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QUETTA: Motorbike gunmen Friday shot dead a senior police officer investigating sectarian killings in Pakistan's troubled southwestern province of Balochistan, police said.

The incident took place in Quetta, the capital of the oil and gas rich province, which is plagued by sectarian violence, a tribal insurgency and attacks by Taliban militants.

Police said the assailants sprayed Quetta’s Superintendent Police (SP) Investigation Jamil Kakar with bullets when he left his house in his official car, killing him and injuring a police guard.

“Jamil Kakar died on the spot. We are investigating the motives of the attack,” Salim Lahri, another senior police official in Quetta told AFP.

“The attackers fled on the motorcycle, we have launched a search for their arrest.”

Officials said Kakar was investigating several sectarian attacks and that he had received threats in the recent past.

Kakar was on his way to appear for the hearing of the Balochistan law and order case which was heard at the Supreme Court's Quetta registry.

Kakar was earlier posted at Barori Road Police Station in Quetta as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP). He was later promoted to the post of SP and was transferred to the Sariab Road Police Station.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but sectarian violence has left thousands of people dead in Pakistan since the late 1980s.

At least 320 Shias have been killed in targeted attacks this year across Pakistan, including more than 100 in Balochistan, the majority from the Hazara community, the Human Rights Watch said.

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Comments (13)

ahsan shah UK
September 7, 2012 10:26 am
Secret Agencies deafeted Govt again
September 7, 2012 8:13 am
Government should act like Sri Lankan government did to Tamil rebels.Eliminate ruthlessly rebels & their leaders.
Shahzad Latif
September 7, 2012 8:10 am
Very unfortunate and very sad. May Allah save all Pakistanis from themselves.
Ahmed Saeed
September 7, 2012 7:36 am
Unfortunate and tragic
September 7, 2012 8:07 am
Can Allah save a nation hell bent on committing suicide?
Baheryab Hazara
September 9, 2012 5:40 am
The terrorists cannot justify their henious crimes by killing innocent people. Actually these terrorists are spoiling the sacred notion of Jehad. Jamil Kakar is a virtual Shaheed, who embraced martyrdom during performance of his duties.May Allah Almighty rest his soul in peace.
September 7, 2012 8:09 am
Killers came on motorbike, killed SP and disappeared ! Motorbike is a chopper, it flew away.typical tactics like target killing in Karachi.
Aimal Khan
September 7, 2012 12:51 pm
these heinous acts are impossible to be done without the establishment, secret agencies supporting them!!!
javed abbas
September 7, 2012 8:42 am
very said and tragic incident 4 pkistani people.
September 7, 2012 1:33 pm
just check the fundings jehadis are getting, every illegal madaras should be abolished, and only with transparrent account should be allowed to remain in business
Muhammad Choudhry
September 7, 2012 10:36 am
May Allah help Pakistan, Allah helps those who help themselves. I have no hope as long as these crooks are ruling this nation. This is the Government in this world, who help dishonest and who steels government money. There is no logic to ask Allah for help. Muhammad Choudhry USA
September 7, 2012 11:40 am
Musharraf tried that but now he is on trial for doing just that... so what do we do?
September 7, 2012 6:43 am
May Allah save Pakistan
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