ISLAMABAD – Hammal Khan, whose name is on the missing persons’ list, is said to be amongst the terrorists who conducted the attack on Pearl Continental Hotel Gwadar on Saturday.
According to the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) funded anti-Pakistan website Balochwarna News, the 35-year-old Hammal Fateh Baloch alias Habib s/o Qadir Khan had been missing since last two years. link [image: View image on Twitter] link: View image on Twitter] link: View image on Twitter] link
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Today, at least three to four gunmen stormed Pearl Continental Hotel in Gwadar , killing at least one person, says Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military’s media wing.
In a statement, Pakistan’s military said three armed men killed a security guard as they attempted to enter the five-star hotel in the southern city.
Three to four armed militants stormed the facility at around 4:50pm today (Saturday). Firing is still taking place till filing of the news but there was one casualty reported.
There were conflicting reports about additional casualties. Zia Langove, the provincial home minister, said initial reports indicated some people at the hotel had been wounded in firing on the premises.
The military, however, said that all guests at the hotel, which has 114 rooms, were safely evacuated.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), an angry Baloch group funded by Indian intelligence agency Raw, claimed responsibility for the attack saying that four fighters were involved.
“Our fighters have carried out this attack on Chinese and other foreign investors who were staying in PC hotel,” said Jihand Baloch, a BLA spokesperson, in a statement.
Earlier, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Saleem Ahmad Khosa said a large number of people mentioned in the missing persons’ list had gone aboard for terrorism training.
The minister said that BLA commander Aslam alias Acho had been injured in a gun battle with security forces last year, but he managed to escape and later went to India where he was provided medical treatment.
He said that many BLA commanders had been killed in that operation conducted by security forces. The minister said that India was directly involved in the worsening situation in Balochistan.
Gwadar is the site of a major port built as the culmination of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a trade corridor that links southwestern China to the Arabian Sea through Pakistan.
The $60bn CPEC project has seen massive investment in infrastructure across Pakistan, including major roads and the Gwadar port in Balochistan province.