02 March, 2021

A Trial By Fire

A Sharif lawyer is slain, his defence faces the same fate

A Trial By Fire
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The ongoing trial against ousted premier Nawaz Sharif received a jolt last week when one of his senior lawyers was shot dead in broad daylight by three unidentified gunmen in the heart of Karachi. Iqbal Radh, lawyer and a Sharif family friend, was sitting in his office when the assailants, armed with automatic rifles, barged in and killed him and two others, including the son of a retired high court judge.

The murder occurred at a time when the trial was about to conclude and a week after Sharif expressed full faith in the judge. "It appears to be a conspiracy against fair trial as acknowledged by the world media," said Raja Qureshi, chief public prosecutor and advocate general of Sindh province.

Justice minister Aziz A. Munshi believes the killings could have been motivated by three factors: "First, to create obstacles to Bill Clinton's visit to Pakistan. The message could be that he shouldn't visit a terrorism-hit Pakistan. Second, to cause hindrances in the trial against Sharif in Karachi. Or, a hostile country is trying to brand Pakistan a terrorist...

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