Abdul Latif Afridi: Prominent Pakistani lawyer shot useless inside court docket constructing, police say


A distinguished Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist was shot useless on Monday at a court docket constructing within the northwestern metropolis of Peshawar, in response to police and a witness.

Abdul Latif Afridi, 79, a former president of Pakistan’s Supreme Courtroom bar affiliation, was shot six occasions in a break room on the Peshawar Excessive Courtroom, Capital Metropolis police officer Muhammad Ijaz Khan informed CNN.

Khan recognized the suspect as junior lawyer Adnan Sami Afridi, 24, indirectly associated to the deceased Afridi, and stated he was taken into custody.

Witness Hayat Roghani stated the alleged gunman raised his fingers to give up after the capturing, saying he had taken revenge for his father’s loss of life. Police additionally informed CNN the alleged gunman stated it was a revenge killing.

The suspect’s father, lawyer Samiullah Afridi, was killed by unknown gunmen in 2015. On the time, two militant teams claimed duty for killing Afridi, who labored for the physician who helped the CIA search for Osama bin Laden.

Although a heavy police contingent is generally 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 US nationwide of Pakistani origin who was on trial on blasphemy prices contained in the courtroom in 2020.

Latif Afridi, additionally a former lawmaker, had been a vocal critic of the highly effective army’s alleged interference in Pakistani politics and of Islamist militancy.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif issued a statement on Twitter expressing his grief and “deep sorrow” over Latif Afridi’s loss of life.

He additionally condemned what he known as the “worsening law and order situation” within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.