Christians mourn the death of Handery Masieh, Christian provincial legislator of the governing National Party after he was gunned down by his own bodyguard, outside a hospital in Quetta on June 14, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Christians mourn the death of Handery Masieh, Christian provincial legislator of the governing National Party after he was gunned down by his own bodyguard, outside a hospital in Quetta on June 14, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Christians mourn the death of Handery Masieh, Christian provincial legislator of the governing National Party after he was gunned down by his own bodyguard, outside a hospital in Quetta on June 14, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Christians mourn the death of Handery Masieh, Christian provincial legislator of the governing National Party after he was gunned down by his own bodyguard, outside a hospital in Quetta on June 14, 2014. — Photo by AFP
Christian MPA Handery Masieh. — Image taken from website of the Balochistan Assembly
Christian MPA Handery Masieh. — Image taken from website of the Balochistan Assembly

QUETTA/ISLAMABAD: Minority member of the Balochistan Assembly Handery Masieh was killed by his guard in Quetta on Saturday, an official said.

He was killed in a firing incident in Nawan Killi — located in the suburbs of Quetta — the provincial capital of Balochistan.

Jan Muhammad Buledi, the government spokesperson of Balochistan, told Dawn.com that Masih's security guard opened fire on Christian MPA Masieh outside his residence as a result of which he suffered serious bullet wounds.

"Masieh succumbed to his injuries in the hospital," Buledi added.

"Yes this was an act of targeted killing", he said. Buledi stated that initially the accused opened fire at the nephew of Masieh.

"Then the accused opened indiscriminate firing at the slain legislator," the spokesman stated.

Police sources have confirmed that the suspect has now been arrested.

Earlier, according to AFP, Abddul Razzaq Cheema, the city's police chief, said: “The bodyguard had some personal dispute with Masieh's nephew and both had a brawl outside the residence of the lawmaker.

“The bodyguard opened fire on the nephew as Masih came out of his home to stop him. He was hit in the neck and died on the way to hospital. “ Cheema added that the bodyguard was “loyal” and bore Masieh no personal enmity.

Another police official in Quetta confirmed the killing and added: “Masih's nephew was also wounded in the attack. “

It was the latest killing of a serving lawmaker in Pakistan.

Masieh was elected on a ticket of the National Party (NP) as a minority member in the Balochistan Assembly. He belonged to Balochistan’s Mastung district and was an active leader of the ruling NP.

"The same guard was serving with Masieh for the past 15 years," Rehmat Baloch, the provincial health minister and central leader of NP, told Dawn.com.

A large number of NP supporters and leaders gathered at Frontier Corps hospital where his body was kept.

Ruling National Party has announced three days of mourning in the aftermath of the cold-blooded murder.

Home Secretary Balochistan, Akbar Hussain Durrani said a police investigation teams was formed to ensure the arrest of Hendry Masieh killers.

This was for the first time in the history of Balochistan that any minority legislator was targeted.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the incident and directed the Balochistan government to bring the perpetrator of his killing to book.

Chief Minister Balochistan Dr. Malik Baloch, who also belongs to the NP, strongly condemned the incident and directed police to arrest the accused person involved in the murder.


NA observes two-minute silence to mourn Handery's killing


The National Assembly observed a two-minute silence today to mourn the killing of Handery Masih.

Khalil George, a minority MNA, informed the House that a minority MPA of Balochistan Assembly had been assassinated.

He demanded impartial inquiry to probe the murder.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed assured the House that he would contact the provincial government and urge impartial inquiry of the murder.

Expressing grief and sorrow over the murder, he said the government was with the family of the late MPA.

The representatives of various political parties went to George and strongly condemned the brutal murder of the MPA while also demanding impartial inquiry into his killing. — APP


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Last Word
Jun 14, 2014 03:05pm

The security guard will be showered with rose petals by the lawyers community

Aurang
Jun 14, 2014 03:15pm

Here goes another innocent non-Muslim's assassination - where are people taking largest piece from the budget but not delivering?

Ajay
Jun 14, 2014 03:20pm

Sad,

Moiz Omar
Jun 14, 2014 03:30pm

Similar to the Salman Taseer incident. Now this nation will praise the terrorist murderer of the MNA as a "hero" or such.

Sajjad Khan
Jun 14, 2014 03:31pm

My apologies to his loved ones and relatives. MAY God bless his soul.

Rev David N
Jun 14, 2014 03:37pm

VERY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT HENDRY MASIH FATHER IN HEAVEN WE ASK YOU TO GIVE PEACE YOUR ARE THE PEACE GIVER GRANT FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ALL THE CHRISTAIN PEOPLE PEACE IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER , SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Rizwan
Jun 14, 2014 03:40pm

Sick minds

Rev David N
Jun 14, 2014 03:41pm

very sad to hear Father give them peace in the Jesus Name

Naeem Khan
Jun 14, 2014 03:42pm

Around 8,000 criminals are awaiting death sentences in Pakistani prisons. There has not been a single execution during the past 8 years. So every one is sure not to be hanged and he is hopeful to get away unpunished may be in a jail break or out of court settlement. Therefore, a murder in our society is no big deal now and that too of a non muslim.

Laeeq,NY
Jun 14, 2014 03:46pm

Another murder of minority member.

Farooq M.Hashmi
Jun 14, 2014 03:54pm

I'm at a loss of words strong enough to condemn the naked savagery done to the non-Muslim compatriots.

nadeem
Jun 14, 2014 03:55pm

May God bless his soul.

Shah Alam
Jun 14, 2014 03:55pm

@Aurang How can the army prevent your own guard from killing you?

zak
Jun 14, 2014 04:20pm

Until this and the murderer of Salman Taseer are hung quickly, this will keep happening as there is no fear of deterrence.

san
Jun 14, 2014 04:37pm

@Shah Alam Gun culture in Pakistan should go, including their strategic asset- Terrorism.

Mohammad Akhtar
Jun 14, 2014 05:06pm

On the day day of Judgement Allah will ask you about taking the life of an innocent person, and HE will do the justice at that time if our government can not do to save the lives of its citizen. What a shame committed in the name of Islam.

Khalid
Jun 14, 2014 05:23pm

Deepest condolences to the family and friends, and he biggest loss is to Pakistan. Handery was a "Pakistani first and foremost" and did everything for his fellow brothers and sisters. It is so sad that some "twisted warped individual" carried out such a a criminally insane act. I hope "proper justice & punishment is meted out to him" May Handery's soul rest in Peace.

Zia
Jun 14, 2014 05:24pm

Yet another unfortunate incident - the lawyers will shower petals on the murderer. Aik aur shaheed hua tere dar par ay pyare watan

Ali Turi
Jun 14, 2014 05:26pm

Is anyone safe in this land of pure? The guard had been serving the MPA for 15 years which shows he had full trust in this bloke. May God help Pakistan. Feel so sorry for the family.

aqil sheraz
Jun 14, 2014 05:26pm

very sad event

aqil sheraz
Jun 14, 2014 05:26pm

very sad

Ahmed
Jun 14, 2014 06:03pm

This look like an other Qadri.

haseeb
Jun 14, 2014 06:08pm

Security situation in Pakistan is fragile. Without primacy of law nothing can be put on right course. One example set by government will bring down the rate of killing. Courts should exercise their power in true spirit and incidents should not be politcised.

Fiz
Jun 14, 2014 06:11pm

PM don't condemn but do do something about this mindset. And if you you can't do something then go home and spend the rest of your life where ever you want to spend. We don't want a PM who can't deliver.

S. Khan
Jun 14, 2014 06:11pm

Another family destroyed and left behind to suffer forever.

Amjad Wyne
Jun 14, 2014 06:44pm

Minimum punishment for this body guard..."hang him in public"... And for those lawyers that fail to understand, "justice" - put them behind bar for once.

syed golam nabi
Jun 14, 2014 07:00pm

The bodyguard opened fire on the nephew as Masih came out of his home to stop him. He was hit in the neck and died on the way to hospital. “ Cheema added that the bodyguard was “loyal” and bore Masieh no personal enmity.

Raj Patel
Jun 14, 2014 07:01pm

Pakistani security personnel are no good for trusted body guards. First Taseer and now this. No minority people is safe in Pakistan.

Neela
Jun 14, 2014 07:02pm

@Shah Alam But which is the truth? Body guard shot him because of a dispute?

SaeedS
Jun 14, 2014 07:04pm

@Mohammad Akhtar don't put everything on the judgement day. If you really sincere you ask the judgment today by punishing Taseer killer Qadri .

H.M. Jafri
Jun 14, 2014 07:07pm

RIP

Farooq M.Hashmi
Jun 14, 2014 07:28pm

As being a Muslim, the gruesome murder of Mr. Hendery Masieh has put me to a humiliating shame. But what to do of the " guards " who are the very antithesis of their calling !? Who gunned down Governor Salman Taseer from the point blank range ? No other than his own " guard ." Who shot down Prime Minister Indera Gandhi ? No other than her own "guard." When guards turn the killer of their wards whither safety of the latter!?

GA
Jun 14, 2014 08:48pm

Pakistan will have to start hanging people for murder along with anyone who showers rose petals. It's the best deterrence

Abdul Hamid
Jun 14, 2014 10:41pm

@Naeem Khan If the killer is hanged publically, I can assure that such an incident will not take place in Quetta during the next 10 years at least.

GKBaloch
Jun 14, 2014 10:44pm

"The National Assembly observed a two-minute silence today to mourn the killing of Handery Masih" - That is all the deceased is going to get from the custodians of Islamic Republic.. .

Parvez
Jun 14, 2014 10:53pm

...and our leaders will make the right noises and go to sleep.......after all USD 1.5 billion is a great incentive to shut ones eyes.

Shoaib
Jun 14, 2014 11:23pm

@Mohammad Akhtar Islam has nothing to do with this incident

Muhammam
Jun 15, 2014 12:31am

This is very bad, guard must be hang. But then I think, did we get the justice for Salman taseer.? his poor son was badly kidnapped. Sad! We need to take some action against them!

Jamal
Jun 15, 2014 01:02am

Has Pakistan become a nation of murderers? Life is cheap here. Minor disputes, personal grievances, political and religious differences are settled with the bullet. For Allah's sake tell the Mullahs to preach sanctity of life rather than murder.

Sheikh Rohail Ahmed
Jun 15, 2014 01:47am

May his soul rest in peace! He was very nice, humble and peace loving person!

Ahmad Khan
Jun 15, 2014 07:29am

@Shoaib Thats the problem, every one has his own version of Islam?????????

S.Khan
Jun 15, 2014 08:31am

Very sad, no one is safe in Pakistan. Lawlessness is increasing our country day by day. I have no word to condemn this act of evil. May God give peace and comfort to the victim's family.

gagan sarkar
Jun 15, 2014 09:03pm

@Jamal Seeds of hatred has been sown for the last sixty seven years, and this has grown to a large forest. it will take centuries before all these mess are uprooted.

Nadeem Chaudhry
Jun 16, 2014 07:44am

“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me— and there was no one left to speak out for me.” ? Martin Niemöller

graham
Jun 16, 2014 03:03pm

@Last Word

Quran (8:12) - "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" Please do not blame the guard. He did what he was told by the Mullah.

shah
Jun 16, 2014 07:21pm

@graham The Quran is interpreted and not read literally, which is what you are doing. The time, place and historical context is necessary to interpret Quran correctly.