2 judges kidnapped in Balochistan
QUETTA: A district and sessions judge and a civil judge of Sibi were kidnapped in Jaffarabad District on Sunday, while four senior lawyers of the Balochistan High Court, kidnapped five days earlier, are yet to be traced.
Lawyers’ associations have announced a boycott of courts in the province on Monday and threatened to hold protest rallies if the kidnapped judges and lawyers were not recovered.
According to sources, Sibi District and Sessions Judge Jan Mohammad Gohar Yasinzai and Civil Judge Mohammad Ali Kakar were going to Usta Mohammad in a private car to attend a wedding.
They stopped over in Dera Allahyar for some time and left for Usta Mohammad but did not reach there.
Official sources said the judges, who were accompanied by a guard, had been kidnapped from somewhere between Dera Allahyar and Hafizabad area of Usta Mohammad Tehsil.
Their car was found in an area in Nasirabad District. “A massive search has been launched for the recovery of judges and their guard,” Jaffarabad Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ayub Jaffar told Dawn.
The four lawyers kidnapped earlier were Advocate Saleem Akhtar, convener of the Balochistan MQM, Syed Tahir Ali, Agha Zahir Shah and Munir Ahmed Mirwani.