When Poets Are Forced To Pick Up Guns

Meer Jan Miral killed in clash with FC

Two FC men, attacker killed in Turbat


By Malik Siraj Akbar


QUETTA: Three people, including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were killed on Thursday in an exchange of fire with gunmen from the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) in Turbat district’s Thump area, officials said.

They said an FC team was ambushed during a routine patrol.

The assailants opened fire on the FC vehicle on Zubeda Jalal Road, killing the two personnel. The FC retaliated and killed one of the attackers.

Murtaza Baig, a spokesman for the FC in Quetta, confirmed the attack and added that three FC men had also been injured in the clash.

However, unverified local accounts suggested that six FC men had been killed, but the figure could not be independently confirmed.

The BRA has accepted responsibility for the attack. The slain attacker was identified as Meer Jan Miral, a noted Balochi poet. [Please check the Youtube link to Meer Jan Miral’s poetry]




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1 Response to “When Poets Are Forced To Pick Up Guns”

  1. 1 nota September 7, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Student killed in Turbat protests

    QUETTA: A college student was killed during a protest rally in Thump area of Turbat on Sunday in firing by the Frontier Corps (FC). The protesters were mourning the death of Balochi poet Mir Jan Meeral, who was killed three days earlier when he and his aides attacked an FC patrol vehicle in Turbat. Two FC personnel had also been killed in the attack.

    Karima Baloch, leader of the Baloch Students’ Organization (BSO), said the protest rally was progressing peacefully until the FC tried dispersing the crowd. She said five women protesters had also been injured. The 20-year-old college student killed in the attack was identified as Mukhtar Ahmed.

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