mob had also set alight the office of the AC.
Imran castigates Punjab government
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan has hit out at the Punjab Government against Daska incident and demanded end to this ‘brutality’.
In his series of tweets on the incidents, Khan said, “When Model Town gullus go unpunished, then there is little to deter the police from committing murder again and again.”
Read details: Imran says “time now to stand up to Sharif gullus”
Assistant Commissioner’s office set on fire
The incensed mob is continuing to vent its anger on government buildings and officials as the office of Assistance Commissioner Daska was set on fire this noon against killing of two lawyers. Earlier office of DSP was also set ablaze by the charged mob.
Unabated protests continue
Lawyers across Punjab have taken to the streets to lodge their protest. Some of them even barged into the Punjab Assembly building. Opposition lawmakers staged walkout from the house against Daska incident as well.
PM orders action
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed concern over the Daska incident and said no one could be allowed to take law into hands.
He sought report from the authorities within 24 hours.
One of the victims was identified as Rana Khalid Abbas, president of the Daska Bar Association (DBA).
Punjab’s Gullu police again kills innocent citizens – this time in Daska.2 PTI lawyers incl Rana Khalid Abbas Pres Daska Bar shot dead. 1/2
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 25, 2015
Snowballing protests Following the killing, hundreds of lawyers boycotted courts in different parts of Punjab. Pakistan Bar Council and Punjab Bar Council announced countrywide strike on Tuesday against killing of member of their fraternity. Law and order situation remained tense in Sialkot since the violent incident erupted. Business activities were suspended in the city following the police-lawyers clash. PM takes notice Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sought report of the incident from Chief Minister Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif.
Soon CM will announce Rs 500,000, official value of human life in Pakistan. Daska — Syed Tallat Hussain (@trimzi07) May 25, 2015
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has also taken notice of the incident.
Punjab government’s condemnation:
The spokesperson of Punjab government Zaeem Qadri said the incident is highly condemnable and vowed that the culprits would be brought to book.
He informed that CM Shahbaz Sharif had sought report of firing within 24 hours.