Islamabad- Political leaders including Altaf Hussain, Sirajul Haq, Khursheed Shah and Shahbaz Sharif strongly condemned Balochistan’s Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) Handery Masieh’s assassination by own security guard.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has earlier strongly condemned the murder and ordered the Baluchistan government to take strict action against the culprits. Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain termed the assassination a gruesome murder and said that murders like these were a conspiracy to malign Pakistan at global level.
Jamaat Islami (JI) chief Sirajul Haq demanded to give ‘exemplary punishment’ to the culprit behind the assassination. Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah said that extremism and intolerance had become an ill of the society. Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif termed the murder as tragic and said that words could not be enough to condemn the murder. Masieh’s assassination was also discussed in National Assembly session. Members observed 2-minute silence while strongly condemns the murder. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s Shaharyar Afridi demanded transparent inquiry of the murder, adding that no one is safe from their own security guards these days. Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) leader Maulana Amin Zaman said that Balochistan members’ provincial assembly had no adequate security and that they are left solely on the mercy of God.
Handery Masieh, a member of the Balochistan Assembly, was shot dead in Quetta on Saturday. According to source, Handery Masih’s personal security guard sprayed bullets on him outside his residence in Nawa Killi area of Quetta. He was shifted to FC Hospital where he could not survive. Minority MPA Handery Masieh belonged to National Party. He was elected in the Baluchistan Assembly on the reserved seat for minorities from NM-65 constituency. Handery Masieh’s nephew was also injured in the shooting incident. According to sources, the security guard identified as Ghulam Mohiuddin has been arrested. He was serving the Baloch lawmaker for last 12 years; however, motive behind the attack could not be ascertained as yet.