Environmental tribunal judge killed in Quetta

QUETTA: Environmental Tribunal judge Sakhi Sultan was killed in a firing incident in Quetta’s Jinnah Town area on Friday.

Mehmood Notezai, the Superintendent of Police Quetta, told that armed militants entered his office and killed him on the spot.

He said the assailants drove away on their motorcycle after the attack.

“Sakhi Sultan was serving as the judge of environmental tribunal for last few years,” he added.

The judge’s body was shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta.

Several members of the legal fraternity and the deceased judge’s family gathered at the hospital.

Sakhi Sultan was said to be an eminent social figure, and in the past he had also been associated with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

The Balochistan Bar Association announced three days of mourning against the cold-blooded murder of Sakhi.

President of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Balochistan Mir Sadiq Umrani also announced three days of mourning against the incident. “Sakhi Sultan was the member of federal executive council of PPP,” Umrani told Dawn via telephone.

He said the government had failed to protect the lives and properties of masses.

“There is no rule of law,” Umrani lamented, demanding the immediate arrest of culprits behind the incident.

Sakhi Sultan had also served as Advocate General Balochistan during the tenure of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

He had moreover served as the President of the Balochistan Bar Association and was a member of Supreme Court Bar Association.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Battagram: Blast near police van leaves 2 dead in Torghar District

MANSEHRA – Two policemen were martyred and 2 others sustained injuries when a bomb exploded near their vehicle in Torghar District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The police van was on routine patrol in Akazo area of Torghar District when the blast occurred.

It was a remote-controlled blast, a policeman said.

The injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital for treatment. Police have launched investigation into the incident.

On the other hand, police have registered First Information Report (FIR) against four militant commanders regarding yesterday’s suicide attack at the house of peace militia’s head in Matni Adezai area.

Four militant commanders belonging to banned organization include Sheraz, Aurangzeb, Zakayat and Saifullah.

According to initial details, the suicide attacker was aged between 25 to 30 years. However, attackers head could not be found on the blast site.