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Pakistan university mourns murdered woman professor


Staff at Balochistan University in the south-west of Pakistan have announced three days of mourning, a day after a woman professor was shot dead.

Gunmen on two motorcycles killed Nazima Talib, 48, as she was travelling in an auto-rickshaw in the city of Quetta.

Professor Talib had taught at Balochistan University for 20 years.

The BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says that armed nationalists in Balochistan are pursuing a policy of ethnic cleansing.

Our correspondent says the Baloch rebels have mainly targeted Punjabi military and civilian officials and that people from Sindh province such as Professor Talib have rarely been the target.

Police said that she received multiple bullet wounds and died before she reached hospital.

"We will stage rallies and boycott classes as a mark of respect," Kalimullah Bareach, president of the university's academic staff association, told AFP news agency.

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