Suspect of the Murder Case of Latif Afridi In Custody

Today's funeral at Hayatabad, Peshawar, attracted a sizable crowd. The suspect in the murder of Latif Afridi was held in police custody for two days.

An accused in the suspected murder of a senior attorney and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Abdul Latif Afridi, was remanded in police custody on Tuesday.

As reported by the police, Afridi, 80, was being shot at when he and other attorneys were seated in the Peshawar High Court bar room. He was taken urgently to Lady Reading Hospital but did not make it.

Adnan Samiullah Afridi, the offender, was allegedly apprehended at the site and sent to the East Canto­n­ment Police Station, where a report was filed.

It was informed by a police officer at the station said that the accused had admitted to the crime and had murdered the victim as a result of a family dispute.

Meanwhile, Peshawar Capital City Police Officer Muhammad Ijaz Khan established a fact-finding panel, with the SSP inquiry serving as its chairman, to ascertain how the assailants could smuggle a weapon onto the court’s grounds.

Within 24 hours, the panel will turn in its findings.

The accused was introduced to Judicial Magistrate Badar Munir earlier this morning. The court placed Adnan in jail for two days after accepting the police petition.

The senior attorney’s funeral was held in Hayatabad’s Bagh-i-Naran.

A lot of politicians, attorneys, and other prominent people attended the funeral home before the service, including PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid. Zubair Ali, the mayor of Peshawar, and Azam Nazeer Tarar, the minister of federal law, were also present.

A reporter on the scene observed the complex security measures that CCPO Khan himself was overseeing.

The legal community and Afridi’s supporters have been horrified by his murder, which signals the end of an era.

Latif Afridi, better known by his stage name Latif Lala, left behind a legacy of years of fighting for civil freedoms, democracy, the supremacy of the law, and the rights of people, particularly those who reside in the former Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

He was born in 1943, received his LLB from the University of Peshawar in 1968, and practised law for more than 50 years. It is a testament to his standing in the legal profession that he was elected president of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 2020 and served as that organization’s president for numerous terms.

Additionally, he continued to serve as the Pakistan Bar Council’s vice chairman and member.

He frequently urged for a defined state policy on terrorism and was a forthright opponent of militants in the area. He also spoke out strongly against military meddling in politics, calling it an infringement on people’s basic rights.

Latif Lala gained notoriety for his radical politics during his lifetime. He remained mostly affiliated with the Awami National Party throughout his political career, where he remained up until a few years ago. He was a member of the National Democratic Party before his murder, a freshly established group headed by North Waziristan politician Mohsin Dawar.

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