July 27, 2023
Mr. Haroon-ur-Rashid, Vice-Chairman and Mr. Hassan Raza Pasha, Chairman, Executive Committee, Pakistan Bar Council have strongly condemned the brutal murder of Mr. Atif Ali Qureshi, Advocate and Former General Secretary, Pindi Gheb Bar Association, today near Court Complex, Pindi Gheb. He repeatedly requested to DPO Attock and other Police officials to provide him security, since he has threats and he had also filed a writ petition in the Court for provision of security to him but the desired security was not provided to him despite his repeated requests. They also expressed their concerns upon utter failure of the law enforcement agencies in maintaining and improving the security of Courts premises.
They have demanded from the care taker Chief Minister as well as the I.G. Police, Punjab to make an independent investigation immediately and arrest culprits involved in the said incident to award them exemplary punishment and it should also be investigated that why security was not provided to him and they further demanded that relevant provisions of the “Lawyers Protection and Welfare Act-2023” should also be included/incorporated in the FIR of murder of Mr. Atif Ali Qureshi, Advocate. They have also urged that Government should provide security to citizens, especially the Advocates and take immediate measures to stop such like target killings against Advocates in future.