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Baluch Nationalist Tribal Leader Buried

Demonstrators in Quetta protest Bugti's killing on August 28 (epa) September 1, 2006 -- Pakistani authorities today hastily buried an ethnic Baluch tribal leader who was killed by Pakistan's military on August 26.

Relatives of the Baluch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti complain that the government did not allow them to claim his body or arrange his funeral.

They say only about 30 relatives attended the burial, at the family's ancestral graveyard in Dera Bugti.

A strike, called by opposition parties after Bugti's killing, shut down large areas of Baluchistan Province today and also affected parts of Sindh and Punjab provinces.

Mobs set fire to a police post and shops in Baluchistan's Panjgur district. Police say they have arrested some 70 people for inciting trouble.


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Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad in October 2005 (epa)

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