CM Abdul Malik survives rocket attack in quake-hit area of Pakistan

Chief Minister Abdul Malik had a narrow escape on Monday when militants fired rockets at him while he was monitoring relief activities for victims of last week’s devastating earthquake in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Nobody took responsibility for the attack in Awaran, a district near the epicentre of the 7.7-magnitude temblor that is a stronghold of separatist militants of the Balochistan Liberation Front. The quake killed over 500 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

There was no loss of life or property due to the attack, Dawn News channel reported.

Four army soldiers involved in relief operations were killed on Saturday in nearby Panjgur district in a clash with rebels.

Authorities are struggling to carry relief goods to the remote region because of threats from militants and bad roads.

Chief Minister Malik has vowed to remain in the quake-hit areas despite security issues to enforce the proper distribution of aid to affected people.