QUETTA -

At least four people were killed, including two security personnel and two others were wounded in a remote controlled bomb blast and firing incident in Mastung and Quetta, on Monday.

According to sources, a vehicle of security forces was attacked with remote controlled device at Spilinji area of Mastung district, adjacent to Quetta.

Resultantly, two security personnel identified as Sajid and Ghulam Qamar died on the spot and Abdul Hakeem and Ghulam Nabi sustained serious injuries. Law-enforcement agencies rushed to the site after the incident and cordoned off the area. The deceased and injured were shifted to a hospital in Quetta.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In Quetta, two people were shot dead in two separate incidents of firing.

Unidentified armed men opened fire at Sirki Road of Quetta and fled after the incident. Resultantly, one man identified as Sultan sustained injuries and succumbed to his injuries.

Separately, armed men critically wounded a man identified as Muhammad Iqbal at Chashma Achozai, in the outskirts of Quetta. He died while being shifted to hospital.

Cases of both the incidents have been registered.

Meanwhile, Chief of Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) Sardar Akthar Mengal has said that his party would soon issue a white paper on poll rigging in the province.

“We have passed the authority to the people to decide if we quit the assemblies or continue,” he stated this while addressing a press conference flanked by party leaders Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini, Agha Hassan and others at Mengal House in Quetta on Monday. He said that election results were manipulated and terror was spread by death squad. “Even after six decades, the Balochs are living as third class citizens. The Frontier Corps under distorted the results in favour of other candidates.”

The BNP-Mengal chief said that they had decided to take part in the polls to stop bloodshed, human rights violation, stop recovery of dead bodies and plundering resources in Balochistan but ‘real circles of power’ violated the mandate of the people.

He announced that the BNP-Mengal would soon issue a white paper regarding the rigging in polls, manipulation of results, and appointment of police and the Balochistan Constabulary personnel of grade 5 as presiding officers and other malpractices.

He regretted that instead of solving the social and economic issues of Balochistan, the situation was being further deteriorated by launching military operations in Mand, Spilinji, Turbat and other parts of the province.

“Our central committee has concluded that the BNP-Mengal is being deprived of representing its people. The real circles of powers, in order to convert Balochs into minority, are settling Afghan refugees in Baloch dominated areas, which is a violation of human rights.

He said that BNP-Mengal would go to the people over the violation of human rights in Balochistan and a committee in this connection had been formed.

“The committee would submit a detailed report to the party by June 28 and a public gathering would be held in Quetta on June 30 where future course of action would be decided,” he said.

Restoration of peace top priority: Malik

The incoming Chief Minister of Balochistan and President National Party, Dr. Abdul Malik has vowed that improvement of law and order situation in Balochistan would be his top priority.

“We will work day and night and would utilise all available resources to improve the law and order situation of Balochistan,” he added.

He expressed these views at MPA Hostel Quetta while addressing with party workers and delegations here on Monday.

Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch said that Balochistan was plunged into crisis but the situation had turned to be alarming in the past 10 years, adding, that the main issues were law and order, recovery of missing persons and recovery of bullet-riddled bodies.

“We will strive hard to address these issues and restore the trust of the people,” he added.

He said that he would make all out efforts to fulfil his responsibilities so that the issues of people could be addressed properly.