BNP leader's funeral prayers offered

Published: July 14, 2010
Protesters disperse after police used teargas after Habib Jalib's murder. PHOTO: AFP

Protesters disperse after police used teargas after Habib Jalib's murder. PHOTO: AFP

Protesters disperse after police used teargas after Habib Jalib's murder. PHOTO: AFP BNP leader, Habib Jalib, was shot dead in Quetta. BNP leader, Habib Jalib, was shot dead in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: Funeral Prayers of former senator Habib Jalib Baloch have been offered in Quetta.

Gunmen assassinated the nationalist leader on Wednesday, as he left his home on the outskirts of Quetta, police and relatives said.

Habib Jalib was secretary general of the opposition faction of Balochistan National Party, which advocates greater autonomy for the southwestern province and campaigns peacefully for self determination. Relatives said Jalib, a lawyer and former MP, was going to drop his children at school when gunmen waiting for him outside sprayed bullets and fled on a motorbike.

“He expired on his way to hospital. The motorcycle riders managed to flee after the firing,” Shah Nawaz, a senior police officer in the hospital, told AFP. The shooting took place in the Sariab neighbourhood on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.

Police said the identities of the killers were not immediately clear, but that a manhunt had been launched.  Shops and markets shut down after Jalib’s killing. Authorities also closed Balochistan University for two days in a bid to minimise violent protests.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Raisani formed a judicial commission to probe Jalib’s killing. A judge of the Balochistan High Court has been made head of the commission.

BNP workers staged a protest on the occasion and demanded arrest of the culprits behind the attack. The Balochistan National Party has announced a forty-day mourning period in memory of Jalib.

A three day shutter-down strike has also been announced in Qalaat, Mastung, Hub, Bela, Noshki and Khuzdar. The University of Balochistan will also remain closed for two days.

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Reader Comments (14)

    Jul 14, 2010 - 10:05AM

    very sad incidentRecommend

  • Yasir Qadeer
    Jul 14, 2010 - 11:47AM

    The target killing spree going on in Quetta looks like a tactic by the terrorists to create political instability in our country. I hope this does not start agitation in public because that is what the terrorists would be hoping for.Recommend

  • Riaz
    Jul 14, 2010 - 11:48AM

    oh my God!Recommend

  • Mohsin Aly
    Jul 14, 2010 - 1:25PM

    Sad News !!!!!Recommend

  • Hamza Baloch
    Jul 14, 2010 - 2:05PM

    Dont know when police will able to control target killing :xRecommend

  • Farukh Sarwar
    Jul 14, 2010 - 4:08PM

    Target killings have destroyed the very fabric of our society. The civil society and every single citizen of this country will have to play its role in curbing militancy and target killings.Recommend

  • Saad Mengal
    Jul 14, 2010 - 4:30PM

    May his soul rest in peace, thats a tragic! :( Ada was a great man.Recommend

    Jul 14, 2010 - 4:43PM

    May His soul Rest in peace, Why government failed to control target killing.Recommend

  • Jul 14, 2010 - 4:47PM

    There is going to be hell to pay. The collateral damage is going to be far more severe than this sad incident in itself. Recommend

  • Tariq Mengal
    Jul 14, 2010 - 6:15PM

    Another big loss after Shaheed Nawab akber khan Bugti and Shaeed Balach mari.We lost such a leader who born in centuries.Agencies want we should go point of no return.that’s why they are doing such incidents.Recommend

  • Jugnu
    Jul 14, 2010 - 8:07PM

    I hope peace will prevail in Balochistan and his followers will honor his lifelong admiration for non-violence methods of protest.

    Habib Jalib Baloch : Rest in Peace Recommend

  • Amna Zaman
    Jul 20, 2010 - 11:16AM

    Political instability by the Quetta Taliban as this tool as been used by them more them once. From the attack on x-PM till date they have been replicating this strategy which we have failed to dismantle.Recommend

  • Ali Hamdani
    Jul 20, 2010 - 11:18AM

    It is tragic to see how violence is growing in different parts of our country. It is important that we take a stand against extremist ideologies in our country and eliminate Taliban along with violence to protect our future.Recommend

  • Hira Mir
    Jul 21, 2010 - 11:47AM

    Failure to the security forces once again rite?? And we all sit and watch this till we are a victim ourselves. It is important we stand up high and speak against all this violence.Recommend

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