LAHORE, Pakistan: The President Daska Bar Association Rana Khalid Abbas among two lawyers were killed when a clash occurred with police in Daska tehsil of Punjab’s Sialkot district on Monday, triggering a strong protest by lawyers.
The sources said that officials of Daska Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) along with the Station House Office (SHO) of Daska city police station Shehzad Warraich were conducting an anti-encroachment drive in Daska tehsil when local residents and lawyers staged a protest to seek more time from authorities.
In order to disperse the protestors, the SHO opened straight fire which resulted in injuries to six persons including President Daska Bar Association Rana Khalid Abbas and another lawyer Irfan Chauhan.
The injured were rushed to the Civil Hospital Daska where Rana Khalid Abbas and Irfan Chauhan succumbed to their injuries while getting medical treatment.
Following the incident, lawyers gathered outside the Punjab assembly in Lahore to register their protest against killings of members of the legal fraternity. They also blocked the Mall road for traffic.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Bar Council announced two days of complete strike over Daska incident.
On the other hand, the Punjab Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif took notice of clash between lawyers and police in Daska and sought a report from RPO Gujranwala.
The chief minister also expressed sorrow and grief over the death of Daska Bar President Rana Khalid Abbas and directed that the injured should be provided best possible medical facilities.