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Lawyers’ community in rage over killing of ex-BHC CJ Noor Meskanzai

Lawyers are boycotting proceedings before different courts including the Balochistan High Court and its circuit benches. Black flags are being waived over the courts in Balochistan.

The lawyers’ community observed a strike across the province against the killing of Former Balochistan High Court (BHC) chief justice (CJ) Mohammad Noor Meskanzai, in Kharan town.

According to the details, the lawyers boycotted proceedings before different courts including the Balochistan High Court (BHC) and its circuit benches. Black flags were waived over the courts across the province.

In a statement, Quetta Bar Association President Ajmal Khan Kakar condemned the judge’s killing and announced a strike along with mourning for three days.

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“We strongly condemn this incident and demand that the killers must be immediately arrested and brought to book,” he said.

Assassination of Noor Meskanzai

The former chief justice of the Balochistan High Court, Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai was killed in a gun attack in Kharan on Friday night.

Meskanzai was shot dead while offering Isha prayers at a mosque. The former BHC chief succumbed to injuries while being shifted to Quetta for medical assistance. He was targeted by an armed man inside a local mosque when he was offering Isha prayer.

The incident is being condemned by civic society across Pakistan. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also condemned the incident and urged the Balochistan government to use all resources to arrest the killers and bring them to justice.

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“I strongly condemn the assassination of Justice M. Noor Meskanzai, former Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court and Federal Shariat Court in Kharan. Balochistan government should use all resources to arrest killers and bring them to justice. I send my condolences to the bereaved family,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

Noor Meskanzai was born in Kharan on September 1, 1956. He took oath as Chief Justice of the High Court of Balochistan on December 26, 2014, and retired on August 31, 2018. Later, he was appointed as the chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court and served until 2022.