As maverick Kashmiri lawyer is shot dead in his home, family say they have no faith in investigation

An outspoken lawyer who once started his own party, Babar Qadri had ruffled feathers in both India and Pakistan.

Mohammad Yaseen Qadri was at home on the evening of September 24 when two visitors arrived, asking for his son, Babar Qadri. An advocate, 40-year-old Babar Qadri often had clients visiting his home in Hawal, a locality in Srinagar’s old town. There were chairs in the lawn where visiting clients could wait.

“As our helper showed them towards the chairs, he called for Babar,” recalled Mohammad Qadri.

The advocate met the visitors in the lawn and started chatting. “They were carrying some files,” said his father. “While Babar was still going through the files, one of the visitors opened fire on him. Even though he had been hit, he managed to run and reach the corridor of the house. I saw him lying in a pool of blood in the corridor.” The shooters had melted away instantly.


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