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2 lawyers shot dead by cousin at Lahore sessions court

After hearing they started exchanging harsh words that led to a physical brawl between them. Before police intervened Kashif took out a pistol and opened fire on his cousins.

world Updated: Feb 20, 2018 15:38 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Lahore
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A Pakistani lawyer allegedly shot dead his two cousins in Lahore sessions court.(Shutterstock Representative Photo)

A Pakistani lawyer allegedly shot dead his two cousins in Lahore sessions court on Tuesday over a property issue, police said, the second shooting incident in a month within the premises.

Senior superintendent Lahore police Mubashir Makan told reporters that three cousin lawyer’s - Kashif, Nadim and Awais - had appeared in a property case before a sessions judge.

“After hearing they started exchanging harsh words that led to a physical brawl between them. Before police intervened Kashif took out a pistol and opened fire on Nadim, 35, Awais, 26 and leaving them seriously injured,” Makan said.

They were shifted to Mayo hospital where they were pronounced dead, he said, adding the alleged killer lawyer has been apprehended by police.

SSP Makan further said the cousin lawyers had a property dispute in Shahdara area. They had been in litigation for the last one year or so. He said police are investigating as how the suspect managed to bring a weapon in the court.

Lahore bar association president Malik Arshad condemned the incident and demanded improved security in the courts.

Following the incident, security at the court was tightened. A heavy contingent of police reached the site of the firing, cordoned off the area and conducted a search within the court premises.

This is the second incident of firing at the Lahore sessions court in this month. In the first week of February an under-trial prisoner facing murder charges and a policeman were shot dead by the complainant of the case in the session court. The killer in this case is still at large.

Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif has ordered authorities to provide fool-proof security for the courts.

The firing incident exposed the security lapses on the premises of the sessions court where a number of under-trial prisoners were brought daily for hearing of the cases.

First Published: Feb 20, 2018 15:38 IST