Terrorist attack in Islamabad district courts claims 12 lives; 35 injured

Terrorist attack in Islamabad district courts claims 12 lives; 35 injured

claimISLAMABAD: At least 12 persons including Additional Session Judge Rafaqat Awan, one session judge, lawyers and other people were killed and 35 others injured in the result of terrorist attack in Islamabad District Court in F-8. The condition of five injured persons is critical. All the injured and dead bodies were shifted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS for treatment and postmortem. The emergency was imposed in the hospital and all the doctors present on leave were summoned. The body parts of the suicide bombers have been taken into custody by the security personnel and have been shifted in hospital for DNA test.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tassaduq Hussaian Jillani has taken suo moto notice of the terrorist incident and has summoned Interior Secretary Shahid IG Islamabad police and chief commissioner today (Tuesday). Meanwhile banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Spokesman Shahidullh Shahid has rejected the involvement of TTP in Islamabad and Landi Kotal attacks.

According to sources five to seven attackers entered in the district courts and opened firing, hurled hand grenades and later on two suicide bombers blew themselves up with explosive material in Kochehri. The majority of the people killed in the attack include lawyers. One suicide bomber blew himself outside the court of Additional Sessions Judge Rafaqat Awan and second suicide blew himself up outside the chamber of former president Islamabad high court Haroonur Rashid.

Police said six terrorists barged into the court premises in F-8 area and opened indiscriminate fire on lawyers and litigants. They also hurled a hand-grenade on the people and reportedly two of the attackers blew themselves up.

People ran helter-skelter to save their lives. Police and commandos of anti-terrorism unit cordoned off the premises and started search operation in a maze of narrow streets lined with shops and offices.

People stranded in the premises were rescued as the court and adjacent area were later cleared by the law-enforcers.

Initial reports said the bombers carried out suicide attack outside the court room of Additional Session Judge Naved Khan who was hearing a high-profile case. Pools of blood and severed body parts were scattered on the floor of several of the offices.

Moreover, lawyers fled from their chambers seeking shelter from bullets as fear and panic gripped the premises.

According to police, two blasts took place inside the court’s premises, one near the chambers of a judge and the other outside another office.

Officers at the scene told media that the incident began when a defendant was brought before the court and his associates tried to break him free.

Another senior-ranking police official said the incident could be a terror attack but nothing could be said with certainty as yet.

According to police authorities, militants entered the chambers of Judge Rafaqat Awan and killed him by opening fire on him. The security of Islamabad was beefed up after the attack in district courts. The security of the Red Zone in Islamabad was also beefed up and entry of common people was banned in the diplomatic enclave.

Interior Minister while condemning the attack has summoned report from DG National Crisis Management Cell about the incident.

Meanwhile‚ Chief Justice of Pakistan Tasadduq Hussain Jilani has taken suo motu notice of the Islamabad court incident. He directed secretary interior, IG Islamabad and Chief Commissioner Islamabad to present a report in this regard in the court today (Tuesday). The chief justice has summoned the initial report of the incident. Three member bench of the apex court headed by chief justice of Pakistan would conduct the hearing of the case. The court has also summoned the CCTV footage of the incident from the concerned officers.

Meanwhile Chief Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani and Justice Nasirul Mulk visited PIMS Hospital in Islamabad and inquired about health of injured people of Islamabad Courts incident. While talking to media chief justice said that the judges would could not be threatened from these type of terrorist attacks. He said that the judges will continue performing their duties, adding that the bar and bench will continue work for the rule of law in country.

Meanwhile Pakistan’s legal fraternity condemned Monday’s terrorist attack on a local court in Islamabad which left 11 people, including a senior judge and four lawyers, dead and over 30 injured.

Following the attack, bar associations in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore and other cities announced that today (Tuesday) will be observed as Day of Mourning across the country and the law practitioners will boycott court proceedings against the terrorist attack which Taliban disowned.

The Vice Chancellor Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr Javed Akram has confirmed the death toll. He said that most of the killed people were died on the spot, adding that the injured persons received injuries in chest and legs and lungs of the injured have been badly affected. He said that the people should pray for the early recovery of injured persons and eternal peace for the killed persons. He said that the killed include Muhammad Riaz, Rao Rashid, Tanveer Haider, Rafaqat Ahmed Awan, Akmal, Talib, Shabbir, Haji Sanaullah; meanwhile the identity of one deceased woman could not be made.

IG Police Islamabad Sikandar Hayat told media that one suicide attacker attacked court of additional session judge while another attack took place near the office of Bar Association.

He said apparently it looks that the attackers intended to free their arrested companions but they could not achieve their target. He said two to three terrorists’ opened fire in the court area. He said the police have searched the premises of district courts but no arrest has been made. He said two terrorists blew themselves up when the police reached near them.

Spokesperson of PIMS Hospital Dr. Ayesha while talking to media confirmed that 11 dead bodies have so far been received. She said the injured are being provided medical treatment on emergency basis.

Meanwhile President Syed Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former president Asif Ali Zardari, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed khurshid Shah, PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Shairf, Amir Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman, Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan, ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain, Jamatud Dawa Amir Professor Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and other leaders have condemned the terrorist attack at the Islamabad district courts and offered sympathies with the families of the killed persons.

President and prime minister have ordered the local administration to provide best medical facilities to injured persons.

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