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Firing At Protest Kills 3 Protestors Including Woman In Chaman

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Three people including a woman were killed while 13 others sustained injuries in firing at a protest against the closure of border in Chaman, Balochistan.

The protestors were demanding the relevant authorities to re-open the Pak-Afghan Chaman border that was closed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Reportedly, the security forces had opened fired at the protestors killing three people including a woman.

BBC News Urdu quoted the officials of Chaman Hospital as saying that due to the firing, 13 people were severely injured and were transferred to a hospital in Quetta for further treatment.

Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove held a press conference in Quetta on Thursday in this regard. He said that the protestors who were killed, had entered ‘red-zone’ area to cross to border. “They had also damaged government offices, including a quarantine centre and NADRA office,” he added.

Pashtun rights activists have took to Twitter to condemn the incident demanding a judicial probe to penalise those who created the public unrest.

PPP leader Farhatullah Babar posted a tweet to express his opinion on the matter. He said, “All Pushtuns irrespective of their political affiliations, indeed all patriotic citizens & democrats anywhere, please join hands, raise voice, condemn FC firing in Chaman today. Demand judicial probe & bringing perpetrators to justice.”

Activist Ihtesham Afghan, who is associated with PTM, uploaded a video on Twitter claiming that the security forces’ personnel “opened straight fire at unarmed peaceful protestors”.

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