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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Balochistan University lecturer killed in Quetta

By Shehzad Baloch
Published: November 29, 2011

QUETTA: A lecturer of Balochistan University was killed by unknown assailants in the Zarghoonabad area of Quetta on Tuesday.
Mohammad Danish Alam, a lecturer of the Science and Information Technology Department, was travelling on a motorbike and was headed to the university when gunmen opened fire on him and escaped.
Alam received gunshot wounds to the head and chest. He died on the spot.
The body was shifted to Provincial Sundeman Hospital and was later handed over to the heirs after medico legal formalities.
“The victim received five bullets,” doctors said.
A senior police official, while speaking with The Express Tribune, said that Alam belonged to the Shia sect and added that there was a possibility that the incident was a sectarian target killing. “Police are investigating the murder,” he added.
“Danish belonged to Gilgit and had no enmity with anyone. He spent seven years as a lecturer in the Science and Information Technology Department of the university,” one of his colleagues said.
The Academic Staff Association has demanded that the government launch a probe into the killing and bring the culprits to justice.
The university will be closed on Wednesday to mourn the lecturer’s killing.
Alam is the second university lecturer to have been targeted this year. Five university professors and lecturers have been killed since 2008.
Professor of Islamic Studies, Saba Dashtiari was shot dead on Sayrab road this year. The other victims include Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Safdar Kyani, Nazima Talib, lecturer of Media and Journalism Department and Professor Library and Sciences Department Khurshed Ansari. There has been no progress in any of the cases so far.

The Express Tribune

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