PESHAWAR: Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Latif Afridi was shot dead inside the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Monday in what police said was a family feud firing. was shot six times.
The senior lawyer was moved to the Lady Reading Hospital after the shooting but was pronounced dead upon arrival/ The medical facility’s administration said that six bullets were fired at Latif.
According to the police, the assailant, identified as Adnan Afridi, was in their custody.
Speaking to the media, SSP Operations Kashif Abbasi said that attacker Adnan Afridi s/o Abdul Sami Afridi has been taken into custody from the crime scene.
The police are investigating how did the gunman manage to get inside the high court premises despite the security.
The SSP said that it seems a matter of personal enmity between the two families while further investigations are underway.
Abbasi said the killing seemed to be an upshot of a blood feud between the two families; however, further investigation was underway.
When asked about the security arrangements in the high court, the police official said they were looking into it and action would be taken if any lapse was found.
It may be noted that Latif was acquitted in a murder case by Swat Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Judge Aftab Afridi and his three family members a few weeks ago.
He was booked along with nine others in the case of the judge’s assassination.
As per details, Aftab Afridi, his wife, a one-and-half-year grandson and daughter-in-law were en route to Islamabad from Peshawar via Swabi when unidentified assailants attacked his car near the Ambar Interchange in April 2021.
However, Latif, the then-SCBA president, had denied his involvement in the incident and said that he and his son had been falsely implicated in the case. He had also assured the authorities of fully cooperating with the relevant agencies.
The judge’s family, however, in a press conference rejected the verdict and requested the high court for justice, saying they have evidence of the lawyer’s involvement in the murder.
Condemning the brutal murder of Afridi, the SCBA announced to boycott of the courts tomorrow (Tuesday). The association demanded the government take solid measures against the assassinations of the lawyers.
Sindh Bar Council also condemned the murder and announced a boycott of the court proceedings across the province.
The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has also condemned Afridi’s killing and said that it was concerned about the failure of the KP government in providing security to courts and lawyers.
PBC, in a statement, demanded establishing security around the courts while announcing a strike and boycott of courts across the country tomorrow. “Lawyers will not appear in courts across the country tomorrow,” their statement read.
The statement by the PBC stated that the former president of the SCBA was a valuable asset to the legal fraternity.
“Afridi continued to fight for the supremacy of law and constitution, democracy and freedom of the judiciary,” the PBC wrote in the statement.
Meanwhile, the Peshawar Bar Association has also announced a strike on Tuesday following the senior lawyer’s murder. “Lawyers will not appear in courts tomorrow,” their statement mentioned.
In their statements of condemnation, the Lahore High Court Bar Association and Lahore Bar Association’s leaders said that their lawyers would not appear in court tomorrow as well.