Policemen arrived at the spot of the blast that claimed the life of journalist Siddique Mengal

From Our Correspondent:

KHUZDAR: Maulana Siddique Mengal, President of the Khuzdar Press Club, was killed in a bomb explosion on Friday. Police sources said eight people were injured in the blast that rocked the city. Two bypassers were seriously injured and they succumbed to injuries on their way to hospital, police said.

Blast Claims 3 Lives

The blast happened at the Chamrok Chowk area of Khuzdar and the President KPC’s vehicle was targeted through a bomb. The injured were rushed to the Khuzdar district headquarters hospital for medical treatment.

Police reached the spot and cordoned off the area to investigate the incident. Police sources said the President KPC Maulana Siddique Mengal who was also a provincial office-bearer of the Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam (JUI) was dead on the spot.

The dead body of the journalist was also shifted to the district headquarters hospital Khuzdar. A large number of people reached the hospital after the incident.

CM Bugti Condemns The Blast

Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Sarfaraz Bugti strongly condemned the attack and directed the inspector general of police to arrest the culprits behind the attack. In a statement issued after the attack, Mr. Bugti said it was a tragic news that a journalist was martyred on the eve of World Press Freedom Day in Balochistan.

Outraged by the incident, the Balochistan Union of Journalists also staged a protest demonstration against the killing and demanded of the provincial government to arrest the killers. “We want an immediate arrest of the journalist’s killers”, Khalil Ahmed, the BUJ President demanded.

The journalists were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans condemning the killing of Khuzdar-based senior journalist. The journalists also chanted full-throated slogans against the incident.

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