At least 11 people, including additional sessions judge Rafaqat Awan, were killed on March 3, 2014, at around 9.15 am when unidentified assailants opened fire and threw crackers in a court in the capital city’s F-8 area.
Apart from Mr Awan, the dead included:
Ms Fizza Tariq
Mian M Aslam son of Sardar Ahmad
Rao Rasheed Advocate
Tanveer Haider Advocate
& 3 Others
Twenty-five people were reportedly injured in the attack.
Moreover, lawyers fled from their chambers seeking shelter from bullets as fear and panic gripped the premises.
According to police, two blasts took place inside the court’s premises, one near the chambers of a judge and the other outside the same Judge’s office where he had his office as a lawyer before becoming the Judge.
Officers at the scene said the incident began when a defendant was brought before the court and his associates tried to break him free.
Another senior-ranking police official said the incident could be a terror attack but nothing could be said with certainty as yet.
According to police authorities, militants entered the chambers of judge Rafaqat Awan and killed him by opening fire on him.
The hearings of cases scheduled for the day were postponed.
Subsequently, police and special forces were deployed in the court and emergency was declared in hospitals.
The capital city is currently under high alert and the Red Zone has also been sealed.
The head and feet of the suicide attacker were found, and taken into custody for investigation by officials.
Pakistan has been in the grip of a bloody homegrown Taliban insurgency since 2007 but attacks within the capital have been very rare in recent years.