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Woman, rickshaw driver shot dead in Quetta

20 January, 2013

QUETTA: At least four people were killed in different incidents in Balochistan on Saturday.

At least two people, a rickshaw driver and a woman, were killed in Killi Sardey area of Sariab. According to the police, armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on a rickshaw in Killi Sardey area of Sariab Road, killing its occupants, the driver and a woman passenger, on the spot. The attackers managed to escape from the scene. Police rushed to the spot soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. The deceased were taken to the Bolan Medical Complex Teaching Hospital for autopsy.

The driver of the rickshaw was identified as Mula Dad, whereas the identity of the women could not be ascertained. "The cause of the killing could not be known," police sources said, and added that investigation was underway. Meanwhile, two brothers were killed in a land mine explosion near Khameesa Khan Bugti Village on Saturday. According to the police, the deceased were identified as Khameesa Khan and Essa Khan. Police have registered a case.

The Baloch Human Rights Organisation (BHRO) on Saturday staged a protest demonstration outside the Quetta Press Club against the ongoing operation in Mastung and Mashkay. The protesters were carrying banners and placards inscribed with various slogans.

Speaking to the protesters, the leaders of the BHRO claimed that 25 vehicles of the Frontier Corps (FC) besieged the area of Perkano, a locality of Mastung, and killed one Abdul Rasheed Baloch and Shah Jahan Baloch, adding that Fida Baloch, younger brother of Abdul Rasheed Baloch, and two women were also injured as a result of firing by the FC.

The speakers at the protest termed harassment of women the worst violation of human rights and added that the silence of media and international organisations over the matter is a cause for serious concern.

They demanded the international organisations of human rights to pressurise Pakistan to stop violations of human rights, and invoke international laws of war over kidnapping of people and dumping of mutilated bullet-riddled bodies.

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