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Pro-Govt politician killed in Pak

Nasrullah Khan Kakar, Chairman of Pakistan Workers Party, was assassinated when he was going to Quetta, the provincial capital, from his home town of Bostan.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 15:18 IST

Unidentified assailants on Wednesday shot dead a pro-government politician in Pakistan's troubled southwestern Balochistan province.

Nasrullah Khan Kakar, Chairman of Pakistan Workers Party, was assassinated when he was going to Quetta, the provincial capital, from his home town of Bostan.

Another man, standing with Kakar, was also killed in the attack, reports reaching here said.

The assailants fled after the attack and no one claimed responsibility. Police said the motive behind the killing was not clear.

The government usually blames renegade tribesmen for such attacks.

Kakar was supporting the ongoing paramilitary operation against the anti-government tribesmen in parts of Balochistan, the reports said.

Supporters of Kakar took to the streets in Quetta and pelted stones at shops on the busy Jinnah Road in the city centre.

The shopkeepers pulled the shutters and transporters stopped plying vehicles fearing violence.

Authorities deployed extra police force in the city to check any violence. harraf has admitted that terrorists operating in Kashmir have nexus with Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Pakistani extremists, which is a "very dangerous" combination.

The admission came in the course of an interview he gave to American television ABC ahead of US President George W Bush's visit to Pakistan later this week.

Responding to questions on the fight against Al-Qaeda, Musharraf said that with Pakistan's help more than three-quarters of the terrorist group's leaders have been captured.

He then went on to state that apart from military measures "bigger issues of political disputes" needed to be resolved and listed Palestine and Kashmir among such issues.

The Kashmir issue, he contended, has a fallout on Pakistan.

"That has its fallout on people wanting to operate in Kashmir having nexus with the Al-Qaeda or the Taliban or the extremists who live in our society.

So this becomes a very, very dangerous nexus and combination. So therefore, Kashmir dispute and Palestinian dispute, both are ripe for resolution and we must resolve them."

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 14:06 IST