Oct 15, 2010

Balochistan: BNP-M leader Gunned Down


A senior leader of Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) was shot dead in an incident of ‘target killing’ in Kalat town, some 150km southeast of Quetta, on Wednesday.


Below is an article published by The Nation:

Mir Nooruddin Mengal, member of BNP-M’s central committee, was killed near his residence when unidentified men, armed with sophisticated weapons, sprayed a volley of bullets at his vehicle. As a result, he received multiple bullet wounds and rushed to a nearby hospital for first medical aid after which the doctors referred him to Quetta for further treatment; however, he succumbed to his injuries on way to the provincial capital.

According to the eyewitnesses, the assailants fled the scene on a motorbike after they ambushed Mengal while he was returning to his home. The police reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

The police sources said initial investigations suggested that it was a targeted killing, as the murderers were monitoring the movement of Nooruddin Mengal.

The news of Mengal’s assassination spread like a wildfire and a large number of people rushed to the hospital and his residence. The BNP-M activists blocked the National Highway connecting Quetta and Karachi as they chanted slogans against the perpetrators. During the process, dozens of vehicles remained stranded on both sides of road, causing immense difficulties for the commuters.

Acting president of BNP-M Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini termed the killing as a continuity of Baloch people’s genocide, adding that it was a part of the series of the targeted killings as the situation in the province was being deteriorated through a well-knit conspiracy.

In a statement, Jamaldini said the state organisations wanted to crush the struggle of Balochs for their right of self-determination.

Meanwhile, BNP-M announced a ten-day mourning against the killing and gave a complete shutterdown strike call in the province for October 15 (tomorrow).

Addressing a press conference at Quetta Press Club, BNP Secretary Information Agha Hassan said the party would also hold protest rallies on October 17 across the province.

He held establishment responsible for the latest killing, saying the same elements had previously targeted Habib Jalib Baloch, Liaquat Mengal and Naseer Langov.

Hassan said such moves would not deter the Baloch leaders and the workers from their struggle for the right of self-determination.

Later, the BNP-M workers staged a demonstration in front of the Press Club.