Mailk calls APC on Mastung killings

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malki Saturday said an All Parties Conferene (APC) would be convened to discuss the Mastung killings and evolve a strategy against such incidents in future.

Addressing a joint press conference with political leaders and provincial home minister here at the CM Secretariat, he said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had also agreed to attend the APC, which would be held in next few days.

“This APC will be Mastung incident specific,” Dr Malik said while responding to a question about previous announcement of holding of an APC. The issues to be discussed in the delayed APC were different, which would be discussed whenever the moot was called separately, he added.

The chief minister appealed to the traders and businessmen of Balochistan to keep their businesses closed on Sunday as a mark of solidarity with the families of the Mastung tragedy victims.

Some 22 passengers of two Karachi-bound coaches, coming from Pishin, were abducted by armed men disguised as security forces officials near Khad Kucha in Mastung district. Nineteen of them were later killed by the abductors.

The incident resulted in a wave of fear and backlash as the heirs of the deceased staged a sit-in in front of the CM Secretariat. They damaged a few vehicles and refused to believe in assurances given by provincial ministers and opposition leaders.

Police fired tear-gas shells as angry protesters moved towards main installations and offices in the CM Secretariat. Later after assurance by the chief minister, they dispersed to bury the dead.

Source: APP