Constable killed as Gwadar protesters clash with police


A police constable was killed in Gwadar on Tuesday as clashes between the Haq Do Tehreek activists, protesting in the city for nearly two months now, and police continued for the second consecutive day.

According to police spokesperson Aslam Khan, constable Yasir was shot in the neck after violence erupted during the protest at the Hashmi Chowk. “He passed away on the spot.”

The spokesperson said that police had decided to register a murder case against HDT leader Maulana Hidayatur Rehman, who has been leading the protest in the city.

Balochistan Inspector General of Police Abdul Khaliq Sheikh has ordered the immediate arrest of those involved in the killing.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove, meanwhile, said that the provincial government has accepted all the demands of the HDT. The chief minister held negotiations with participants of the demonstration.

In a statement, Langove pointed out that some of the HDT demands did not fall under the jurisdiction of the provincial government. “Some non-paid custom ships were caught but we don’t have the authority to release them.”

He elaborated that HDT’s demands regarding the border and Gwadar port were “fair” but regretted that the provincial authorities could not do anything about them.