Balochistan Timeline - 2014
At least three people were killed
and 30 injured in a suicide attack targeting Shia pilgrims in
Akhtarabad area of the provincial capital Quetta. Police said
a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the bus
carrying Shia pilgrims who were coming from Iran to Quetta.
IGFC Balochistan Major General
Mohammad Ejaz Shahid said that 60 to 70 Farari camps, or insurgent
camps, were operating in the province. However, he added that
it was difficult to crack down on these camps because they keep
changing location according to the weather.
Two persons were killed and nine
others were injured in a blast in Bakhtiarabad area of Sibi town
of the same District. The bomb was attached to a motorcycle and
detonated by remote control.
Four persons, including the advisor
to the Balochistan Chief Minister Majid Abro, were injured in
bomb attacks in Quetta.
Quetta Police Chief Abdul Razaq
Cheema claimed that Police has arrested four UBA militants and
seized a huge cache of bomb-making material from their possession
in Bakra Mandi area of Quetta. CCPO Cheema said that the accused
have confessed of carrying out 15 terrorists acts in 2012-13 in
which 12 persons were killed and dozens others were injured.
Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs)
recovered three dead bodies from Killi Maryam in Qamarud Din Karez
area of Zhob District.
A Policeman was injured when armed
assailants hurled a hand grenade at Satellite Town Police Station
Terming reports about presence
of Afghan Taliban as baseless and far from reality, Balochistan
Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said that there is no Taliban
Shura in Quetta. "No sign of Afghan Taliban factor in the province,"
he said, adding that foreign hands were involved in the prevailing
unrest in Balochistan. The Home Minister's statement has come
two days after the foreign press reported the killing of two Taliban
leaders in Quetta. "I have no information about the killing of
Taliban leaders," Bugti said.
||A FC official and a Policeman
were killed while one FC sustained injuries during an exchange of
fire in Chatkan Bazaar of Panjgur District.
A source in Balochistan Home and
Tribal Affairs Department said that the Commission on enforced
disappearances has received 209 cases of missing Baloch political
workers from Balochistan. He said that 61 missing persons have
been recovered and 24 mutilated dead bodies found in different
parts of Balochistan up till now. He said 44 cases of missing
persons were disposed off following lack of required documents.
Apart from this, 144 cases of missing persons were under trial
before Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Two passengers were killed when
unidentified armed assailants opened fire at a passenger van in
the Dukki tehsil of Loralai District. No outfit claimed of responsibility
for the attack.
Unidentified militants blew up
a gas pipeline in Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad District
suspending gas supply to many districts.
Abductors released the eight coalminers
abducted from Harnai District on December 25, 2013. Sajjad Gul
Kakar, a levies official, said, "Miners are back and they are
safe." He, however, declined to comment on the ransom amount paid
to the kidnappers for release of the coal miners.
Unidentified militants opened
fire in Dashti Bazaar area of Turbat District and killed two people.
Imam Bakhsh, a police officer said, "Both victims were dead on
Unidentified militants shot dead
a levies constable, identified as Murad Bakhsh, in Mand Soro area
of Kech District. The militants took away the weapon of the constable
after killing him.
Armed militants snatched weapons
from levies personnel in Panjgur District. A levies official,
on condition of anonymity, said that more than two dozen armed
militants stormed a check post and snatched weapons from levies
men. "I have no information about the exact number of levies men,"
he said, adding that the levies men did not resist the attackers.
The militants managed to escape after the attack and there was
no immediate claim of responsibility.
Police and ATF conducted a raid
at the private jail of JUI-F member and former Provincial Minister
Education and Member of Balochistan Assembly, Sardar Abdul Rehman
Khetran and rescued seven abducted people, including two women
and three children in Barkhan District. Police also arrested six
suspects and recovered arms and ammunition from their possession.
A tortured and bullet-riddled
dead body of a boy (10) was found in Turbat District. According
to sources, the victim's elder brother is a campaigner for the
Baloch separatist movement. A BSO-A spokesperson accused Security
Agencies of being behind the incident. However, Security Agencies
denied charges of their involvement in any illegal detention or
dumping of bodies.
A large quantity of anti-Pakistan
literature as well as maps of a separate Balochistan were recovered
during a raid of Attashad Degree College in Turbat District. A
Baloch student had reportedly taken over a hostel in the college
and a FC spokesperson claimed he was brainwashing students to
conduct acts of terrorism in the country.
The recovered material included
separatist leaflets, banners and posters. The books include Nehru
and Gandhi's biographies as well as books about Baloch separation.
The books were printed in Karachi and neighbouring countries.
The FC had conducted the raid after receiving a tip about the
operation. No arrests were made and the student in question fled
before the FC arrived.
Three suspected militants were
killed while five others arrested by the SFs during a search operation
in Zaidi area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. Deputy Commissioner
Syed Abdul Waheed Shah said that the security forces and Levies
force had been conducting a joint search operation in Zaidi area
when armed men opened fire on them.
Supreme Court directed the Government
of Balochistan to ensure security to the doctors' community in
the province. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by
Justice Nasir ul Mulk and comprising Justice Saqib Nisar and Justice
Ameer Hani Muslim heard the Balochistan law and order situation
and missing persons' case. The court directed Nasruallah Baloch,
Chairman Voice of Missing Persons, Balochistan to appear before
the court on the next date of hearing, stating as to whether he
wanted to proceed further with the instant case or not.
The Balochistan Government has
approached all political forces in the province for an all parties'
conference which is likely to be held at the end of January in
Quetta, a provincial Government spokesperson said. The APC was
scheduled to be held in December, 2013 but could not take place
due to the local Government elections in the province. The conference
is being held to seek suggestions from all political forces on
how to restore peace in the volatile region. Besides insurgency
and sectarian violence, the issues of kidnapping for ransom will
also be discussed in the APC.
Two people, including the driver
and cleaner of a NATO container carrying equipment for troops
in Afghanistan, were injured when unidentified militants opened
fire at the NATO container in the Choto area of Mastung District.
No outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Unidentified militants blew up
a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti
At least 24 Shia pilgrims returning
from Iran were killed and 40 others were injured in a bomb attack
targeting their bus in the Khusak area of Kanak in Mastung District.
Local Government official Shafqat Shahwani said that 51 passengers
had been on board at the time of the blast and that nine passengers
were still unaccounted for. Provincial Home Secretary Asad Gilani
said that two buses with 103 pilgrims had been travelling together
with security vehicles provided by the Government and that the
bomb struck one of the buses. LeJ claimed the responsibility for
Three abductors were killed while
three people, including a Police Official, one ATF official and
one passerby, were injured in an operation near Sariab Road in
Quetta. CCPO Abdul Razzak Cheema said, "We don't know who the
kidnappers are as yet, investigation is still ongoing on."
At least eight persons, including
seven Levies personnel and one militant were killed, while ten
others, including a Spanish tourist, were injured when a militant
kidnapping bid was foiled in Darin Garh area of Koshak in Mastung
District. Asad-ur-Rehman Gailani, the Home Secretary Balochistan
said, "Militants wanted to kidnap the Spanish tourist". The militant
killed was later identified as Uzbek national.
A militant and a Levies official
were killed during an operation launched by SFs, including Police,
Levies and Frontier Corps in Darin Garh area.
Armed militants torched one NATO
container carrying equipment in the Western Bypass area of Quetta.
A police official who requested anonymity said that the militants
opened fire at the NATO container which was on its way from Kandahar
in Afghanistan to Port Qasim in Karachi (Sindh). However, the
driver and cleaner managed to escape unhurt.
Unidentified militants opened
fire at an anti-polio team in Bukhari Muhalla area of Sibi District.
However, no casualties were reported. There was no immediate claim
of responsibility for either of the attacks.
FC IG Major General Ejaz Shahid
while briefing the Senate's Standing Committee said that 360 paramilitary
personnel were martyred in Balochistan since 2007. IG FC said
those fighting with Security Forces should not be called as 'enraged
elements' but as 'militants'. Major General Ejaz Shahid said the
FC arrested a politician from Quetta and recovered 1.5 tones of
He further warned the Government
that lack of equipment and scarcity of funds may deal a devastating
blow to his force's fight against separatists in Balochistan.
"We are struggling to establish the writ of the government along
Balochistan's western border. We are quite far away from even
playing the national anthem in state-run schools in Panjgur, Turbat
[Kech] and adjacent cities in Makran Division," he said. The IGFC
complained that of PKR 28.5 billion promised to the FC Balochistan
for 2013-14, the Government had released only PKR15 billion so
far. He said a further 30 per cent had been slashed by the finance
At least six people were injured
when a bomb targeting the van of FC exploded near a petrol pump
on Sariab Road in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan. According
to the sources, the SFs vehicle remained undamaged while glasses
of nearby shops smashed as a result of the blast. An operation
has been launched against militants. The decision to start the
operation was taken in a high-level meeting held on the night
of January 23, 2014.
SFs detained at least 25 suspects
during a full scale operation in Kanak and Derringer areas of
Mastung District. The operation was by SFs, which included personnel
from the FC, Police, the ATF, Levies and recruits from Balochistan
Officials said that Pakistan suspended
buses carrying Shia Muslim pilgrims from travelling through Balochistan
Province to neighbouring Iran due to security concerns. "We have
temporarily suspended the movement of buses on the highway until
the security situation improves," a senior official of the Provincial
Four militants were killed and
seven others arrested by the Balochistan FC during a search operation
in Shabood area of Panjgur District. A huge cache of weapons,
abducted children and weapons were also recovered from the custody
Around 25 dead bodies were found
buried in the Totak area of Khuzdar District in Balochistan. Digging
is under way to locate more bodies, according to Deputy Commissioner
Abdul Waheed Shah. He said that the bodies were dumped in different
areas. The identity of the victims could not be determined yet.
Only the bones of the bodies were recovered. The government planned
to conduct DNA tests on them. After the recovery of the bodies,
there is a great concern among relatives of the missing persons.
Two bullet-riddled bodies of two
men were found in Basima area of Washuk District. Bodies were
shifted to the hospital for autopsy and identification," Levies
officials said, adding that the victims were 25 to 30 years old.
A gas pipeline was blown up in
Dera Bugti District disrupting the gas-supply to the Sui plant
from well number 15 in Pir Koh gas field. A Levies official said
that unidentified miscreants had planted an explosive device on
the 16 inch-diameter pipeline in Pir Koh gas field.
Militants blew up two gas pipelines
in the Pir Koh area and near the Loti gas field in Dera Bugti
District, suspending gas supply from well no 41 and 3 respectively.
BRA claimed responsibilities for the attacks.
Balochistan High Court gave an
order allowing JWP's provincial chief Shahzain Bugti to go to
Dera Bugti. "The Government of Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had ordered
law-enforcement agencies to provide foolproof security to the
convoy and allow it to enter Dera Bugti safely," a senior official
A person was killed and 12 others
were injured when a bomb explosion occurred destroying a pickup
truck at a petrol pump in Naseerabad District. "A pickup was waiting
in a queue for its turn to fill petrol at a pump when suddenly
a bomb exploded in it," local Police Official Jan Muhammad said.
Unidentified militants shot dead
a worker, identified as Bakht Muhammad of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami
Party, while he was on his way to home with his colleague on the
Bypass Road area of Qilla Abdullah District. However, his friend
Geo News received a video of January
22, 2014 attack on Levies force, escorting Spanish cyclist in
Darin Garh area of Mastung District. The video shows Levies personnel
engaged in firing with militants. It also shows occurring of the
blast during the attack.
PM Nawaz Sharif directed the authorities
to form a committee for initiating reconciliation process and
negotiations with disgruntled Baloch nationalists. He said the
committee should be constituted in consultation with the political
leadership of Balochistan to initiate peace dialogue with the
nationalists as part of the reconciliation process.
PM Nawaz Sharif urged the civil
and military leadership to devise a joint strategy to ensure durable
peace in Balochistan. During his visit to Corps Headquarters in
Quetta Cantonment, he said SFs were playing a commendable role
for securing peace and tranquility in the province. He called
upon the military and civil leadership to adopt a collective approach
in this regard.
CoAS, General Raheel Sharif, Balochistan
CM Abdul Malik Baloch, Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai,
Federal Minister of Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal
Minister for SAFRON General (retired) Abdul Qadir Baloch were
present on the occasion. Southern Command Commander Lieutenant
General Nasser Khan Janjua gave a detailed briefing to the prime
minister on the overall law and order situation in Balochistan.
Nawaz laid a wreath at the Yadgaar-e-Shuhada
to acknowledge the contribution of the martyrs of Army, FC and
Police. Addressing the provincial assembly members, he said, "The
federal government has already allocated funds amounting to PKR
8 billion for completion of Gwadar-Rato Dero and Khuzdar-Naag
highways," he said, adding that work on these projects would be
launched soon and completed within a year. Besides, he said, funds
for PKR 10 billion Kalat-Chaman highway had also been arranged
and work on the project would be started soon.
CoAS General Raheel Sharif said
that the Pakistan Army would provide maximum assistance in enhancing
the capacity of Balochistan Police to ensure peace in the province.
General Sharif said another three courses would be run by the
Pakistan Army this year for Police and Balochistan Constabulary.
Southern Command Commander Lieutenant General Nasir Khan Janjua
and other senior officers were also present on the occasion. According
to ISPR, currently 200 individuals of police and Balochistan Constabulary
are being imparted training by Pakistan Army's Southern Command
in Quetta. An eight-week-long course will conclude on February
Earlier in 2013, Pakistan Army
provided 5,000 weapons and 500,000 rounds of ammunition to Balochistan
Police besides imparting training to 200 policemen to enhance
their capacity in anti-terrorism. The trained force now comprises
Anti-Terrorist Force Balochistan, which has displayed good performance
in the last few months after the training.
Three FC personnel were killed
and four others sustained injuries in a roadside IED explosion
near Awaran town (Awaran District) of Balochistan. "The FC vehicle
was on a routine patrol from Awaran to Lasbela on the national
highway when it was hit by an IED planted by miscreants," Frontier
Corps Spokesperson Mohammed Wasay said. The BLF claimed responsibility
for the attack.
The 18-inch-diameter pipeline,
supplying gas to Uch power plant, was blown up in Allawariya village
of Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad District, suspending gas supply
to Uch power plant.
Thousands of IDPs, including women
and children, who had migrated to Sindh and Punjab because of
a military operation in Dera Bugti nine years ago, are waiting
at Doli check post and Kashmore District for the Government permission
to return home. Having started their journey back home on January
17, 2014 they were stopped at Kashmore District on January 18,
2014. Security officials said they could move ahead only after
getting themselves registered.
A gas pipeline was blown in Dera
Allahyar area of Jaffarabad District, disrupting gas supply to
The shrine of a popular Sufi poet
of Balochistan, Mast Twakali, was set on fire by unidentified
militants in Mawand area of Kohlu District. However, no casualties
were reported. Kohlu's Deputy Commissioner Ejaz Haider said that
after the incident Levies personnel launched a search operation
in Tomboo tehsil of Kohlu District and took five suspects into
Unidentified armed militants attacked
the house of a pro-government tribal elder, Gazeen Khan Bugti,
killing him and eight members of his family, including three women,
three children and two adult males, in Dera Bugti District. Provincial
Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said that the members of the peace
committee retaliated and killed two of the attackers and wounded
three others. The Minister said that it was BRA that had attacked
Unidentified militants set a NATO
container-carrying truck on fire while it was on its way from
Karachi (Sindh) to Chaman town in Qilla Abdullah District, killing
two persons, including the driver of the vehicle in Sibi District.
The firing also caused the truck to catch fire which partially
damaged the container.
Unidentified militants opened
fire on a Quetta-bound private container in Dhadar area of Bolan
District, killing two people, including the driver Shamsullah
and another man, identified as Lal Muhammad.
At least 19 FC personnel were
injured when a bomb exploded while their vehicles passed through
the Sibi and Tali areas of Sibi District.
At least four suspected militants
were killed during an operation conducted by SFs in Chap Garh
area of Dera Bugti District.
Gunmen in Tump town of Kech District
snatched the Deputy Commissioner and the Assistant Commissioner
of Kech District after overpowering their subordinates. According
to Provincial Home Secretary, Adil Gilani, gunmen overpowered
at least 18 staff and security personnel accompanying the two
officials and ordered the convoy to follow them. No group has
so far claimed responsibility of the incident.
The team of six persons that went
for the rescue of two senior government officials, who were earlier
kidnapped on February 13, 2014 by unidentified militants from
Tump town of Kech District, were also abducted from Gomazai in
Turbat District. The recovery team was headed by Assistant Commissioner,
Dasht Naeem Ghichki and comprised two Tehsildar and three Levies'
personnel. BLF had claimed responsibility for the February 13
The Balochistan Government contacted
BLF to secure the release of its abducted officers. "Chief Minister
Dr Abdul Malik Baloch wants to avoid an operation by Security
Forces," Provincial Government Spokesperson Jan Buledi said. "Our
priority is to secure the release of the kidnapped officials through
peaceful negotiations," he said, adding, "The use of force will
be the last option."
A local tribal elder, identified
as Bashir Ahmed Zarakzai, and a minor girl, identified as Robina,
were killed and six others were injured in an exchange of fire
at the house of Sardar Inayatullah Zehri in Zehri Ghat village
in Khuzdar District. According to the FC sources, the raid was
carried out to capture some criminals. A tribal elder of Zehri,
Mir Batay Khan Zarakzai, alleged that Security Forces, supported
by some tribal elders, had attacked the house of Sardar Inayatullah
Zehri, adding that innocent people were killed and injured in
The VMBP head, Mama Qadeer Baloch,
and his Long March from Quetta (Balochistan) to Islamabad (Punjab)
has been threatened. Mama Qadeer has received a threatening telephone
call from an unlisted number informing him of the decision to
prevent the marchers from entering Rawalpindi and Islamabad and
warning them that they will not be allowed to present their demands
to the UN.
The march was undertaken to demand
accountability for the 18000 missing persons from Balochistan,
which VMBP organisation has documented.
Eight persons, including seven
BLF militants and one pro-Government militia member belonging
to Baloch Musala Difa Army were killed while two others were injured
in a gun battle between the two in Bessema area of Washuk District.
"Two armed groups opened fire at each other in the Bessema area
of Washuk," Washuk Deputy Commissioner Qadir Baksh Purkani said,
confirming the fatalities.
Two women were killed and another
injured by militants on suspicion of indulging in immoral activity
at Loralai Bazaar in Loralai town of Loralai District. The incident
follows the stoning of a couple in the same area on February 15,
2014 after a cleric issued a fatwa against them on suspicion of
having illicit relations.
A boy was killed in an IED blast
during the preparation of the Sibi Mela near the Mir Chakar-e-Azam
Stadium in Sibi District. Sibi Deputy Commissioner, Sohailur Rehman
Baloch said it was an IED blast and refuted media reports that
it was a suicide bombing. However, DSP Ali Nawaz said that the
boy was a suicide bomber who entered into the Sibi festival hall
and blew himself up missing his intended target. "The strength
of blast blew body pieces of suicide bomber into the air", the
A railway track was blown up in
an IED attack in Mangoli area of Dera Murad Jamali in Naseerabad
A 220kV power pylon supplying
electricity to districts in Punjab was blown up in Sohbatpur District.
No outfit claimed responsibility for the blasts.
At least five alleged militants
were killed during an exchange of fire with SFs in Turbat District.
A police officer, who requested anonymity, said that armed militants
attacked the convoy of FC in Chah-e-Sar area of Turbat. He said
the FC personnel quickly retaliated and five militants were killed
on the spot. The officer stated that the FC recovered weapons
from the possession of militants. He said that there were no reports
of fatalities on the part of the FC.
A landmine blast killed one woman
and injured seven others in Dera Bugti District. A Levies Official
said on the condition of anonymity that a pick up carrying eight
people, including seven women and a male, for a wedding party
hit a landmine Zain Koh area of in Dera Bugti. "When the vehicle
hit the land mine, there was huge blast, killing one woman on
the spot", he said. No outfit claimed responsibility for the blast.
Journalists threatened to lay
siege of the National Assembly and all Provincial Assemblies,
if political parties failed to put forward legislation protecting
the lives and jobs of media men in Pakistan before March 20, 2014.
The announcement was made by PFUJ, Afzal Butt while addressing
a seminar with regard to threats made against the media. According
to Balochistan Union of Journalists more than 30 journalists were
killed in the insurgency-hit province during the last seven years.
"We will mount pressure on the rulers to protect the media in
BLF militants abducted a polio
worker and three Levies personnel after an armed attack on the
convoy of the Deputy Commissioner of Awaran Rasheed Baloch while
he was returning home after supervising an anti-polio campaign
in Gishik area of Awaran District. Calling from an unspecified
place over phone, a 'spokesman' for the BLF, Gohram Baloch, claimed
responsibility for the kidnappings and said the Deputy Commissioner
was target of the attack.
Unidentified armed assailants
shot dead a man, identified as Saleh Mohammad, in the precincts
of Satellite Town Police Station in Eastern Bypass area of Quetta.
Three Levies personnel and a polio
worker who were abducted on February 24, 2014, from Gishik area
in Awaran District were set free on the night.
An un-named security official
said that Iranian border guards fired mortar shells in the Peshak
area of Panjgur District. However, no casualties were reported.
An Afghan Government official,
identified as Sardar Mohammad, was shot dead on Roghani Road area
of Chamant town in Qilla Abdullah District. According to sources,
Mohammad was an important official and was considered a close
associate of Afghan commander Abdul Raziq Khan, the in-charge
of Spin Buldak District, the first Afghan District after zero
point at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Unidentified armed assailants
barged into the house one Kahir Mohammad in Etihad Colony of Quetta
and killed his son Abdul Zahir.
Unidentified militants killed
a man, identified as Ghulam Nabi, in Mastung District.
The relatives of Balochistan's
missing persons, led by Abdul Qadeer Baloch (72) under the banner
of VBMP, reached the end of their protest march from Quetta, the
provincial capital of Balochistan to Islamabad. Qadeer started
his long march with some families of missing persons from Quetta
on October 27, 2013. He is to present a petition to UN officials
in Islamabad and meet foreign diplomats to raise awareness of
Three FC personnel were killed
and six others wounded in a remotely controlled IED blast along
RCD Highway in Sorab area of Kalat District.
Officials said that they had rescued
11 kidnapped foreigners including eight Iranians, two Tunisians
and one Yemeni national from Turbat District. Iranian security
officials confirmed that their kidnapped border guards were among
those recovered. They had been abducted on February 5, 2013 from
At least 10 militants were killed
during an exchange of fire in Darinjan and Rustam Bazar areas
of Sui tehsil in Dera Bugti District. FC Spokesman Khan Wasay
said "Forces quickly responded and 10 militants were killed on
the spot." He said that the forces also recovered a huge cache
of arms and ammunition from their possession.
Unidentified militant blew up
an 18-inch Sui gas pipeline in Dera Murad Jamali area of Naseerabad
District, disrupting gas supply to Quetta and various other areas
of the province.
The HRCP expressed concern over
Government's refusal to allow right activists and media personnel
to visit Totak area where human bodies were found in unconventional
graves. "Concerns and apprehensions of human rights organisations
and civil society have increased after the discovery of mass graves
in Totak and denial to these institutions to visit Totak and quake-hit
areas of Awaran," the meeting of the HRCP Presided over by its
Balochistan Chapter Chairman Tahir Hussain Khan observed.
The VBMP long march participants
reached the UN country office in Islamabad to present a memorandum.
VBMP leader Mama Qadeer Baloch said they now planned to return
home after presenting their plea to UN. "... This is our last
resort," he said, adding, "Where are these missing people? We
fail to believe the Government. We have failed to get answers
from them. The positive response from the UN gave us hope."
Balochistan Union of Journalists
staged protest demonstration against the killing of Ibrar Tanoli,
a photographer of Reuters, and demanded of the Government to nominate
a judge for heading the Judicial Commission to probe into the
murder of more than 30 newsmen in the Province. "Government must
arrest the culprits involved in the murder of Wali Babar and Ibrar
Tanoli," BUJ President Irfan Saeed told protesting journalists
outside Quetta Press Club. The newsmen complained that threats
and intimidation to journalists in different parts of the province
were undermining freedom of expression. "Government should nominate
a judge to probe into the murder of newsmen without any haste,"
Two Sui gas pipelines were blown
up, suspending gas supply to the plant from the wells, in Loti
and Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti District.
During a discussion jointly organised
by SDP) and IHI in Islamabad, the participants of the long march
from Balochistan made the demand for the recovery of missing persons,
expressing disappointment over the response of the Government
and the Courts.
Mama Qadeer Baloch, who started
the long march under the VBMP banner from Quetta on October 27,
2013 and reached Islamabad on February 28, 2014, revealed that
they were being threatened to end their campaign. However, they
have decided to continue their journey. The march also included
people from Karachi and Hyderabad Districts of Sindh Province
in search of their missing relatives.
||An ASI, identified as Naseer
Ahmed, was shot dead in a targeted attack at Nushki bazaar in Nushki
The Supreme Court directed the
Balochistan Government to submit a reply with explanation about
prosecution and trial of arrested FC officials in a civil or a
military court. The two-member bench comprising Justice Amir Hani
Muslim and Justice Athar Saeed resumed hearing of the case about
law and order situation in the province and mass graves found
in Khuzdar Disrict.
Two people, including a local
leader of the BNP, who was also the chief of the trader's community,
Attaullah Muhammadzai, and his bodyguard, were shot dead on Chakar
Khan Road in Khuzdar District.
An unidentified man was shot dead
on in Fatima Jinnah Road in Quetta.
A seven year old girl was killed
and two others were injured in a landmine blast in Koh area of
Dera Bugti District.
Unidentified militants blew up
a bridge on National Highway near Mach area of Bolan District,
cutting off the land-link between Punjab and Balochistan.
Provincial Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz
Ahmed Bugti said that Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik
Baloch is in contact with some of the 'angry Baloch leaders' for
initiating a process of dialogue to resolve issues faced by the
Province. He said that the Federal Government and Balochistan
Assembly had empowered the Chief Minister to approach Baloch insurgent
leaders and work out a process of dialogue for reconciliation.
He said the Chief Minister had contacted some of the leaders and
was trying to bring them to the negotiating table.
Head Constable, identified as
Manzoor Ahmed, was shot dead on Sariab Road in Quetta (Quetta
District). SP Imran Qureshi said that unidentified militants opened
fire at the vehicle of head constable Manzoor Ahmed on Sariab
Road, killing him on the spot. No outfit claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Two people were killed and three
others were injured when unidentified militants opened fire in
Pedrak area of Turbat District.
Balochistan FC arrested nine suspects
and recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, including four sub
machine guns, two MMGs, 10 hand grenades, 10 magazines and a large
number of rounds, during a raid at Kirani Road area in Quetta.
At least 10 persons, including
nine civilians and one SF, were killed and 35 others were injured
in a bomb explosion targeting FC vehicle at Science College Chowk
area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. A Police
Official, who requested anonymity, said that target of the blast
was FC vehicle that narrowly escaped the attack.
TTP distanced itself from the
attack. However, its splinter group Ahrar-ul-Hind (AH) claimed
responsibility for the attack. "We claim both Peshawar and Quetta
attacks," AH 'chief' Umar Qasmi said, adding, "We don't abide
by these talks and will continue to stage attacks."
A part of the 16-inch diameter
pipeline was blown up in Pir Koh gas field area of Dera Bugti
District, suspending supply to the purification plant. BLA claimed
responsibility for the blast.
Two unidentified dead bodies bearing
torture marks were recovered from two different locations in the
Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti District. According to Levies personnel,
the victims had been subjected to torture before being killed.
An ATC Judge, Justice Tariq Anwer
Kasi, issued arrest warrants for former President General (retired)
Pervez Musharraf's guarantors, Mumtaz Hussain and Nazeer Ahmed,
during the hearing of the August 26, 2006, murder case of Nawab
Akbar Khan Bugti. However, Musharraf, the prime accused, remained
absent during the hearing. "Prime accused Musharraf had never
appeared before the court," court observed while issuing the arrest
warrants. The hearing was adjourned till April 7, 2014.
The Balochistan Government extended
special powers granted to the FC for another two months. According
to an announcement by the Provincial Home Secretary Syed Asadur
Rehman Gilani, the paramilitary force will continue to exercise
police powers for two more months to maintain law and order in
the province. The FC was first given the powers to carry out raids
and detain and interrogate suspects in January 2012 after the
provincial coalition Government led by Nawab Aslam Raisani was
sent home and Governor rule was imposed in Balochistan on the
demand of Hazara Shia community.
Political parties of Balochistan
demanded of the Federal Government to include the name of the
abducted ANP leader Arabab Zahir Kasi in exchange of prisoners'
list with the TTP. They urged upon Islamabad to help the Provincial
Government in an unhurt recovery of Kasi. "Arbab Zahir Kasi has
been shifted to a region where Balochistan Government has no writ,"
Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, the PML-N Provincial President said. He
hinted that abductors might have shifted the ANP leader to Waziristan
area bordering Afghanistan after kidnapping him from Quetta.
The CM of Balochistan Malik Baloch
announced the formation of a STF to arrest culprits involved in
the murder of journalists in the Province. Over 30 journalists
were killed in the Province during the last seven years, according
to the Balochistan Union of Journalists. "I order the formation
of a task force to bring the killers of journalists to the book,"
the Chief Minister assured the protesting journalists outside
the Assembly. However, the President of Balochistan Union of Journalists
Irfan Saeed said "Despite repeated assurances, the killers of
journalists are still at large".
The Balochistan Assembly, chaired
by the Deputy Speaker Mir Qaddus Bizenjo, adopted four resolutions
with its members discussing issues like job quota for locals in
private companies. Of these, a joint resolution seeking allocation
of 70 per cent job quota for local youths in private industrial
units and other companies was tabled by Sardar Saleh Muhammad
Bhootani. The quota would serve to ease the unemployment crisis
in the Province, said the resolution.
At least five militants were killed
and eight others were arrested during a search operation by SFs
in Turbat District. An un-named official said that SFs launched
a search operation in the Pidrak area of Turbat that led to an
exchange of fire between militants and SFs. "The forces quickly
responded and killed five militants during the exchange of fire,"
he added. He further stated that eight suspects were arrested
up from the same area and are being interrogated by the security
A two-member bench of the Supreme
Court, comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Justice Mushir
Alam, while hearing the cases on the law and order situation in
Balochistan, missing persons and the Khuzdar mass grave case observed
that Balochistan Chief Secretary was visiting the US while people
in the province were dying.
The court directed the Balochistan
Chief Secretary to hold a meeting on his return from the US and
adjourned the hearing for two weeks.
A Policeman guarding the polio
team workers was killed when unidentified militants attacked the
team in Nasirabad area of Loralai District. No outfit claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Sardar Sanaullah Zehrion, PML-N
Parliamentary leader made an announcement that the Balochistan
Government is setting up the Shuhada Foundation to assist the
families of security personnel killed in the war against terror.
The driver of NATO oil container
was killed and his companion was injured when unidentified militants
set ablaze the tanker in Bypass area of Dhadar tehsil in Bolan
District. An un-named levies official said that the militants
escaped from the spot after torching the container. No outfit
claimed responsibility for the attack.
A bomb blast targeting a vehicle
carrying SFs killed a minor girl and injured 15 others on the
outskirts of Quetta city in Balochistan. Militants targeted the
vehicle of FC through an IED on Quetta's Sariab road area.
Unidentified militants disguised
in SFs' uniforms attacked the Pasni radar-post in Mekran Belt
near Gwadar town (Gwadar District), killing a Balochistan Constabulary
official and injuring another. An official in the province's home
and tribal affairs department, who requested anonymity owing to
sensitivity of the matter, told a private television channel that
eight militants stormed inside the Pasni radar post and killed
personnel deployed there. "The militants took eight security personnel
hostage," he said, adding that the insurgents killed one of them
for offering resistance.
Three more dead bodies were recovered
from a mass grave in Totak area of Khuzdar District. The mass
grave was discovered on January 25. So far, 16 dead bodies have
been recovered from the grave. Two dead bodies were identified
by their relatives, whereas the remaining corpses are yet to be
Two passengers of the Akbar Bugti
Express were killed and 10 others were injured when unidentified
armed assailants attacked the train with two rockets in the Bolan
District. The attackers fired two rockets which hit the bogies
of the train, said officials of the Pakistan Railways. The FC
and Railways Police personnel retaliated.
A dead body was found in the Totak
area of Khuzdar District.
The dead body of an Iranian national,
identified as Mohtaj Ubair, was found hanging from a tree in the
Mashkail town of Kharan District. Balochistan Levies personnel
found a piece of paper from the body that read "death to the informer
of Iran". Assistant Commissioner Asghar Syapad said, "The body
bore multiple marks of torture and he was hanged to death." According
to details, Ubair had come to visit his relatives in Pakistan
and was abducted from Chagai District on the same day.
According to official sources
the number of dead bodies found from a mass grave in Totak area
of Khuzdar District reached 17. Balochistan Home Secretary Asad
ur Rehman Gailani said that during last two days four bodies were
recovered from the mass grave in Totak area of Khuzdar. "They
are yet to be identified," Gailani stated.
The Commander of the Southern
Command, Lieutenant General Nasser Khan Janjua said that the process
to resolve the Balochistan issue through talks is under way and
the Army has been cooperating with the Provincial Government in
its efforts to restore peace. He said steps had been taken to
end unrest because development of the province was linked to peace.
Unidentified militants opened
fire at a car and killed three people and injured two women inside
it in Satellite Town area of Quetta. SP Sariab, Imran Qureshi
said, "The victims are yet to be identified". No outfit claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Police arrested the salesman of
Al Badar Bookshop, identified as Khuda Bakhsh, and seized 'objectionable'
material, including books, during a raid at the store in Gwadar
District. "Police raided the bookshop after receiving information
about objectionable books and other material kept there," District
Police Officer Pervez Umrani said. According to details, the Policemen
also confiscated two books on Balochistan's history, Lala Hatu
Ram's 'Tareekh-e-Balochistan' and Dr Shah Mohammad Marri's 'Baloch'.
Police arrested the owner of a
CD shop and also seized a number of CDs from the shop located
on Airport Road in Quetta.
The Judicial Tribunal tasked to
investigate the discovery of 17 dead bodies from mass graves in
Tutak area of Khuzdar District is expected to produce its findings
within a month. The Tribunal, headed by Balochistan High Court
Judge Justice Noor Mohammed Meskanzai, sought eight more weeks
on February 28, 2014, as it wanted to record the statements. "The
extension of eight weeks will help the tribunal to record the
statements of maximum number of people," Home Secretary Balochistan
Asad Gilani said.
Spokesperson of Balochistan Government
Jan Mohammed Buleidai said, "High Court judge is investigating
this case and we hope that responsible will be brought to justice."
The DNA tests of 13 dead bodies are yet to be submitted to the
tribunal. Officials have only identified one body as that of Naseer
Ahmed through a piece of paper recovered from the body. All the
bodies were decomposed beyond recognition.
At least four people were injured
when unidentified militants hurled a hand grenade at a shop in
Osta Mohammad tehsil of Jaffarabad District. No outfit claimed
responsibility for the attack. A Police Official, Muhammad Ayub
suspected that Baloch separatists could be behind the attack.
SFs foiled a terror attack to
blow up a gas pipeline in Bhong of Rahim Yar Khan District by
arresting three BRA militants. Intelligence Agencies had informed
the Police about the threat beforehand and the area was monitored
for suspicious activity. According to details, four BRA militants
arrived in the area on April 6 with advanced weapons and explosive
material with the alleged intention to damage the pipeline. However,
the Police thwarted their attempt and arrested three of the suspects
while one managed to escape.
FC claimed to have killed more than 30 militants
in Parodh area of Kalat District. Khan Wasey, the FC Spokesman
said that the forces launched an operation against militants in
Kalat District's Parodh area. He further added that 10 security
personnel also sustained injuries during the operation and the
"Forces also destroyed six vehicles of miscreants". "There is
an intense firing between forces and miscreants", Wasey added.
Security Forces also claimed to have recovered rocket launchers,
hand grenades, hand-held bombs and other arms and ammunition from
the possessions of militants. Provincial Interior Minister Sarfraz
Bugti confirmed that the SFs seized a large quantity of weapons
during the raids and that 10 members of the paramilitary force
were wounded in the fighting.
The FC Spokesman claimed that the targeted militants
were involved in recent attacks on passenger trains, SFs and other
vital installations in different parts of the province.
Political and religious leaders urged the committees
representing the Government and the Taliban in peace talks to
include the name of ANP leader Arbab Zahir Kasi in the list of
people TTP Shura is being asked to release. They said that Zahir
Kasi should not be ignored when the Government and the TTP exchanged
captives. Kasi was kidnapped from Quetta on October 23, 2013.
An ATC in Quetta ordered former President General
(retired) Pervez Musharraf to appear before it on April 21, 2014,
in a case relating to the August 26, 2006, murder of Baloch nationalist
leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. ATC Quetta 1 Judge Tariq Ahmed Kasi
directed Musharraf to appear before the court otherwise his bail
would be cancelled. "The court will issue arrest warrants against
him if he fails to appear before it," counsel of Nawabzada Jamil
Akbar Bugti, Sohail Rajput said while quoting the remarks of the
judge during the hearing.
At least 17 people, including a woman and five
children, were killed and 44 others were wounded when a passenger
train, Jaffar Express was bombed at Sibi Railway Station in Sibi
District. The UBA claimed responsibility for the attack on the
train which was en route from Quetta to Rawalpindi District in
Punjab. "Today's attack was revenge against the military operation,"
UBA 'spokesman' Mureed Baloch said referring to the April 7, 2014,
Kalat crackdown by the SFs. "We warn the people not to travel
in trains as we will continue attacks in the future," he added.
Muhammad Tahir, a Police Official said that militants targeted
the passenger train through an IED at Sibi Railway Station, adds
Dawn. "When Pindi bound train reached railway station, there was
a huge blast," he said.
A complete shutter-down strike was observed in
parts of Balochistan on April 8 in response to a strike called
by the BNF protesting the military operation in Kalat District
on April 7, 2014. A BNF spokesperson said that SFs had launched
the operation against locals after suffering a defeat 'at the
hands of the BLA in Kalat and Nushki Districts'.
BLA 'spokesperson' Mirak Baloch said his armed
men brought down a gunship helicopter in Kalat and killed several
SFs personnel in response to the operation. "After facing tough
resistance, the SFs carried out shelling on the local population
and targeted innocent Baloch people," Mirak said. He claimed that
none of the BLA's members were killed in the operation. A BRA
'spokesperson' also issued a similar statement.
Two bus passengers belonging to Shia Hazara community
were killed in an incident of target killing on Sariab Road in
Quetta. SP Imran Qureshi said that militants singled out two members
of Hazara community from a passenger bus and opened fire on them
from a very close range. "The incident as an act of targeted killing,"
said Qureshi, adding, the passenger bus was preparing to leave
for Karachi when intercepted by militants. Police said, "It is
an act of sectarian terrorism".
Two bullet-riddled dead bodies, identified as
that of Fareed and Mohammad Saleem, were found in Mand area of
Turbat District. According to Police, Saleem was kidnapped before
being shot dead.
A terror attack was averted when a small bomb
planted in the Fruit Mandi of Quetta failed to explode. A senior
Police Official said that the IED was concealed in tomato crates.
"Only the fuse of the IED went off causing panic and stampede
in the market," SP Mohammad Jaffar said.
BDS officials said the bomb weighed around two
kilogrammes. "There have been no casualties because the IED did
not explode," a BDS official said. However, no outfit claimed
responsibility for the attack.
Source:Compiled from news reports and