Judge shot dead in Quetta

* BLA claims responsibility for murder of Sakhi Sultan

QUETTA: A judge of the environmental protection tribunal was shot dead by unidentified armed men at his office on the Smuggle Road on Friday.
Quetta police chief Abdul Razaaq Cheema told media that Sakhi Sultan, the chairman of the tribunal, was busy in his office work in Shahbaz Town Phase-III when armed men entered his office on the pretext of a meeting with him and shot him in the head with a 9 mm pistol. 
“The assailants used silencers while shooting him. As many as five other employees were also present in his office when the incident took place,” police sources said. Police shifted the body to the Civil Hospital.
A large number of lawyers, meanwhile, gathered outside the hospital and deplored the killing of Sakhi Sultan. The Balochistan Bar Association and other lawyer organisations have announced a three-day mourning and boycott of the court proceedings.
Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch took notice of the murder of the judge and summoned a high-level meeting. Provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfiaz Bugti, Chief Secretary Babar Fateh Muhammad, IG Police Balochistan Muhammad Amlish Khan and CCPO Quetta Abdul Razaq Cheema were present in the meeting.
The chief minister strongly condemned the brutal murder of Sakhi Sultan and ordered a thorough inquiry into the incident. He directed for early arrest of the culprits involved in the murder and issued directives for tightening the security of important personalities.
Baloch said that Sakhi Sultan belonged to a family with a political background and his services for promotion of democracy are laudable. “Sakhi Sultan was an honest person who always struggled for upholding truth,” the chief minister said, in his condolence message to the bereaved family. Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), meanwhile, called several media houses in the city and claimed responsibility for the attack.

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