Pakistani lawyers mourn colleagues slain in Quetta attack

Posted at 3:21 AM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 03:25:43-04
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani lawyers are mourning colleagues slain in a shocking suicide bombing the previous day in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed 70 people, mostly lawyers.
Senior attorney Mohammad Ashraf said on Tuesday that lawyers will also stage rallies across Pakistan to condemn the assault.
Monday's attack came as lawyers had gathered at a Quetta hospital after the body of a prominent colleague — Bilal Kasi, the president of the province's bar association — was brought there. He had been gunned down just hours earlier.
The Pakistani bar association has called for a boycott of the courts in protest over the attack.
Schools and markets are also closed in Quetta in protest over the attack, which was claimed by a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militant group.