‘Shameless’: Balochistan MPA who ran over traffic warden attacks the media in court

  • Sub-Inspector Haji Ataullah died after being mowed down by the MPA’s Land Cruiser in Quetta
  • Abdul Majeed Khan Achakzai was elected from Killa Abdullah on PB-13

QUETTA – A sitting lawmaker from Balochistan, whose SUV ran over a traffic policeman in Quetta earlier this week, has been remanded in police custody after being presented in court twice on Saturday.

During his first appearance, MPA Dr Abdul Majeed Khan Achakzai of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party was seen being taken to court without any handcuffs and also misbehaved with members of the media. The MPA was not placed in remand during this appearance, however, when he was presented in court the second time, Achakzai was placed in police remand for five days.

Expressing anger over coverage of the incident, Achakzai launched a verbal attack on the media saying the video of the explosion that took place in Quetta on Friday could not be obtained, but the media men got their hands on the accident footage.

“Had the police called [the mediapersons] beforehand? Shameless people,” the MPA can clearly be heard saying while coming out of a prison van.

Achakzai was arrested in connection with his vehicle running over Traffic Sub-Inspector Haji Ataullah when it was speeding along GPO Chowk intersection in Quetta on June 20.

Traffic Sub-Inspector Haji Ataullah

The warden succumbed to his injuries despite being rushed to the hospital.

A video of the incident went viral on social media, following which police took action against the death of their colleague.

However, allegedly under pressure to ‘hush up’ the issue, the police initially registered a criminal case at the Civil Lines Police Station against ‘unidentified persons’.

Achakzai was elected to the provincial assembly from Killa Abdullah on PB-13.