QUETTA Unidentified gunmen shot dead former Senator and Central Secretary General of the Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) Habib Jalib Baloch Advocate in Quetta on Wednesday morning. The assassination of BNP-Mengal leader triggered provincewide protests as angry mobs burnt tyres on roads, torched several vehicles and observed shutterdown and wheeljam strikes in different towns while a person was killed and two others wounded in a bomb blast at Khuzdar. BNP-M announced 40-day mourning and three-day wheeljam and shutterdown strike across the province. Habib Jalib, a senior Supreme Court lawyer, was busy in reading newspaper when three unknown armed men riding a motorbike opened indiscriminate fire on him at his brothers shop at Pirkaniabad in Sariab area. He received multiple bullet wounds and was rushed to Civil Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. 'He had received several bullets in his abdomen and chest which caused his death, hospital sources said. Assassins escaped from the site after committing the crime. Capital City Police Officer Ghulam Shabbir Sheikh said 'An organisation previously had threatened Habib Jalib Baloch and police had offered him security but he did not accept the offer. Soon after the incident, heavy contingents of Frontier Corps, police, Balochistan Constabulary and Anti-Terrorist Force were deployed at all sensitive areas and mobile squads continued patrolling the roads of Quetta to avoid any untoward incident. The news about assassination of BNP leader spread like jungle fire and shopkeepers closed down their shops on Jinnah Road, Shahra-e-Iqbal, Sariab Road, Double Road, Satellite Town, bringing the commercial activities to a halt. Some unknown people attacked Iranian Consulate and Sessions Court buildings by throwing stones that broke glasses of noticeboard and windows. A large number of BNP activists, members of different nationalist parties and lawyers community rushed to the hospital soon after hearing the news. Emotionally charged sympathisers of the Baloch leader wanted to take his body to the Governors House to protest against the killing. The police, however, did not allow them to get closer to the Governors House at Zargoon Road. However, later the body of BNP leader was brought to his home at Pirkaniabad in shape of a procession in an ambulance wrapped with party flag. The funeral prayer was offered in Pirkaniabad which was attended by a large number of people, including BNP workers, lawyers and politicians. Protests and shutter down strikes were also observed in other towns of Balochistan. All shops and business activities came to a standstill at Nushki as the news reached there. Unruly protesters set an official rest house on fire at Nushki and broke windscreens of vehicle. They also tried to block National Highway linking Quetta with Taftan. Protesters at Panjgour town burnt a bus of Education Department and installations of PTCL. At Khuzdar, a person namely Sami was killed and two others wounded when a roadside bomb planted at RCD highway exploded. Sources said that explosive device went off soon after passing of Frontier Corps vehicle from the area. The injured and deceased were shifted to hospital. The protesters also burnt government offices of Agriculture, Livestock, Communication and Works and of NGO IDSP. Two trailers carrying NATO supplies were also put on fire. Shutter down strike was also observed at Dera Murad Jamali, Mastung,Mangochar, Wadh Awaran, Turbat, Dalbandin and Sibi. Protesters blocked Quetta-Karachi National Highway at Kalat and Quetta-Sibi Highway at Kolpur by burning tyres and erecting barricades. The BNP has announced 40-days of mourning and three-days wheel jam strike across the province while government has announced closure of all educational institutions for two days. Meanwhile, the Baloch Muslha Defai Tanzeem, an underground group, claiming targeting the leaders and activists of separatist groups and Baloch nationalist has accepted responsibility for the killing of Balochistan National Party (BNP)Mengal leader Habib Jalib Baloch. A spokesman for the mysterious group, who identified himself as Mir Jhang Khan, called Nushki Press Club and accepted responsibility for the target killing of the senior BNP leader. He said that Jalib in the past had escaped a life attempt when his group activists had opened fire on a party rally in Quetta. The spokesman also warned the journalists of Khuzdar not to report anything about the Baloch National Front or Baloch Liberation Army threatening that ,otherwise, they would have to face the consequences. The assassination of Habib Jalib Advocate was condemned by all political parties including, PML-N, Tehrik-e-Insaf, National Party, Awami National Party and Baloch Republican Party. Veteran Baloch nationalist leader and the patron-in-chief of Balochistan National Party (BNP) Sardar Attaullah Mengal has held State intelligence agencies responsible for the killing of former Senator and BNP Secretary General Habib Jalib Baloch. Talking to newsmen, he refused to agree that some armed groups could be behind the killing of Habib Jalib Baloch and directly held the State secret services for the high-profile political assassination. Sardar Mengal said: 'the custodians of the government of Pakistan, who are also called agencies are responsible for Jalibs killing. Mengal, said that State agencies were killing the Baloch one after the other in order to take them to a point of no-return. They want to push the Baloch in a situation where there is no way back to return but the BNP has avoided such a path. This is not a favour done to them but an act of precaution. 'I dont know how long this will happen, he added. Mengal said Jalib belonged to middle class and it was only the middle class doing right kind of political activism in the country because the poorer people were engaged in searching for bread and butter while the establishment was killing the middle class leaders one by one because they found these people criticising the ruling elite. The Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani has condemned the murder of a senior political figure, a former Senator and Secretary General of BNP (Mengal), Habib Jalib Baloch. The Chief Minister also expressed his sorrow and grief over the loss of a well-educated, seasoned and mature politician. In his condolence message here on Wednesday, Raisani said that the killing of Habib Jalib was an attempt to destabilise the peace and harmony in the province. He expressed his heartfelt sorrow and grief and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul saying that Allah Almighty might give courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude. Chief Minister Balochistan has ordered a judicial inquiry of the incident by a judge of the High Court of Balochistan and directed the law enforcement agencies to chase and arrest the culprits by mobilising all the available means. Meanwhile, in a hastily called high-level meeting to review the law and order situation, the Chief Minister directed the authorities concerned to boost up the security in the provincial metropolis Quetta and other sensitive parts of the province in order to foil the designs of the miscreants and anti-social elements that might try to exploit the situation in the backdrop of the murder of Habib Jalib Baloch. Raisani directed that the writ of law must prevail and those involved in such heinous crimes must be dealt with iron hands. The meeting was attended amongst others by Chief Secretary, Mir Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri, Inspector General of Police, Malik Muhammad Iqbal, Commissioner Quetta, Mir Muhammad Nasim Lehri, CCPO Quetta, DIG Special Branch, DIG Investigation, DIG Operation, Additional Secretary Home and other senior civil and police officials.