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    • Aug. 6, 2015, 2:23 AM
    By Katharine Houreld

    DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban on Thursday claimed credit for killing a lower court judge in the city of Rawalpindi, the insurgent group said in a statement, the latest in a series of attacks on civilians working for the criminal justice system.

    Pakistan, a nuclear-armed nation of 190 million people, is plagued by criminal gangs, sectarian militants and a Taliban insurgency.

    Threats and attacks on civilian judges and lawyers prompted the government to set up secret military courts in February to try militant suspects, following a Taliban massacre of 134 children at an army-run school last December.

    "Our special task force has targeted additional session judge Tahir Khan Niazi in Rawalpindi successfully," Taliban spokesman Muhammad Khorasani said in an emailed statement. He did not say why Niazi was targeted.

    Abdul Hafiz, a clerk at the sessions court in the city next to the capital, Islamabad, confirmed Wednesday's killing.

    "Some people came to his home and fired on him," he said.

    The government says militants usually walk free because civilians are too scared to convict them. Lawyers and judges agree security is a problem, but they also complain of outdated laws, poorly trained and poorly paid police, and political interference.

    Saroop Ijaz, the Pakistani representative of rights group Human Rights Watch, said the government must reform the long-neglected criminal justice system. But so far, there has been little sign of progress, he said.

    "The government needs to have a public conversation on what is being done to fix that broken system," he added.



    (Additional reporting by Katharine Houreld; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)



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    Those who release them gets killed !! Unfortunate
     
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    More like something to learn from!
     
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    Claim seems rubbish, TTP has gotten so desperate that they are owning murders of others just to make the public sense their dying presense.
    Everyone in Rawalpindi knows who got him killed but sadly our media was busy in reporting the firing on Wasim Akram's car instead of murder of a judge by the notorious land grabber group of the city.

    Justice Niazi was hearing Sabira Bibi murder case for which, the accused Imtiaz Khokhar aka Taji Khokhar is in jail.
    Taji is a notorious land grabber of Rawalpindi and he had helped Malik Riaz a lot in completing his famous Bahria town project by forcefully occupying/forcing locals to sell off their lands. Besides, he is involved in many murders throughout the city. The khokhars are a political family and they take part in elections on PPP tickets. The Khokhars and their men move around the city in their vehicles all of which have 333 number licenced plates and no one stops them on checkpoints.
    Besides, Taji Khokhar has cordial relations with extremists like Maulana Ahmad Ludhyanvi as well.
     
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    These khokars have a lot of land on the other side of Islamabad expressway!
     
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    Their daira is on the Western side of Unity,faith discipline hill, near Fazaia.