A judicial magistrate remanded a suspect who is accused of killing senior lawyer and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Abdul Latif Afridi yesterday in police custody on Tuesday.
The shooter opened fire while Afridi, 80, and other lawyers were in the bar room of the Peshawar High Court, according to the police. He was expeditiously transported to Lady Reading Hospital, but he was too weak to survive.
The attacker, Adnan Samiullah Afridi, was arrested from the scene of the crime and taken to the East County Police Station, where a case was opened, according to the police.
An officer at the station informed Dawn that the suspect had confessed to the crime and had killed the victim as a result of a family dispute.
Separately, Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Ijaz Khan established a fact-finding committee to ascertain how the attackers gained entry to the courthouse with a weapon. The SSP investigation was in charge of this committee.
The committee will submit its report in the next 24 hours.
Earlier today, the suspect was brought before Judicial Magistrate Badar Munir. After the court accepted the police plea, Adnan was remanded in custody for two days.
Funeral: The Bagh-i-Naran in Hayatabad was the location of the senior lawyer’s funeral.
In advance of the service, a number of prominent politicians, lawyers, and others, including PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid, arrived at the funeral home. Zubair Ali, the mayor of Peshawar, and Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar were also in attendance.