renowned lawyer killed by colleague in court

The killer, who fired six bullets at close range, told police he had a “personal enmity” with his victim.

A prominent Pakistani lawyer was killed on Monday, January 16, in a court of law by a colleague who killed him with six bullets at close range for personal reasons, local police and a witness learned.

Abdul Latif Afridi, former president of the Pakistan Bar Association, was taking a break with his colleagues in a courtroom in Peshawar (northwest) when he was attacked.

Six bullets in the chest

The killer, a junior lawyer wearing his robe, opened fire at point blank range and then surrendered to the policeIjaz Khan, a senior police official in Peshawar, told AFP. Me Afridi, a 79-year-old former parliamentarian, was shot six times in the chest, shot from less than a meter away, Muhammad Rizwan, a legal assistant who attended the scene, told AFP.

When the shooter surrendered, he said: “Don’t pull. I had a personal enmity with him and I took revengeMuhammad Rizwan said. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif hailed Me Afridi as a “seasoned jurist and courageous politician, known for his justice“.

Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a mountainous region bordering Afghanistan where tribal disputes over land ownership or honor often escalate into violent clashes. The police indicated that a complaint had been filed against Me Afridi, accusing him of being involved in the death of the father of his hitman, who is one of his distant relatives.

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