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Prominent Pakistani lawyer shot dead on Peshawar High Court premises

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Abdul Latif Afridi, a prominent Pakistani lawyer, was killed after a gunman shot him multiple times on the Peshawar High Court premises.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 16, 2023 19:36 IST

Abdul Latif Afridi

Abdul Latif Afridi was the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

By India Today Web Desk: The bar room of Peshawar High Court turned into a crime scene on Monday after a prominent Pakistani lawyer was shot dead by another lawyer.

Abdul Latif Afridi (79) was seated in the bar room when a trainee lawyer opened fire at him. The accused, identified as Adnan, has been arrested following the shooting, as per a report by PTI.

Afridi was rushed to a hospital, where doctors declared him dead on arrival. According to the hospital spokesperson, six shots were fired at the Pakistani lawyer.

WHO WAS ABDUL AFRIDI?

Abdul Latif Afridi was a prominent lawyer who was the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

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Abdul Latif Afiridi was also a key figure at the forefront of the lawyers’ movement in Pakistan that culminated in the restoration of former Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

WHY WAS HE ATTACKED?

The Pakistan Police suspect that the attack on Abdul Latif Afridi was carried out of “personal enmity”.

Police officers examine the crime scene following a shooting incident on the premises of the Peshawar High Court in Peshawar. (Image: AP)

The accused has been arrested and shifted to the anti-terrorism court in Peshawar. The police are investigating how the accused was able to smuggle in a pistol inside the Peshawar High Court premises.

PAK PM CONDOLES LAWYER’S DEATH

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed “deep sorrow” over Abdul Latif Afridi’s murder.

“I pray that the bereaved family bear this loss with fortitude. The worsening law and order situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is alarming,” Prime Minister Sharif tweeted.

Meanwhile, Peshawar Bar Association president Ali Zaman has announced a two-day boycott of courts across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to protest Afridi’s murder.

(With inputs from PTI)

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