QUETTA - A group of armed men attacked a camp of Qatari Petroleum Minister Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah in Kech district, bordering Iran, killing one Levies personnel and torching the camp, on Tuesday.
According to Levies officials, Qatari Minister’s hunting party had set up a makeshift camp in Tehsil Buleda of Kech in Nawano area for hunting of Houbara Bustard and Levies personnel were deployed for their security. “A group of armed men barged into the camp early in the morning and held all the people at gunpoint and shot dead one Levies personnel Muhammad Ayub when he offered resistance,” a Levies official told The Nation, adding the armed men besides snatching weapons and two vehicles set the camp on fire.
Kech Deputy Commissioner Abdul Hameed Abro while talking to the media confirmed the incident and said the Arab Sheikh was not present inside the camp when the attack was carried out. It may be recalled here that a hunting party of Qatar’s Petroleum Minister had been targeted in February this year in same Kech district and an armed group had owned the attack. However, no group has claimed responsibility for the fresh attack. Every year Arab Sheikhs hailing from Qatar, Oman, Dubai, Bahrain and Saudia Arabia turn up to Balochistan with arrival of winter season for hunting Houbara Bustard.
Parts of Balochistan, including Chagai, Nushki, Kharan, Washuk, Kech, Lasbela, Jhal Magsi, Qila Saifullah and other adjacent areas are allotted to Arab Sheikhs for Houbara Bustard hunting.
Officials in Balochistan Home Department say the federal government gives permit to Arab Sheikhs for hunting in various parts of the province and the provincial government provides them security.
MAN, SON KIDNAPPED IN KECH
A man and his son were kidnapped by armed men from Kech district on Tuesday. Levies sources said unidentified armed men kidnapped Muhammad Saqim and his son Muhammad Farooq from Kapgar area of Balnagor of Kech at gunpoint. “The kidnappers bundled both father and son and fled,” the sources said. Local administration has registered a case and started investigation into the incident.