Chief Justice BHC escapes blast in Balochistan

14 Feb 2015

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QUETTA: Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court Justice Noor Muhammad Maskanzai narrowly escaped a powerful bomb explosion in the Noshki area on Saturday.

Police sources told Dawn that the chief justice's convoy was targeted through a remote-controlled blast at Kharan bridge near Noshki.

"There was a huge blast when the CJ's convoy crossed the bridge," police said. One of the security vehicles escorting the judge was partially damaged in the blast that rocked the whole area, they said.

"Justice Noor Muhammad Maskanzai is safe," police confirmed.

The CJ was coming from Kharan to Noshki when his convoy was targeted. The judge was on a visit of lower courts in Kharan and Noshki since the last few days.

Frontier Corps, police and Levies personnel reached the spot and cordoned off the area to probe the incident.

The blast also destroyed a portion of Kharan bridge. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

In the past, convoys of former governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi and former chief minister Nawab Raisani were also targeted through remote-controlled blasts. However, the two top high-ups of the troubled province remained safe in the attacks.