A outstanding Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist often known as a vocal critic of each the navy and Islamist militants was shot lifeless on Monday at a court docket within the northwestern metropolis of Peshawar, police mentioned.
Abdul Latif Afridi, a former president of Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom bar affiliation, was shot a number of occasions, apparently by one gunman, on the Peshawar Excessive Courtroom premises, police official Kashif Abbasi instructed Reuters.
“We have now arrested the wrongdoer from the crime scene,” he mentioned, including that the suspected shooter had dressed as a lawyer to achieve entry to the court docket premises.
He recognized the suspect as Adnan Sami Afridi, not associated to the deceased Afridi.
The accused didn’t attempt to flee after the capturing, attorneys on the premises mentioned.
Although a heavy police contingent is deployed on the Peshawar court docket, attorneys should not physique searched on entry. Safety association on the court docket have beforehand been questioned, particularly after a teenage boy shot and killed a U.S. nationwide of Pakistani origin who was on trial on blasphemy costs contained in the courtroom in 2020.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif condemned the killing and expressed his grief and sorrow.
Afridi, a famend human rights and political activist, has been a vocal critic of the highly effective navy’s alleged interference in Pakistani politics and of Islamist militancy.
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