The video of firing at ex-SCBA President Abdul Latif Afridi at the Peshawar High Court bar room has been released.
The footage begins with a calm scene at the courtyard with the lawyers around, following by commotion.
Soon afterwards, a ruckus is witnessed as people are seen rushing out of one room. What followed was a police personnel taking an armed man away via corridor and lawyers gathering at the scene of the crime.
On Monday (Jan 16), the 79-year-old senior advocate was sitting with other lawyers when the assailant fired at him.
He was rushed to Lady Reading Hospital but the facility pronounced him “dead on arrival”. Lady Reading Hospital administration stated that Afridi was shot with six bullets.
The assassin was identified as trainee lawyer Adnan Afridi, who himself is son of slain lawyer Samiullah Afridi and nephew of ATC Judge Aftab Afridi who was killed with his family in 2021.
Latif Afridi was nominated as a suspect in the killing of Justice Aftab Afridi. The case appears to be one of “personal enmity” and “revenge” according to local sources.
On 30 October 2020, Afridi was elected president of the SCBA by securing 1,236 votes against his opponent Sattar Khan who managed to secure 968 votes. He had also served as the president of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) five times, and the vice-chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council.
In addition to his illustrious legal career, Afridi had also served as a member of the National Assembly between 1997 and 1999. He was the first provincial president of the ANP from 1986 to 1989, and was also the ANP General Secretary from 2005 to 2007.
Within minutes of his death being confirmed by hospital and family sources, messages of shock and condolences started pouring in on social media. Prominent lawyers, journalists, human rights activists, politicians, civil society members, and people from all walks of life are expressing their condemnation of the attack and their sorrow at the untimely and horrific death of an eminent Pakistani jurist.
Many were quick to point out that, in his last speech in Peshawar barely an hour before he was killed, Latif Lala railed against Taliban’s supporters and facilitators, saying that they will be responsible for plunging Pakistan into chaos if they did not work wholeheartedly towards ending war and conflict in the region.
The video of firing on former SCBA president Abdul #LatifAfridi was released on Tuesday. The prominent lawyer was shot dead at the bar room of the #PeshawarHighCourt a day earlier. The assassin was identified as a trainee lawyer and son of slain lawyer Samiullah Afridi#LatifLala pic.twitter.com/nSLcCG5qz4
— The Friday Times (@TFT_) January 17, 2023