Turbat Incident: Long March Caravan Reaches Quetta Amid Roadblocks, Protests, and Security Measures

A Long March caravan, protesting against the killing of Baloch Mulla Buksh in Turbat, has reached Quetta. The District administration has placed containers to block the route, attempting to prevent the march from reaching the Red Zone. Heavy police contingents surround the Red Zone. Information Minister Jan Achakzai met protesters late at night and informed them of a filed case in the Supreme Court on the legal heir’s claim, following the court’s orders. An investigative committee has been formed to address the demands of the Long March participants. Jan Achakzai mentioned the potential for a terrorist incident during the protest in the Red Zone. Threat alerts have also been received. Under Balochistan High Court orders, protests are not permitted in the Red Zone, but participants can protest elsewhere. A two-member bench led by Chief Justice Balochistan Naeem Akhtar Afghan and Justice Nazir Lango held a hearing today on the constitutional request of the slain Baloch Mulla Buksh’s father. The bench ordered an immediate suspension of local CTD officials and the prompt transfer of the investigation to Quetta’s Crime Branch for a fair inquiry, to be conducted by a senior police officer. Advocate Kamran Murtaza represented the petitioner for an urgent debate on the constitutional request, while Attorney General, General Latif Kakar represented the government.

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