ISLAMABAD (APP) President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday condemned the assassination of senior Baloch nationalist leader and former parliamentarian Habib Jalib Baloch in Quetta and ordered an inquiry. The President termed it a heinous and despicable act and asked the provincial government to investigate and track down the perpetrators. He said justice would be done and those responsible be punished. He directed that a report be submitted to him at the earliest. President Zardari paid rich tributes to the late Habib Jalib and described him as a great politician who strove hard for democracy. He pointed that the Senator played an effective role in highlighting the problems of his area as an elected member of the Senate in 1997 and serving as a member of several parliamentary standing committees. The President also appreciated his role in raising his voice for the rights of the people of Balochistan. In a message to his family the President prayed to Allah Almighty to bless the departed soul and for courage to his family to bear the irreparable loss. Prime Minister Gilani strongly condemned the brutal murder of BNP-M Secretary General. He telephoned Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani and ordered thorough investigation of the heinous crime, directing the authorities concerned to apprehend real culprits for bringing to justice. He said the assassins with anti-state designs wanted to create disturbance in the society to destabilise the country. In his message of condolence to the bereaved family, the prime minister paid rich tribute to the services of the deceased and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul. He also prayed to Allah Almighty to grant courage to the family members of late Habib Jalib to bear the loss with equanimity.