UN expresses concern over killings of top Pakistani provincial leaders

9 April 2009

The United Nations today voiced its serious concern over the killings of three leaders from Balochistan province, the largest in Pakistan, calling for immediate investigations into their murders.

The three men were members of the Balochistan Quam Dost Committee, recently created by the Pakistani Government to investigate missing persons cases in the province in the South Asian nation’s east.

The UN, which expressed its sympathies to the families of the deceased, called on authorities to ensure that the committee continues its important work.

Last weekend, a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was released after spending two months in captivity.

John Solecki, the head of the agency’s office in Quetta, Balochistan’s provincial capital, was abducted in an attack on 2 February that also left another colleague, Syed Hashim, dead.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani Government, Balochi authorities and others who helped secure Mr. Solecki’s release, re-affirming the UN’s commitment to helping the people of Pakistan.

 

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