Normal life disrupted in Balochistan, 9 killed

Police said the Baloch leader`s body bore marks of tortured and had more than 30 bullet wounds.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2012, 23:30 PM IST

Islamabad: A strike called by Baloch
nationalist groups to protest the murder of a top leader
affected life across Pakistan`s southwestern Balochistan
province on Tuesday even as nine persons were killed in fresh
incidents of violence.

The bullet-riddled and mutilated body of Baloch
Republican Party (BRP) leader Sangat Sana Baloch was found
yesterday in Murgab area of Turbat, 900-km from Balochistan’s
capital of Quetta.

He had been missing for the past two years. According to
the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, an organisation working
to trace Baloch activists arrested without due process, Sangat
Sana Baloch was reported missing in Bolan district in December
2009.

His father is currently on a hunger strike outside
the Karachi Press Club.

Police said the Baloch leader`s body bore marks of
tortured and had more than 30 bullet wounds.

Following the discovery of the body, the BRP, Baloch
National Movement and Baloch Students Organisation-Azad called
for a three-day strike and 40 days of mourning to protest the
killing.

The strike affected life across Balochistan today.

Businesses were closed and protests were organised in
several areas, including Panjgur, Mastung, Khuzdar, Kalat,
Hub, Gwadar and Makran, reports said.

In a separate development, the bodies of two men who went
missing three months ago were found in Hub area, police
officials said.

In Kech district, unidentified armed men shot dead seven
persons at a construction site and fled, police said.

PTI