LAHORE:  The lawyers on Thursday went on strike and boycotted courts’ proceedings to condemn murder of their colleague in Ferozewala, urging the government authorities to take the culprits to justice.

Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) Muhammad Yawar Ali took notice of the incident and sought reply from the police authorities.

Advocate Pervez Akhtar, 50, was going to the courts from his residence in Rachna Town on Wednesday when some two assailants opened fire on him. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

It is third incident in which a lawyer was gunned down in Sheikhpura as in Oct a lawyer and his wife were murdered while a female lawyer namely Aalia Shehzadi was shot dead in May last year.

The lawyers held strike and strongly condemned the murder of their colleagues. They said that the police did not provide them security and demanded the government authorities to arrest the culprits.

They boycotted courts’ proceedings due to which many of the cases were adjourned to the next dates. As a result, the litigants suffered, especially those who had come from far flung areas to attend proceedings of their cases in sessions courts, civil and other courts in the provincial capital.