A prominent Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist was shot dead in court on Monday house in northwest Peshawar, according to police and a witness.
Abdul Latif Afridi, 79, a former president of the Supreme Court Association of Pakistan, was shot six times in a lounge at the Peshawar High Court, the capital’s police said. Muhammad Ijaz Khan on CNN.
Khan identified the suspect as junior lawyer Adnan Sami Afridi, 24, who was not related to the deceased Afridi, and said he had been arrested.
According to the witness Hayat Roghani, the gunman raised his hands to surrender after the shooting, saying that he was avenging his father’s death. Police also told CNN that the gunman was a homicide.
The father of the suspect, lawyer Samiullah Afridikilled by unknown gunmen in 2015. At the time, two terrorist groups claimed responsibility for killing Afridi, who worked for the doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden.
Although a heavy police force is often deployed in the Peshawar court, lawyers are not searched when they enter. The security situation at the court was questioned before, especially when a young man shot and killed an American citizen of Pakistani origin who was being tried on charges of blasphemy in the courtroom in the 2020.
Latif Afridi, also a former politician, has been a vocal critic of the military’s alleged interference in Pakistani politics and Islamist insurgency.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif issued a information on Twitter to express his grief and “deep sorrow” over the death of Latif Afridi.
He also condemned what he called the “poor and law-and-order situation” in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, of which Peshawar is the capital.