Gunmen kill Pakistani singer, father of women’s right activist
Published: 12:04 PM, 10 October 2020 Updated: 12:11 PM, 10 October 2020
Gunmen shot dead Pakistan’s popular singer Hanif Chamrok, father of women’s right activist Tayyaba Baloch, on Friday; Photo: Collected
Gunmen riding on a motorcycle in southwestern Pakistan shot and killed a popular local singer and father of a human rights activist outside his home, police said Friday.
The fatal shooting took place on Thursday in the town of Turbat, southwestern Baluchistan province.
The slain singer, Hanif Chamrok, father of women’s right activist Tayyaba Baloch. She has been a vocal critic of Pakistani security forces, which often detain suspects in Baluchistan over alleged links to militants.
Local police chief Roshan Ali said the motive for the killing was not immediately known and “no one had so far claimed” responsibility for the slaying. The gunmen fled the scene after the shooting, he added.
Separatists frequently target security forces in Baluchistan, prompting authorities to detain suspects. Human rights activists often blame security forces for illegally holding people. Such detainees are usually not charged and do not appear in court, which has drawn protests from their families.