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Incident widely condemned Leading educationist shot dead in target killing.

QUETTA, March 22, 2010 (Balochistan Times): The prominent educationist and former Chairman Balochistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Quetta, Professor Fazal Bari was gunned down by the unknown armed assailants in the Takhtani by-pass area of the Quetta suburb on Monday. In the indiscriminate shoot out, his driver was also injured. The police said that Professor Fazal Bari was on his way to the Taameer-e-Nau Public Model School, where he had been serving as the Principal, from his home. As he reached the by-pass road from the Sariab link road, some unknown armed men believingly awaiting them, opened an indiscriminate fire on the vehicle as a result Professor Bari and the driver sustained multiple bullet wounds. They were immediately rush towards the Civil Hospital, however, Professor Bari succumbed to his serious wounds before he was provided any medical aid. His driver, however, was admitted in the civil hospital. In the meantime, the armed assailants managed to escape their good leaving the two in the pool of blood. As the news of the brutal killing of Professor Fazal Bari was spread like jungle fire, the students and teachers of the Taameer-e-Nau public educational institutions reached the civil hospital. His killing sparked mild violent incidents as the emotionally charged students pelted stones, besides staging strong protest and raising anti-government slogans against the assassination. Glasses of several vehicles were smashed following pelting stones from the students. In response, they had to face the music as the police resorted to tear gas and shelling on the students. Three students were also taken into custody on the charges of creating law and order problem. Meanwhile, the Balochistan Professors and Lecturers Association (BPLA) announced boycott of the classes in the colleges. Taameer-e-Nau Public College (TNPC) Professor Fazal Haq Mir announced to close down the educational institutions operating under the TN set up. A large number of people and academic staff also reached the TNPC, where the body of Professor Fazal Bari was brought from the civil hospital. His Namaz-e-Jinaza was offered at the ground of TNPC, in which a large number of the people belonging to various walks of the life mostly the students and the teachers participated. Later, his body was dispatched to his native town, Faisalabad for burial. Meanwhile, as a consequence of the killing of Professor Fazal Bari, DSP and SHO of the Satellite Town police station were placed under suspension by the Chief Minister Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani. Death widely condemned: Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), JUI-F, PML-N, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Pashtoon Students Organization (PSO) and Hazara Youth Council have strongly condemned the killing of Professor Fazal Bari. They termed the assassination of Professor Bari as the killing of education and consciousness. PkMAP charged that the target killers have seemingly been given free hand to take lives of the innocent and armless people. They demanded of the government to apprehend the culprits involved in this particular as well as other target killing incidents. Students of the TNPC on the occasion also demanded of the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take suo moto notice of the target killings of the teachers in the province. It may be mentioned here that some 20 persons have become victim of the target killings during last three days in Quetta.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 22, 2010
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