January 15, 2010

2 Baloch nationalists killed, 4 injured in Khuzdar

Daily Times, Pakistan

* HRCP Khuzdar chapter holds FC responsible for killings
* FC rejects charge

By Malik Siraj Akbar

QUETTA: At least two Baloch nationalists were shot dead and four seriously injured in a firing incident at a Baloch Students’ Organisation-Azad (BSO-Azad) protest rally in Khuzdar on Friday.

The participants of the rally were protesting against the killings of Baloch citizens in Lyari, Sindh, and the launch of a government-backed operation in the area.

Ali Dost – younger brother of a Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader – succumbed to injuries – received during the firing – while he was being treated at the hospital. Similarly, Saddam Hussain – a Balochistan Residential College (BRC) student – was killed in the Gazgi area.

The four injured men were identified as Inayat Baloch, Farid Baloch Wahab Baloch and Liaqat Ali. The latter, said to be in critical condition, was shifted to a hospital in Karachi.

Responsible: A representative of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Khuzdar chapter accused the Frontier Corps (FC) for opening fire at the protesters. Likewise, the BNP and the BSO also alleged that the FC had resorted to violence in what was a peaceful democratic rally.

On the contrary, APP reported that unidentified armed men – riding a motorbike – had opened fire at the protesters, which killed the two students and injured four others.

Talking to Daily Times, FC spokesman Murtaza Baig said that the paramilitary force was neither deployed at Friday’s protest rally nor did it open fire on the protesters.

Baloch political parties have called for a three-day mourning period to be observed against Friday’s incident.The aftermath of the incident saw Baloch nationalists torching three vehicles, smashing window panes of many others, and pelting stones at government buildings in the provincial capital.

Shutter down in Baloch-dominated areas to protest against killings

KARACHI: A shutter down strike was observed in the Baloch-dominated areas of the city to protest against target killings and abductions, on Friday. Due to massive rallies and protest demonstrations, routine and commercial life was suspended in the Baloch-dominated areas including Lyari, Pak Colony, Garden, Malir, Gadap, Keamari, Hawkesbay area and Mauripur. Protesting locals of these areas resorted to aerial firing and also ignited tyres on roads. However, a heavy contingent of law enforcers was also present to avert any untoward incident. A large number of people belonging to different parts of Lyari also staged sit-in demonstrations at Mauripur and Hawkesbay Roads against the target killing of Baloch people. Meanwhile, the Lyari Peace Committee also organised a rally from Lyari’s Baghdadi area to demand restoration of peace in Lyari, Pak Colony and Garden. Uzair Baloch led the rally and the protesters carried placards of Pakistan People’s Party, Baloch Liberation Army and Baloch Students Organisation, and shouted slogans against target killings. staff report

Report on missing Baloch leader sought

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday ordered the deputy attorney general and Sindh advocate general to submit within two weeks a report of law enforcement and intelligence agencies on the whereabouts of a missing Baloch leader.

A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany and Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh, also issued notices for January 21 to the interior ministry secretary, Sindh home secretary, Sindh IG, director generals of intelligence agencies and SHO of Garden police station. Petitioner Niaz Muhammad Lango approached the SHC seeking whereabouts of his brother Abdul Ghaffar Lango, a leader of the Balochistan National Party. Niaz submitted that Ghaffar had come to the city for medical treatment of his wife Zarina at the Institute of Surgery and Medicines in the Garden area on December 9, 2009; plainclothes armed personnel whisked him away two days later from the hospital premises while he was on his way to procure medicines.

Ghaffar’s relatives approached the Garden police station to lodge a complaint of his abduction, but the duty officer refused to do so; they were directed to first approach the higher authorities in the Sindh and federal governments, Niaz said. ppi

QUETTA – A complete shutterdown and wheel-jam strike was observed on Friday in various parts of Balochistan against the killing of the Baloch in Karachi while two political activists were killed and four others sustained injuries in alleged firing of security forces in Khuzdar District. The protesters torched vehicles, motorbikes and pelted stones on official buildings and banks in different towns of Balochistan. The call for the strike was given by the Baloch National Front (BNF) which was also supported by all other nationalist parties and business community.

In Quetta, all main trading centres and shopping plazas at Jinnah Road, Shara-e-Iqbal, Liaquat Bazaar, Prince Road, Sariab Road, Joint Road, Double Road and other areas remained closed. Though the wheel-jam strike in Quetta was not complete however traffic was low as compared to normal days. The attendance in the offices was also thin due to closure of public transport.

The administration had taken strict security measures to avert any untoward incident and mobile squads of police, Frontier Corps and Balochistan Constabulary continued to patrol the city. However, according to police, unidentified people torched two vehicles including an official vehicle and a rickshaw and pelted several vehicles with stones smashing their windscreen in different parts of the City.

Police said two people were arrested in Quetta for forcing shopkeepers to close their shops. Wheel-jam strike also paralysed traffic on national highways linking Quetta with Taftan, Karachi and Jacobabad.
According to reports coming from Khuzdar, two political activists including a worker of Baloch Students Organization (BSO-Azad) were killed and four others wounded when personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) allegedly opened firing on the activists of BSO-Azad.

Sources said that Saddam Baloch an activist of BSO-Azad was organising workers for taking out a rally to protest against killings of Baloch in Karachi and incidents of forced disappearances in Balochistan, when FC personnel allegedly shot him dead in Gazgi area.

While the second incident took place when security forces allegedly opened indiscriminate firing on a rally jointly taken out by workers of BSO-Azad and BNF. Resultantly, one protestor identified as Ali Dost was killed while four others including Liaquat Ali, Zafar Baloch, Inayat Baloch and Farid Baloch sustained injuries.

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