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HRCP expresses concern as violence rise

At least four people were killed and several others injured in separate incidents of violence in Turbat and Kohlu areas.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 13:24 IST

A day after the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) expressed deep concern over the escalation of violence in Balochistan, at least three paramilitary troops and a civilian were killed and ten others injured in two separate incidents of violence.

The first incident took place in Turbat district where two soldiers of the Frontier Constabulary (FC) and a civilian were killed and another seven troops injured when miscreants opened fire on them.

In another incident, one FC soldier was killed and three others injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in Kohlu town.

President General Pervez Musharraf repeatedly warned the tribal chieftains of stern action for raising private armies and causing damage to government installations in Balochistan.

He recently asked them not to challenge writ of the government and behave like good citizens.

Meanwhile, an HRCP official Afrasiyab Khattak said in Peshawar on Friday that use of heavy weapons by the armed forces and Balochistan militants has a deadly fall out for women and children.

He said that lack of access to humanitarian organisations has aggravating the crisis, as the people affected by the conflict could not receive any assistance.

A very disturbing development in the last few days was the attacks on the houses of political leaders, he said.

As if the attack on Akbar Bugti's residence was not enough, the state intelligence agencies raided the house of a prominent political leader, Mehmood Khan Achakzai in Quetta, he said.

Khattak said that there was a grave human rights crisis in Balochistan.

Civil society groups and human rights activists should not only monitor the situation but also pressurise the authorities concerned to end violence, torture, arbitrary arrest and harassment in Balochistan.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 13:24 IST