Advocate Arbab Ghulam Kasi, Baloch politician and leader of the Awami National Party (ANP) who was also the provincial president of the National Lawyers’ Forum, was “found dead” (read murdered) in the Kuchlak area, around 25 kilometers from Balochistan’s capital Quetta along the Quetta-Chaman Highway.
The ANP leader’s lifeless body was found in an isolated area of Killi Sheikh Jamal Atozai under puzzling circumstances, prompting concerned locals to alert the Kuchlak police.
Upon receiving the distressing news, the police reached the scene and took custody of Arbab Ghulam Kasi’s body, transferring it to Quetta Civil Hospital.Senior police officer Abid Mengal stated, “The body was discovered near an abandoned gas station, and a pistol was found nearby, alongside the ANP leader’s remains.”
Medical sources from the hospital reported that the deceased had sustained a fatal gunshot wound near his ear. Authorities initially found themselves in a perplexing situation regarding the cause of the ANP leader’s demise, leaning toward the possibility of suicide.
However, family members rejected the notion of suicide, asserting that Arbab Ghulam Kasi had left home around 4 p.m., expressing his intention to travel to Quetta. An ongoing investigation will unravel the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.
This incident is similar to another tragedy occurred two years ago when another senior ANP leader, Obaidullah Kasi, met a tragic end at the hands of unknown assailants in the Kuchlak area. Obaidullah Kasi had a close kinship with Arbab Ghulam Kasi.
Earlier, Hafiz Hamdullah, a leader of the Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F), sustained injuries along with one of his aides and his security personnel in a roadside blast in Mastung district, Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan. The JUI-F leader and spokesperson of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) alliance was en route to Mangocher city in Pakistan-occupied-Balochistan when the incident occurred.
These are not isolated incidents; it seems as though the Pak Army is either failing to protect the leaders or targeting these leaders themselves. This lawless land is now safe for absolutely NO ONE!