Pakistan orders probe into death of activist during clashes

Pakistan orders probe into death of activist during clashes
People walk past shops closed due to strike to condemn the death of a prominent Pashtun rights activist Arman Loni, in Quetta, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 04 February 2019

Pakistan orders probe into death of activist during clashes

Pakistan orders probe into death of activist during clashes
  • Friends and family of Arman Loni accuse the police of intentionally targeting and killing him
  • CM Balochistan has sought a report on Loni’s death within 48 hours

QUETTA: Pakistan has ordered an investigation into the death of a prominent Pashtun rights activist following a weekend sit-in that dissolved into clashes with police.
Friends and family of Arman Loni accuse the police of intentionally targeting and killing him. Loni was a leader in the Pashtun Protection Movement, which campaigns against perceived high-handedness by the security forces against the Pashtun minority.
He died on Saturday after clashes erupted at the sit-in in the town of Loralai in Baluchistan province. Police and doctors say he died of a heart attack.
The government didn’t elaborate on why an investigation was ordered.
In Quetta, the Baluchistan provincial capital, a partial strike started Monday with most shops closing to denounce Loni’s death.
Pashtuns make up about 15 percent of Pakistan’s population of 220 million.