Gunmen kill Pakistan singer, father of rights activist
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) - Gunmen riding a motorcycle in southwest Pakistan shot and killed a popular local singer and father of a human rights activist outside his home, police said Friday.
The fatal shots took place on Thursday in the city of Turbat in troubled southwestern Balochistan province. The murdered singer Hanif Chamrok is the father of the women's rights activist Tayyaba Baloch. She was a vocal critic of the Pakistani security forces, who frequently arrest suspects in Balochistan for alleged links to militants.
Local police chief Roshan Ali said the motive for the killing was not immediately known and no one had taken responsibility for the killing. The armed men fled the scene after the shooting.
Balochistan has for years been the scene of a low-level insurrection by small separatist groups and nationalists who complain of discrimination and demand a fairer share of the province's resources and prosperity.
Separatists often target security forces in Balochistan and induce authorities to arrest suspects. Human rights activists often accuse security forces of illegally detaining people. Such detainees are usually not charged and do not appear in court, which has sparked protests from their families.
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