Islamabad: A top government official in Pakistan`s southwestern Balochistan province was on Monday shot dead by unidentified assailants in what police described as part of targeted sectarian killings in the region.
The motorcycle-borne gunmen sprayed bullets at Provincial Chief Inspector of Mines, Muhammad Ashraf, as he emerged from his house to go to his office in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.
Ashraf was critically injured and rushed to the city`s main hospital, where he died.
The gunmen fled after shooting Ashraf and no group claimed responsibility for the attack. Ashraf`s relatives protested against the killing and blamed police for failing to protect lives of the people.
Police said the killing of Ashraf, who belonged to the Hazara Shia community, was part of a campaign of targeted killings in Balochistan.
Government officials, teachers and renowned personalities belonging to the minority Shia community have been killed in such attacks in the province in recent months.