BNP leader Abdul Salam killed in Khuzdar

Published: September 28, 2011

Ten days of mourning announced, protest rallies to be taken out in all districts of province.

KHUZDAR: Balochistan National Party (BNP) leader Abdul Salam was gunned down by unidentified people in Khuzdar, Express 24/7 reported on Wednesday.

Two armed men riding a motorbike opened indiscriminate fire on Salam’s vehicle and injured him and his daughter.

Both the victims were taken to the hospital, where Salam succumbed to his injuries. His daughter is in critical condition.

Police have registered a case and have started investigation.

Salam was a prominent lawyer of Khuzdar. The Balochistan Bar Association has strongly condemned the killing and has announced complete boycott of court tomorrow, as a protest against the killing.

Numerous leaders of the BNP have been killed in targeted attacks as the situation in Balochistan remains volatile. In July this year, BNP leader Jumma Khan Raisani was gunned down in Khuzdar.

President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Asma Jehangir said Balochistan’s situation has been deteriorating since the day security forces were given authority to make decisions for the province.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 28, 2011 - 8:51PM

    Why are they killing lawyers?

    I feel all Bar Associations of the country should rise up and tell authorities to ensure safety of all citizens

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  • Brasstacks
    Sep 28, 2011 - 10:11PM

    Sad killing. Any conflict has to be handled with political maturity, see Syed Ali Shah Gilani has not been bumped off in J&K even though he is openly pro Pak but if military is given a free hand without deft political handling it has tendency to run amok. Basically Baloch problem is political problem & has to be solved democratically otherwise you a second Bangladesh in the making.

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  • Sajid
    Sep 28, 2011 - 10:17PM

    Not too hard to guess who killed him, right?

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  • Digvijay Singh
    Sep 28, 2011 - 11:11PM

    I am finding it difficult to understand who could have been involved. It’s a great mystery!

    Anyway, historically speaking, the Baloch people have been slightly unfair with their demands against the state of Pakistan. The rulers of Kalat had acceded to Pakistan formally. By means of the Instrument of Accession, the Punjabi province of Pakistan has as much a right on the natural resources of Baloch region as a Balochi. The people of Balochistan must respect the sanctity of such treaties and offer the legitimate share of natural gas, copper and gold to the remaining people of Pakistan.

    Unfortunately, some sinister misguided Balochi youth have been involved in the heinous murder of many Pakistani citizens. Still, the security establishment has been relatively slack in dealing with their criminal acts. The Balochis must consider themselves lucky in this regard that they are not living under a despotic regime like that of Pol Pot in Cambodia. Pakistan military will surely do everything possible to assuage their mistrust in the most constructive manner. I hope peace and prosperity prevails in the province of Balochistan and rest of Pakistan.

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  • Sep 28, 2011 - 11:15PM

    Security forces in Balochistan, most of whom are from Punjab, have scant respect or knowledge of the dynamics of the province. They seldom understand the culture or the language of the province they are supposed to control. In effect, they dont understand anything thereby creating hatred between Punjabis and Baloch people. This is very unfortunate and Pakistan Army has failed to do anything substantial about it.

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  • Grace
    Sep 28, 2011 - 11:28PM

    @Ameer Hamza: Perhaps you don’t know the majority of FC personnel who are on duty in Baluchistan are Pashtuns from neighbouring Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. They have done an exemplary job of taming the anti state agents sent over from Afghanistan and they enjoy the support of the majority of Baluchis.

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  • Yasser
    Sep 29, 2011 - 12:18AM

    @ Grace .. Don’t make ridiculous and mocking joke. A substantive number of FC personals have been martyred in Baluchistan along with numerous innocent Balochi and Pakhtoons living there. I still believe in “Operation Blue Tulsi” under operation by R&AW assisted by CIA in Baluchistan. Their core objective is to balkanize Pakistan by destabilizing it with target killings and sabotaging its assets.
    I believe our great Abdul Salam (May his soul rest in peace) was martyred by Indian / CIA agents.

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  • Cynical
    Sep 29, 2011 - 12:57AM

    @Grace
    You are surely not a Balochi.
    The majority of Baloch doesn’t want to do anything with Pakistan.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Sep 29, 2011 - 1:13AM

    BNP has also killed many innocent people.

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  • Gen Pasha (retd)
    Sep 29, 2011 - 1:15AM

    @H.A. Khan: the Bar association is to busy throwing rose petals on murderers and hanging extremist stickers on their offices calling for the public to murder Ahmadis

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  • Grace
    Sep 29, 2011 - 1:37AM

    @Yasser: I think we are both saying the same thing. I agree that the FC has done a great job of controlling anti state criminals sent over through Afghanistan by India. And yes many of them have been killed but overall they have controlled the situation. I am just pointing out that the FC personnel are Pashtun and not Punjabi.

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  • fahim
    Sep 29, 2011 - 2:34AM

    we all know who did this… just that we are afraid to speak the truth. Shameful for this country

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  • Doctor
    Sep 29, 2011 - 2:44AM

    @ Yasser – the Balkanization is happening without foreign involvement. Get real please.

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  • M.Akthar
    Sep 29, 2011 - 5:25AM

    ISI style.

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  • GetRidOfFeudalPolitics
    Sep 29, 2011 - 6:55AM

    @Cynical: And you’re a Baloch?

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  • strange
    Sep 29, 2011 - 7:42AM

    @Digvijay Singh:
    strangely very balanced comments from apparently a non Pakistani

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  • Mirza
    Sep 29, 2011 - 8:05AM

    It is only the leaders of secular parties that are killed. Why no leader of rightwing Islamist parties is ever killed? It is a domestic war between the moderates and fundamentalist Recommend

  • islooboy
    Sep 29, 2011 - 8:51AM

    @Ameer Hamza:
    FC is totally pakhtun

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  • moon
    Sep 29, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Inna Lillahi wa’Inna Ilaihi Ra’ajiuun…!
    Whoever is behind all this is utterly condemned….!

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  • Amjad
    Sep 29, 2011 - 10:16AM

    @GetRidOfFeudalPolitics: Take a guess- mine would be that cynical is an Indian who is posting here since the majority of Baluch remain strongly pro Pakistani. That’s why so many of them want to join up with the Pak military.

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  • Beginning to understand
    Sep 29, 2011 - 1:59PM

    @strange: Digvijay Singh is a member of the Indian Congress and was a former CM in India. He is hated till the tilt in India. Since when have you started to believe in politicians?

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Sep 29, 2011 - 3:42PM

    For a moment I though it was “B” stood for Bangladesh and not Balouchistan.
    But, then again, what’s the big difference anyway?

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Sep 29, 2011 - 3:46PM

    No one is stupid enough to bump off a BNP leader. This is the work of Harbayar Marri to implicate the Pakistani army.

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  • Dur Mohammed
    Sep 29, 2011 - 9:52PM

    the pic which is attached with this news is not real, he is not Abdul Salaam Advocate…… plz change it

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