QUETTA: Mir Nooruddin Mengal, a central leader of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal, was gunned down in Kalat town, about 160km south of here, on Wednesday.
Mr Mengal, who was a member of the party’s central executive committee, was going home when armed men on a motorbike opened fire on him. He was seriously injured and was taken by police to a local hospital. Doctors referred him to Quetta but he died near Mangochar.
Police said both the assailants had escaped.
Protesting against the murder, activists of the BNP-M gathered on the outskirts of Kalat and blocked the National Highway by putting up barricades and burning tyres.
Traffic between Quetta and Karachi was suspended as the protesters pelted passing vehicles with stones.
They also marched on the highway raising slogans against the government.
Traffic was restored in the afternoon when the local administration and police officials assured the protesters that killers of Mr Mengal would be arrested soon.
The killing of Mr Mengal is seen here as a setback for the party because after the assassination of Habib Jalib Baloch he was the senior most leader in the absence of Akhtar Jan Mengal who lives in Dubai.