Islamabad - President Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday said that lawyers and judges have been targeted in Balochistan for being soft target and the purpose of such attacks is to create harassment in the society.

President SCBA Barrister Ali Zafar demanded that security should be provided to judges and lawyers. Ali Zafar was talking to media persons on Thursday at the Supreme Court building. He said they wanted fully implementation on the National Action Plan and for that the SCBA is considering to set up a think-tank comprising 1,400 lawyers. He urged the Supreme Court to decide all the pending cases related to terrorism.

He said that Supreme Court Bar delegation visited Quetta one day ago and met with the victims’ families and assured them all kind of help. He said all the resources would be utilised for the rehabilitation of those lawyer families, whose dear ones were killed in Civil Hospital, Quetta. Over 72 persons were killed and 103 got injured in the bomb blast.

The SCBA chief said they also met with Balochistan Chief Minister and demanded of him to give Rs 10 million compensation to the families of killed lawyers, which had been accepted. However, it was decided that injured lawyers would be given compensation according to the injuries, while the provincial government promised to provide best medical facilities to them.

He said China-Pak Economic Corridor could be one factor behind the

Quetta blast but the forces should not ignore other aspects while investigation so that such incidents do not take place in future. He said the Balochistan government was ready for combing operation in the province, but also wanted the same in the Punjab so that terrorists could be eliminated from the whole country.

The SCBA president deflected questions regarding failure of law-enforcement agencies to avert the Quetta blast and said the institutions are not failed with one or two incidents, adding the fact is that the security agencies are performing their function effectively. He said this is not the time to point finger at each other as it would help our enemy in fulfilling its nefarious designs.

He emphasised the need for forging unity among all the institutions, and said if we would not have unity then such kind incidents would occur again.

Ali Zafar said during their visit they observed that the CCTV cameras were not operational at the Civil Hospital, adding it was the responsibility of the medical superintendent and not the security agencies to make them operational, as it could help in the investigation.

Ali Zafar said it was not appropriate to blame the government or the security forces for such action. He demanded that everyone should play his or her role in the fight against the terrorists.