KARACHI - The lawyers fraternity on Monday observed a day of mourning in connection with the death of Mohammad Ali Abbasi, president of Karachi Bar Association (KBA). They did not appear in the proceedings of Sindh High Court as well as in all the district and lower courts. As per details, the lawyers did not attend the courts proceedings to mourn the death of Mohammad Ali Abbasi. They observed the day on the call of Vice President of the Sindh Bar Council, Mahmood-ul-Hasan, a day before, and announced that lawyers in lower courts across the province would observe a day of mourning. The KBA and the Sindh High Court Bar Association organised condolence meetings on Monday. The 56-year-old lawyer was died on Saturday night due to cardiac arrest. He left a widow, two sons and three daughters. Former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Munir A Malik, Sindh Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan, Sindh High Court Bar Association President Justice (retd) Rasheed A Rizvi, Sindh Bar Council vice chairman Mehmood-ul-Hasan and many others attended his funeral prayers. Following the funeral prayers, the body was taken to his hometown, Ayubia, Abbotabad, for burial on Sunday. The lawyers fraternity has lauded his services and termed his death 'a big loss for the fraternity. President of SHCBA Rasheed A Rizvi said that his services for the democracy would not be forgotten, as he contributed a lot for the recently successful movement for the independent judiciary. Along with the Chief Justice of SHC, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, the other judges of the high court also took part in the condolence gathering. Karachi Bar Association (KBA) secretary Naeem Qureshi and other office bearers have also praised his contribution for the independent judiciary. Abbasi had joined the legal profession in 1983. He was a member of the SBC, acting general-secretary of the Peoples Lawyers Forum and president of the KBA. He was recently elected a member of Sindh Bar Council. As per his family sources, he had complained severe chest pains on Saturday evening and was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment but could not survive. Abbasi was widely respected for his honesty and adherence for the democracy. He remained associated with Pakistan Peoples Party and always stood for ideals like independence of the judiciary and spearheaded the movement for restoration of judges and independence of the judiciary. He was also known for providing free legal assistance to the poor. He was elected KBA president several times and was also its sitting president. He laid to rest on Sunday afternoon.