Gunmen kill local singer and father of activist in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province

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A Pakistani singer and father of a human rights activist, Hanif Chamrok, was gunned down outside his home. The incident took place in Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

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A Pakistani singer and father of a human rights activist, Hanif Chamrok, was gunned down outside his home. The incident took place in Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed the popular local singer, Hanif Chamrok, while he was teaching a group of students, reported The Dawn.

The fatal shooting took place on Thursday in the town of Turbat, in the country's restive southwestern Baluchistan province. Hanif Chamrok is the father of women's rights 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.

Baluchistan has for years been the scene of a low-level insurgency by small separatist groups and nationalists who complain of discrimination and demand a fairer share of their province's resources and wealth.

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.

(With inputs from AP)

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