Protests continue as another politician slain in Pakistan

15:50, July 21, 2010      

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Assassination of another politician on Tuesday triggered more protest against the target killing spree in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province, local media reported Wednesday.

Haji Liaquat Ali Mengal, a local leader of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal group (BNM-M), was shot dead near his residence in Kalat area in central Balochistan.

A protest rally in the provincial capital Quetta on Tuesday demanded arrest of assassins of their party leaders after BNM central secretary general Habib Jalib Baloch was gunned down on July 14 near his home in Quetta that sparked violent protest across the restive province bordering Iran and Afghanistan.

Educational institutions and both public and private offices remained closed to mourn the death of the former senator Habib last week, and the party is still observing the 40-day mourning.

BNM-M leaders reaffirmed commitment to continuing peaceful struggle to attain more rights for ethnic Baloch population.

Geographically largest yet least developed Balochistan province is rich in mineral resources and blessed with a natural deep sea port at Gwadar, providing 50 percent of the natural gas supply to the 170 million population in the Islamic nation.

Source: Xinhua


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