Lawyers observe black day against May 12 carnage

KARACHI: Lawyers fraternity observed black day across the country on the call of Pakistan Bar Council to mark the tragic day of May 12, 2007 on which dozens of people were killed and scores others injured in the metropolis.

Black flags were hoisted today on the buildings of various bar councils in different cities in a display of protest against the violent incidents that had brought the entire city to a halt on May 12, 2007 as Sharea Faisal – the busiest and most important artery that leads to the airport – remained blocked with containers

The citizens of Karachi will never forget the day when lawlessness ruled and it seemed as if the city was put under the control of trigger-happy armed men.

May 12, 2007 was the day when former chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had flown into the city to attend a reception hosted in his honour by Supreme Court Bar Association after his historic restoration.

As Sharea Faisal had virtually become a no-go highway where unknown gunmen had killed about 35 people and wounded scores others, the Sindh government had offered to take the former CJ to his destination with the help of a helicopter.

But, justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had decided to go by road and even after remaining confined to the airport for almost seven hours he did not get a green signal to come out as the situation remained out of control throughout the day and the roads outside remained blocked.

Those who tried to get to the airport from alternative routes to welcome the recently restored CJ were fired upon by the unknown gunmen.

The dead bodies and injured continued to lie helpless as citizens could not come as a game of death was being played on the streets. Police and rangers took control of the city several hours later.

Some of the May 12 suspects were taken into custody but others are still at large.