Pro-Taliban militants have shot dead a Shia Muslim judge along with his driver and bodyguard in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan, Press TV reports. The heavily-armed militants, riding a motorbike, opened fire on Zulfiqar Naqvi and his driver and a bodyguard in the provincial capital, Quetta, on Thursday. Naqvi was on the way to his office when gunmen attacked his car.
“Gunmen were waiting for him at a railway crossing. The moment the car slowed down, the assailants sprayed bullets and fled,” said police officer Wazir Khan Nasir.On Monday, militants also killed three Shia Muslims and wounded two others in Balochistan. The victims belonged to the local Hazara tribe. Pro-Taliban militants have killed hundreds of Shia Muslims in various parts of Pakistan over the past few months. The country’s Shia leaders have called on the government to form a judicial commission to investigate the bloodshed. The killing of Shias has caused international outrage, with rights groups and regional countries, including Iran, expressing concern over the ongoing deadly violence. MS/DB/HSN/SZH/JR