QUETTA/GWADAR: The Balochistan governm­ent has constituted a four-member committee to inv­e­­stigate the alleged killi­­ng of Balaach Mola Bakh­­sh in a clash with the Co­unter Terrorism Depar­tment (CTD) in Turbat.

As per a notification is­­sued by the additional chief secretary of home and tribal affairs on Wed­nesday, Fisheries Secre­t­ary Imran Gichki will lead the committee comprising the deputy inspector general of Quetta police, deputy commissioner of Kech and Gwadar SSP.

The committee, formed under Section 3(1) of the Balochistan Trib­unal of Inquiry Ordinance 1969, will investigate the CTD’s alleged encounter leading to the death of Balaach.

The committee is mandated to complete its inq­uiry, determine the incident’s motives, and submit its report within 15 days.

Meanwhile, Balaach’s coffin was buried in Koh-i-Murad graveyard on Wednesday, following his funeral prayers at Fida Shaheed Chowk attended by hundreds of people.

After the burial, an­­ot­h­­er sit-in was staged at Fida Shaheed Chowk, with the family and its organisers vowing to continue protests until justice is served.

On Nov 24, the CTD said that it had killed four people in an op­er­a­tion. The identified victims included Shakoor Baloch, Saif Baloch, and Balaach Mola Bakhsh.

Published in Dawn, November 30th, 2023

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