Saturday, 29 May 2010

BNP activist killed, several arrested in clashes with police

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Occupied Balochistan,QUETTA: One protestor was killed while five others wounded in firing in Shahbaz Town, area of the provincial capital, here on Saturday.

Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) and National Party (NP) have held police and personnel of Frontier Corps (FC) responsible for firing on peaceful protestors.

The workers of BNP blocked different roads of the city, including Double Road and Sariab Road by burning old tyres to protest the arrests.

Police resorted to shelling and aerial firing to disperse the protestors, besides arresting Secretary General of BNP Habib Jalib Advocate and former MPA Akthar Hussain Langov.

A group of protestors were trying to block roads in Shahbaz Town area where law enforcing agencies fired tear gas, besides making aerial firing as a result six protestors sustained injuries.

The injured were being shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for medical aid where one of the injured identified as Naseer Ahmed Langov succumbed to his injuries. The name of three injured protestors were identified as Zubair, Lal Muhammad and Abdul Wahid. Deceased person was cousin of Akthar Hussain Langov, the central leader of BNP.

Following the killing of BNP activists, situation became more tense in different parts of the metropolis and the BNP activists further got infuriated and again blocked roads at Double Road, Sariab Road and Mano Jan Road that caused a massive traffic jam in the city and inconvenience to the commuters.

Later on, protestors brought the dead body of Naseer Ahmed Langov at Quetta Press Club and staged a protest demonstration against the incident.

Protestors were chanting slogans against security forces and demanding humanitarian organizations and United Nations for taking immediate notice of alleged atrocities of state forces.

Addressing a news conference and protestors, the leaders of BNP and NP including, Jahanziab Baloch, Acting General Secretary of BNP, Agha Hassan Advocate, Shafkat Langov and Khalid Langov of NP condemned the killing of Naseer Ahmed and said that police and FC were responsible for his killing and injuring other protestors.

They strongly criticised Governor and Chief Minister of Balochistan and alleged that they had given license to law enforcing agencies to kill innocent Balochs.

They said that both Governor and Chief Minister should learn a lesson from the fate of former Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Muhammad Yousuf who had no place in Balochistan even for hiding himself.

Speakers said that killing of Baloch was continuing for the last 63 years and they would not make any demand or appeal from state institutions rather they would ask international community and NATO for intervention to save Balochs from the excesses of state institutions.

Announcing a protest schedule, they said that protest demonstrations would be held on 30th, May across the province while shutter down and wheel jam strikes would be held on June 1st, and 2nd respectively against the killing of Naseer Langov.

They said that if the personnel of law enforcing agencies who were responsible for opening firing on a peaceful protest were not arrested, protests would remain continued.

Leaders of Baloch National Front (BNF), including Agha Ashraf Dilsoz and Yousuf Baloch also addressed a press conference outside Quetta Press Club.

BNF leaders strongly condemned the killing of Naseer Langov and firing on protestors, saying state forces wanted to crash Baloch national struggle for their independence.

They said that Balochs would continue their struggle and such acts of killing of innocent Balochs could not deviate Balochs from their genuine struggle.

In the meanwhile, BNP workers also burnt tyres in Khuzdar, Wadh, Kalat and Mastung. They blocked the Quetta-Karachi for all types of traffic that caused inconvenience to the commuters.

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