The teenage son of Director Colleges Balochistan Sadullah Khan Tokhai reportedly went missing from Quetta on Saturday.
According to family sources, 16-year-old Aftikharullah left his home located on Prince Road of Quetta at 5:30 pm on Friday and is missing ever since. “My son left for his tuition centre but did not reach there. I’ve lodged an FIR with the Guwalmandi Police Station,” Sadullah told The Express Tribune.
Police suspected that it could be a case of kidnapping for ransom. However, Sadullah said he had not received any call from the kidnappers yet. “I do not know whether he was kidnapped because I only informed the police 24 hours after he went missing,” hours of him going missing,” he added. Police have launched an investigation into the matter.
Three people gunned down
Three people, including a Frontier Corps (FC) official and a policeman, were gunned down in different areas of Balochistan on Saturday.
One FC official was killed and another injured when gunmen opened fire at a security checkpoint in Barkhan district. The casualties were shifted to a hospital, where the injured was also said to be in critical condition.
In another incident, a bus driver, identified as Rahim Baksh, was killed in a clash at the Sariab Road bus stand. According to eyewitnesses, an armed man boarded the passenger coach and opened fire at the driver. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. “The armed man was accompanied by a woman and they escaped from the scene following the shooting,” an official said.
The shooting sparked protests on Sariab Road when many transporters gathered and staged a demonstration. Angry protesters blocked the road and set tyres on fire. They demanded that the government arrest the culprits.
Another firing incident occurred in the main market of Kalat district, where Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Abdul Samad Jan was gunned down. Attackers fled the scene, while concerned authorities launched an investigation into the incident.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2012.