CM Balochistan takes notice of death of PTM’s Arman Loni

Arman Loni murder case FIR registered against ASP Loralai

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani on Sunday took notice of the death of Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) senior member Arman Loni who was allegedly killed during a sit-in in Loralai on Saturday. The Chief Minister sought a report from the commissioner of Zhob district.
According to an official handout, CM Alyani has directed that the report be submitted to him within 48 hours.
Following his death, Loni’s family and members of PTM maintained that he was killed in a police crackdown and demanded that the Balochistan government take notice of his death.
The Quetta SSP operations, however, said on Sunday that the postmortem exam did not find any signs of violence or injuries on the deceased’s body.
Earlier on Sunday, the Member of National Assembly (MNA) from North Waziristan, Mohsin Dawar, said that the government of Balochistan had imposed a ban on his entry into the province, as well as that of his fellow parliamentarian Ali Wazir.
Dawar, in his tweet, alleged that the provincial government had imposed the ban “to stop us from attending the funeral of Arman Loni”. Both Dawar and Wazir are prominent leaders of the PTM.
According to a notification — dated February 3 — shared by Dawar on Twitter, “the Deputy Inspector General of Police Loralai Range has recommended imposition of ban on entry of Dawar and Wazir along with their supporters of PTM in the province […] in the best interest of public peace and security”.
The shared notification notes that the provincial government “has reasons to believe that circumstances exist that demand extraordinary vigilance and extensive security means to preempt any untoward incident”.
“Under sub-section (5)(1)(a) and (c) of the Balochistan Maintenance Public Order Ordinance 1960, the government is pleased to impose ban on entry of Dawar and Wazir along with their supporters with immediate effect for ninety [90] seven days,” adds the notification shared by the MNA.
PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar criticised the ban on entry of the MNAs, calling it “shameful, disgusting”.


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