Kharan school principal, 12-year old nephew killed in targeted attack

The Express Tribune - Pakistan, May 26, 2012
Published: May 26, 2012

QUETTA: A school Principal and his 12-year-old was killed while four others, including  two daughters of the Principal and two boys sustained injures when their car was attacked in the Kharan district on Saturday.

According to a local police officer, school principal, identified as Muzafar Hussain Jamali, was on his way to the school along with his three children and two nephews when some unknown armed men riding on two motorbikes sprayed his car with bullets in Kharan city.

Ubaidullah, Jamali’s 12-year old nephew, received multiple bullet wounds to his upper torso during the attack and died on the spot, while five others, including the Principal his two daughters, sustained bullet wounds. The attackers managed to flee from the scene after committing the crime.

“Unknown persons opened fire at car from two directions,” a relative said.

The police rushed to the spot soon after the incident and cordoned off the area. The deceased and injured were taken to a nearby state-run hospital for treatment.

The injured were identified as Principal Muzafar Jamali, his two daughters Arifa, and Hamida, along with Saifullah and Abdullah. They were referred to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) Quetta because of their critical wounds. Principal Jamali later succumbed to his injures at CMH hospital.

According to sources, the assailants had targeted Jamali who heads a private school in Kharan.

According to one of the relatives of the victim, the principal had been receiving threats to his life by armed groups for the past couple of months. “He received several messages via cell phone,” they said on the condition of anonymity. “The potential threats were brought to the knowledge of local administration and they summed up with providing a security guard to the school,” they added.

It is pertinent to mention that, several teachers have fled from Balochistan due to security reasons and threats similar to the ones delivered to Jamali.