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Four killed in Balochistan violence

October 25, 2013

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QUETTA: At least four people, including a leader of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), were killed in two different incidents in Quetta and Panjgoor town of Balochistan on Friday, police said.

Commissioner Quetta, Usman Gul said gunmen opened fire at a hotel and killed Rasool Bakhsh Khetran and a companion of his on Masjid road area of Quetta.

The assailants sped away on a motorcycle after the attack. Police later took the dead bodies to nearby civil hospital for postmortem.

Family members and Khetran tribesmen brought the dead bodies near Governor House to mourn the killings. The protest resulted in suspension of traffic towards Governor House.

Addressing the incensed protesters, member Balochistan Assembly from Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F), Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran said that the provincial government had completely failed to protect the lives and properties of the masses.

He demanded the arrest of the accused involved in the murder of the PML-N leader. The protesters later dispersed after the assurance of commissioner Quetta division Usman Gul and other high ups.

In another incident, two vehicles were destroyed in a rocket attack in Brewery road area of Quetta. Police said the rocket was fired by unknown militants and landed at TB Sanatorium. Fortunately, there was no loss of life as a result of the rocket attack.

Levies also found two mutilated dead bodies in Panjgoor town. A levies official who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter told Dawn.com that two dead bodies were found in Chakal area of Panjgoor. He said that the dead bodies were yet to be identified.

"It seems to be targeted killing," he said. Mutilated dead bodies are being found in different parts of Balochistan for more than three years. There has been no claim of responsibility for the bullet-riddled bodies.

Human rights groups have repeatedly condemned the recovery of dead bodies of Baloch political activists and demanded the arrest of responsible people.

A few days back, Home Department Government of Balochistan had revealed that 595 dead bodies were found in the province during the last three years.