Misbahuddin Utmanzai

KHAR: The funeral prayers of three labourers from Bajaur tribal district, who were shot dead in Larkana district of Sindh two days ago, were offered on Friday.

The funeral prayers were held in Betai area of Bajaur in which thousands of people belonging to different walks of life participated. After the funeral prayers, the slain labourers were laid to rest in their ancestral graveyard.

The bodies of the slain labourers were brought to Peshawar from Sindh on Thursday after which they were handed over to their heirs.

On Wednesday, two unidentified armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on a rickshaw in Larkana and killed three labourers from Bajaur. The slain labourers were identified as Raees Khan, Waheed Gul and Arab Gul. A CCTV footage of the incident in Larkana Bazaar has also surfaced in which the armed men can be seen opening fire on the labourers travelling in a rickshaw.

On the arrival of the bodies, the Bajaur Students Organisation staged a protest demonstration outside the Peshawar Press Club. The protesting students condemned the killing of labourers from Bajaur and demanded arrest of the culprits behind the killings. They demanded Sindh Police to investigate the matter from all angles and trace the culprits behind this act.

Meanwhile, the people of Bajaur tribal district expressed disappointment over absence of government officials from the funeral prayers of the slain labourers. They said the attitude of the government officials towards the people of Bajaur was disappointing.

On Thursday, the leadership of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the ruling party in Sindh, had assured that the culprits behind the Larkana incident will not be spared. The PPP central leader Farhatullah Babar, leader from Bajaur Akhunzada Chattan and Sindh sports minister Nasir Shah visited the houses of the bereaved families in Utmankhel, Bajaur and assured them that they will be provided justice.

The PPP leaders offered Fateha for the departed souls and announced Rs0.5 million each for the families of the deceased labourers. They said the Sindh Police have initiated an inquiry into the tragic incident and so far four suspects have been arrested. They added that they will unmask the killers soon.

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