Balochistan Minister accused of Barkhan murders arrested

QUETTA: Balochistan Minister for Construction and Communications Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran Wednesday was arrested in his alleged connection with the gruesome murder of three people, the police said — as the bullet-riddled bodies were found in a well in the Barkhan district.
“Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran is accused of murdering three people and that is why he has been taken into custody,” police said, as the protesters continued their sit-in for the second consecutive day in Quetta demanding justice.

The protesters — who have staged a sit-in along with the three bodies at the Fayyaz Sumbal Chowk — have demanded a case be registered against Khetran, his ministry taken away, and the five peo-ple in captivity be recovered.

Muhammad Marri, the man whose three family members were murdered, has accused Khetran of keeping his five other family members in a “private jail”.

Late Tuesday night, the police had also raided the minister’s residence to recover Marri’s five chil-dren and sealed roads leading to Khetran’s house in Quetta’s Patel Bagh.

A spokesperson for the police said that a special investigation team was interrogating the minister and raids were being conducted to recover the “kidnapped” people.

“More arrests are expected in the murder of a mother and her two sons. A few days back, the woman had issued a video message claiming that she was in Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran’s pris-on,” the spokesperson said.

“Days after the woman’s video message came to the fore, she and her sons were found dead in a well in a well in Barkhan,” the spokesperson said.

When the pressure grew on the police, they registered a case against unknown persons under Sec-tions 34 (doing any act with intention of causing harm to any person), 202 (Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), and 302 (qatl-i-amd) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

After coming under severe criticism, Khetran denied allegations of involvement in the murders and claimed to be a “peaceful and law-abiding person”.

“Accusations of owning a private prison and the murder of three people is a conspiracy to damage my political reputation,” he said, adding that his house was searched by the previous government.

“Had there been a jail, it would have been discovered,” he insisted, “However, if anyone is still in doubt, they can check my house.”

He further said that the allegations were a “sinister attempt” to deprive him of the “right of re-gional politics”. –Agencies