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Local Union Leader Gunned Down In Southwestern Pakistan

Shop Owners Go On Strike After Union Leader Gunned Down In Southwestern Pakistan
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Shop Owners Go On Strike After Union Leader Gunned Down In Southwestern Pakistan

Unidentified gunmen have killed a local union leader in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan.

Police said on November 10 that Allah Dad Tarin was shot dead while on his way home after offering evening prayers in a mosque in Pashin district.

The assailants fled the scene after the attack, police added.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.

As general-secretary of the Balochistan Traders Association, Tarin was known for his struggle to protect the rights of traders and shop owners in Balochistan.

Allah Dad Tarin (file photo)
Allah Dad Tarin (file photo)

He was also a member of a Pashtun nationalist party, the Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party.

The union said shops and markets would remain closed in the provincial capital, Quetta, on November 10 in protest of Tarin’s slaying.

Balochistan government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani pledged that Tarin’s killers would be brought to justice.

Resource-rich Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, has been plagued by sectarian violence, Islamist militant attacks, and a separatist insurgency that has led to thousands of casualties since 2004.

With reporting by AP and Dawn
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