Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claims responsibility for the attack on Jan Muhammad Dashti in Quetta


(SANA News): Bloch Student Organization (BSO) Islamabad Zone will hold protests demonstration on Wed, 25 February against the attack on Secretary of Mines and Minerals Jan Muhammad Dashti here on Wednesday (today) before National Press Club Islamabad.

He was attacked near Zarghoon Road on Monday when he was going to his office as a result he and his driver received severe injuries.

It may be noted that the Police Chief of Quetta Nawabzada Humayun Jogezai is allegedly the patron-in-chief of Sipah-e-Sahaba /Lashkar-e-Jhangavi / Taliban in Quetta.

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Provincial secretary injured in Quetta firing

* Lashkar-e-Jhangvi says Dashti attacked because of his ‘anti-Islam’ views

QUETTA: Balochistan Secretary for Mines and Minerals Jan Muhammad Dashti and his driver were seriously wounded when unidentified gunmen attacked their vehicle at Sariab overhead bridge on Monday. The banned Sunni terrorist organisation, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, accepted responsibility for the attack.

According to police sources, Jan Muhammad Dashti was on his way to his office when the gunmen intercepted his vehicle and opened fire at him. He was rushed to Civil Hospital and given first aid, and was then shifted to Agha Khan Hospital Karachi.

Sources in Civil Hospital told APP that he was shifted to Karachi by a special flight as there was little improvement in his condition due to heavy bleeding from a bullet wound on his forehead. Sources at Agha Khan have reported that he is now out of danger. The condition of his driver is stable.

Anti-Islam views: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi said it had attempted to kill Dashti because of his “anti-Islam” views.

Haider Jhangvi, a spokesman for the organisation, called various newspaper offices in Quetta and accepted responsibility for making an attempt on the life of the leading Baloch intellectual.

The LJ spokesman alleged that Dasti had written blasphemous content against Jesus Christ and Mary in one of his books, which was reproduced in Daily Asaap. He demanded the government of Balochistan immediately ban Dashti’s book, otherwise the religious elements would burn the office of the newspaper. The attempt on Dashti’s life was widely condemned in Balochistan.

The Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) Secretary General Habib Jalib Baloch, while addressing an impromptu press conference, held the government agencies responsible for the attempt on the Baloch scholar’s life. He said the BNP would stage a demonstration in front of press clubs across Balochistan today (Tuesday). “The government is deliberately targeting the cream of Balochistan. The best of Baloch intellectuals and politicians are being killed one after the other,” he said. staff report/agencies (Daily Times)

Jan Muhammad Dashti is a poet, author of five books written in English and Balochi languages and is owner of an Urdu daily ‘Aasap’. He enjoys a good reputation for promotion of education and his literary works.