Former senator and Baluchistan National Party Mengal (BNP) leader Habib Jalib was shot dead on Saryab Road in Quetta. Habib Jalib was ambushed by unidentified gunmen on Saryab Road. He was taken to the Civil Hospital Quetta where he succumbed to the injuries. A large number of BNP Mengal workers and family members of the senator gathered outside the hospital after the incident. Moscow-educated Jalib was a prominent Baloch intellectual and a former chairman of the Baloch Students Organisation. Currently he was the secretary general of the BNP Mengal party.(Source: Dawn, Tribune)
Lawlessness and target killings are rampant in Balochistan. Pakistan’s spy agencies and their proxy jihadi and sectarian organisations are long known for their involvement in target killing of certain targeted individuals and communities in Quetta and in other parts of the country.
Saryab Road where Habib Jalib was murdered has been a favourite spot for terrorists of the Sipah-e-Sahaba (Taliban) to attack and kill members of Quetta’s Hazara (Shia) community.
Pakistan army and its spy agencies are also alleged to be involved in human rights violation, torture and illegal kidnapping (disappearances) of numerous Baloch rights activists.
It must however be acknowledged that some Baloch nationalists too are involved in target killing and ethnic cleansing of Punjabi settlers in Balochistan, a step which has irreparably damaged their movement.
We condemn the brutal murder of Habib Jalib Baloch and express our concern that the real killers of Habib Jalib Baloch will never be brought to justice (not unlike the blank cheque given to the real killers of Benazir Bhutto shaheed and Akbar Bugti shaheed) because the de facto, incessant martial law in Pakistan is much more powerful than the ostensible, civil and judicial law.