Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rising violence in Pakistan's warring Baluchistan

The murder of a part-time journalist and a gunfire attack on the house of the president of the Turbat Press Club, both on May 28, underscore the nature of the escalating violence in Baluchistan. According to the Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management, which monitors violence across South Asia, at least 10 people were killed in Baluchistan on May 28 alone.
Abdul Qadir Hajizai, the principal of a middle school who also worked as a journalist for a private Baluchi-language TV channel, WASH TV, for two years, was gunned down by men on a motorcycle in the Basima area of Washik district on Monday, local news reports said. Hajizai died in a nearby hospital, the reports said. The motive for the killing was not immediately clear.

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