Apr 04, 2013

Balochistan: Former Advocate General Reported Missing

On Wednesday 3 April 2013, the former Balochistan Advocate General, Salahuddin Mengal, was approached by armed men in Quetta and has been missing ever since.

Below is an article published by Dawn.com:

Mengal was on his way home from the Balochistan High Court when armed men stopped his vehicle at Sariab Road. According to police, the kidnappers initially fired shots in the air to disperse the people. Then they picked up Mengal in a car. Mengal’s car was abandoned on Sariab road.

“A search operation is underway in the area,” Deputy Inspector General Operations Police told Dawn.com. He said police and Frontier Corps personnel were placed on high alert on all exit and entry points of Quetta to ensure Mengal’s unhurt recovery.

Soon after the incident, angry protesters blocked Sariab road to protest against the incident, chanting slogans against the administration. However, the road was opened after successful negotiations between police and protesters.

Salahuddin Mengal has served as AG of Balochistan during Nawab Aslam Raisani’s and late Jam Yousuf’s governments.

This incident has come more than one month after the kidnapping of Prosecutor General Balochistan Wasey Tareen Advocate. Tareen was kidnapped by unknown militants near Zhob area of Balochistan.