Two perpetrators involved in killing of journalist arrested

Published on – September 2, 2015 – 1:15 am
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QUETTA: Home Minister Balochistan Sarfaraz Bugti on Tuesday has said two perpetrators involved in targeted killing of senior journalist Irshad Mastoi and his colleagues have been arrested from Quetta.


QUETTA: Home Minister Balochistan Sarfaraz Bugti on Tuesday has said two perpetrators involved in targeted killing of senior journalist Irshad Mastoi and his colleagues have been arrested from Quetta.

“The two terrorists were involved in 27 murder cases and attacks on the convoy of security forces in Quetta,” Home Minister told the reporters at a news conference. “These two culprits belonged to a banned organization.”

Bugti had also provided the video clip of an arrested culprit who confessing the killing of Mastoi and others with looking at the camera. “These BLA killers were involved in assassination of Balochistan National Party (BNP)’s General Secretary Habib Jalib Baloch,” Minister said.

Three  media persons, including Online bureau Chief and BUJ General Secretary Irshad Ahmed Mastoi, Abdul Rasool a student of University of Balochistan’s journalism department  and account of the Online News Agency Mohammad Younns were gunned down at their office by unknown armed men on 28 August 2014.

Sarfraz Bugti addressing the news conference at home Department Quetta on Tuesday said it was high profile case for Balochistan. “The arrested men are from Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and they had killed the three journalists,” Sarfaraz Bugti said.

The both culprits were identified as Shafqat Ali Rohdini allies Naveed resident of Khuzdar and Mohammad Ibrahieem allies Shah Jee resident of Quetta and working in Shekh Zahid Hospital Quetta.

Sarfaraz Bugti claimed that these culprits also wanted to target Mama Qadir, vice chairman of Baloch Missing Persons (VFBMP), JUI-F Senator Hafiz Hamdullah and other political and social figure.“They want to destabilize Pakistan by fueling terrorism in Balochistan. They wanted to put all the blame on security forces and secrete agencies,” he said.

The arrested culprits Shafqat Rohdini has recorded his statement and confessed to his brutal crime. He was working for BLA from Last Two years, he said.

Answering the question Sarfaraz Bugti said there are camps of banned outfit in Balochistan which are being destroyed. “The forces are going after for the militants,” he said.