A truck loaded with coal was on
its way to Loralai when it struck a landmine in Chamalang area,
killing the driver and injuring another person.
A blast occurred in the Bakhtairabad
area after a vehicle of the Frontier Corps hit a landmine, injuring
Rockets were fired on a security
forces’ checkpoint in Kohlu district’s Kahan area.
Power supply was suspended in
several areas of Hub after a pylon of a high-power transmission
line was blown up.
Two suspected terrorists were
killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces (SFs) in
the Kan-Mehtarzai area of Muslim Bagh, some 160km north of provincial
capital Quetta. Sources said the encounter ensued after the SF
personnel signaled a vehicle going towards Dera Ismail Khan in
the NWFP to stop, but the suspects attempted to speed away. "They
were religious extremists," an unnamed security official said,
adding that they might be suicide bombers.
Five people were wounded in a
bomb attack on a bus stop in the industrial town of Hub. According
to police, a bicycle fitted with explosives and parked at the
bus stop on the main Quetta-Karachi national highway exploded
when a police van reached the location.
Three policemen and their driver
were injured when their vehicle hit a remote-controlled explosive
device near the Rawalpindi Interchange of the Indus Highway in
Two personnel of the Sindh Rangers
were injured when a landmine exploded in the Fat Feeder area of
Sui. According to sources, the landmine was planted to blow up
a vehicle of the Rangers, but it exploded after the vehicle had
One Frontier Corps soldier died
and two other sustained injuries when unidentified miscreants
ambushed them in the Spinny Road area of Quetta, capital of Balochistan.
Raz Mohammad and Tehlel Khan,
employed at a coal mine in the Bolan district, were killed and
five persons wounded when one of the men stepped on a landmine
as they were returning home.
Six security force personnel were
injured in a landmine explosion in Sibi district when their vehicle
hit a landmine. No group has claimed responsibility for either
of the blasts.
One person was killed and two
others sustained injuries in a landmine explosion in the coalmining
area of Marget near Mach.
Six people were injured after
they tried to prevent an attack on a barber’s shop in the Essa
Nagri area of Quetta, capital of Balochistan province. According
to police, a group of people tried to capture the assailant but
he attacked with a hand-grenade and opened fire, injuring six
of them. The man later escaped in the ensuing confusion.
Two persons were injured when
an unidentified man lobbed a grenade into a bakery in Mastung.
Insurgents blew up a railway tack
linking the provincial capital Quetta with Iran.
A bomb blast occurred in the industrial
town of Hub. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The Balochistan Inspector General
of Police, Saud Gohar, said that security agencies have arrested
three suspected terrorists in Nushki for their alleged involvement
in the killing of security force personnel and in subversive activities.
He said during a press conference in the provincial capital Quetta
that terrorism and subversive activities increased in Balochistan
by 19 per cent during 2007. About 186 people were killed and 445
injured in 540 incidents of terrorism and sabotage. He said that
police had recovered 1,855 kilograms of drugs, over 1,000 weapons
and 18 kilograms of explosives during the year.
A vehicle of the security forces
was damaged in a landmine explosion in the Sangsilla area of the
Dera Bugti district. However, no loss of life or injuries was
Two Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) militants
escaped from a sub-jail located inside the headquarters of the
Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) in the Quetta cantonment area. Usman
Saifullah and Shafiqur Rehman were tried by an Anti-Terrorism
Court in several cases of sectarian killings. The court had sentenced
Usman to death for sectarian attacks and Shafiq to life imprisonment
in another case. Police said Usman had masterminded numerous sectarian
killings and attacks on imambargah (congregation hall for
Shia rituals) in Quetta and he had been arrested from Karachi
in June 2006. Shafiq was arrested from Mastung in Balochistan
in 2007. After the escape, police detained 13 jail and ATF personnel
who had been on duty.
Three oil tankers and a container
carrying fuel and goods for the allied forces in southern Afghanistan
were blown up in the border town of Chaman and the Sranan area
of Qila Abdullah district. Police managed to save another oil
tanker, defusing a bomb strapped to it.
A soldier was killed and six others
sustained injuries in two landmine explosions in the Pat Denari
area and Pir Koh on the Sindh-Balochistan border. A convoy of
the Sindh Rangers was passing through Pat Denari when one of the
mines exploded, injuring three soldiers. The second mine exploded
near the Pir Koh gas field in which a Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle
was destroyed. Four FC personnel were injured in the incident.
A landmine blast at Dera Bugti
killed a trooper and injured two others. Police said a vehicle
of the security forces could have hit the landmine during patrolling.
One trooper, Shafi Muhammad, was killed and two others, Shahid
and Muhammad, were injured.
A gas pipeline was blown up by
unidentified persons in Sui, disrupting gas supply to parts of
the Punjab and Sindh. Four suspects were arrested after the explosion
and shifted them to an unknown place for interrogation.
In Baloch Colony, some unidentified
miscreants blew up the main gas pipeline, which caused the termination
of gas supply to Punjab and Sindh. The explosion damaged three
feet of the pipeline.
A blast in Hub destroyed an electricity
pylon causing power outage in the city and surrounding areas.
A child was killed while two security
force personnel and a civilian were wounded on when landmines
exploded in the Pirkoh and Kahan areas of Dera Bugti and Kohlu
Insurgents blew up four power
pylons due to which supply of electricity to Sui and Dera Bugti
has been suspended. According to The Post, unidentified miscreants
blew up a high transmission line of 33 KV in the area of Mazar
Six people sustained injuries
when a bomb strapped to a bicycle exploded in Quetta, capital
of Balochistan. The cycle was parked outside the offices of the
District Coordination Office and Anti-Terrorist Court on the Anscomb
Two power pylons were blown up
in the Maiwant area of Kohlu district, suspending power supply
to the adjoining areas.
A suspected militant was killed
by the troops in an operation in the Khal Gari area of Sui Tehsil
(administrative unit) in the Dera Bugti district. The Security
Forces (SFs) were fired upon when they launched the operation
on a tip-off about the presence of militants and their hideouts
in the area. "An armed man was killed in the exchange of
fire," said an unnamed senior official. The SFs neutralized
the hideout and recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition,
including rocket-launchers, rockets, anti-aircraft guns and thousands
An assistant sub-inspector and
a constable were injured when armed men opened fire on a police
vehicle when it was passing through the Joint Road late. "Yes,
two police personnel received bullet injuries in the firing,"
Rehmatullah Niazi, the DIG Operations, said, adding that some
bullets fired also hit the car of a journalist.
A huge pylon of the high power
transmission line near Hub was blown up, suspending electricity
supply to a vast area. According to sources, the explosive device
was planted around the 500KV transmission line at the northern
bypass. "Power supply was suspended to the area adjoining
Hub in Sindh province," Abdullah Afridi, SHO Hub police station
Two powerful explosions were reported
from Dera Allahyar.
Armed men kidnapped a driver of
the irrigation department from the Pat Feeder area.
The Frontier Corps also claimed
recovering a large quantity of arms and ammunition from the Gul
Kach area of Zhob, including grenades, mortar bombs, AK-47 rifles
and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
One person was killed and three
others sustained injuries when the tractor trolley they were aboard
hit a landmine near RD-238 in the Pat Feeder area near Sui.
Two pylons of the 220 KV transmission
line near Dear Allahyar were blown up.
Beebarg Baloch, a spokesman for
the BLA, claimed that the BLA had attacked SFs in Kahan and Siha
Giri area of Kohlu district and that SFs had suffered heavy losses.
He claimed that the BLA was also involved in attacking a police
vehicle in Quetta and blowing up power pylons in Dera Allahyar
and Hub. However, official sources denied that SFs had come under
A suspected suicide bomber was
killed in Quetta when the explosives he was carrying detonated
accidentally. The blast, which occurred at Sabzal Road, also injured
Three persons were killed and
12 others sustained injuries in a bomb blast that occurred at
a bus stand in the Dera Murad Jamali town. Two people died instantly
and one, Ghanwar Bugti, died in the hospital. Police sources said
Bugti was believed to have been planting the bomb when it exploded.
Meanwhile, the Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for
the blast in a telephone call to local journalists.
Six security force (SF) personnel
were injured in an explosion near Dera Bugti. Police sources said
the remote-controlled explosive device had been placed by a road
and it exploded when a vehicle carrying personnel of the Bhombor
Rifles, a wing of the Frontier Corps, was passing. A spokesman
for the Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the
Security forces captured Taliban
commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah along with five other Taliban
militants after a gun-battle in the Gowal Ismailzai village of
Qila Saifullah district (near the Afghan border). He is the younger
brother of Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah, who was killed in
a clash with the US-led forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand province
in May 2007. "Mansoor Dadullah is alive, but he is injured
and in the custody of the authorities along with five other Taliban
who too have received injuries," caretaker Interior Minister
Lt-Gen (retd) Hamid Nawaz said.
Eight people, including four journalists,
sustained injuries when a bomb exploded near the election office
of two independent candidates in the Khuzdar district. Deputy
Superintendent of Police Abdul Samad Mengal said the bomb was
planted on the carrier of a bicycle parked near the joint election
office of independent candidates Mir Muhammad Ayub Jattak and
Sardar Muhammad Aslam Bazenjo at Azadi Chowk.
Security force personnel arrested
over 40 suspects during a search operation launched in the some
areas. Beebarg Baloch, a spokesman for the banned Baloch Liberation
Army, meanwhile, claimed that the security forces had launched
a massive operation in the Siah Geri area of Kahan sub-division
of Kohlu district and arrested over 150 people of the Marri tribe.
Two explosions were reported from
the Mastung and Kharan towns. However, no loss of life or injuries
was reported. While an explosive device planted near the District
Coordination Officer’s office in Kharan went off triggering panic
in the area, Police said the second explosive device had been
planted in an open area in Mastung.
A landmine reportedly hit a tractor
trolley in the Feeder area.
Four children and a man were injured
when a bomb exploded in the coalmine town of Mach. According to
police, the bomb was planted near a mosque.
Two explosions were reported from
Nushki. Police said that the explosive devices had been planted
outside the election campaign offices of the Pakistan People’s
Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Q. The blasts damaged a portion
of a wall.
Police seized four AK-47 rifles,
besides five magazines and a hand-grenade from a Hub-bound ambulance
coming from Turbat. "We have arrested five people, including
three women, who were in the ambulance," an unnamed police
A boy was killed and three others
sustained injuries when a landmine exploded in the Qadirabad village
of Noshki district. Police sources said the landmine had been
planted near the Hashima Mosque.
Four security force personnel
were killed and another wounded when a landmine exploded in the
Pir Koh gas field area of Dera Bugti district. Sources said that
a landmine planted by militants in Haideri Nallah near Pir Koh
gas field blew up a vehicle carrying Frontier Corps personnel.
A police officer was killed and
eight other people, including an MQM candidate and two police
personnel, were injured in different attacks. According to police
sources, the MQM candidate for NA-259, Abdul Ghani Kasi, was sitting
in his election office when unidentified people riding a motorbike
hurled a hand-grenade which exploded in the office. "The
candidate and three MQM workers received serious injuries,"
said Deputy Inspector General of Police Rehmatullah Niazi.
Four persons, including two police
officers, were injured in Killi Qambrani, in the outskirts of
provincial capital Quetta, when some people attacked the polling
station with a hand-grenade.
Some people lobbed a hand-grenade
on the roof of a government school in Killi Ismail housing a polling
station. Another blast was reported from the Sariab area while
two other polling stations and the office of a union council were
bombed in Mashkey. A bomb exploded near the Turbat Model High
School and explosions were also reported from the Sado-Jhakrani
area of Jaffarabad, Khuzdar, Mach, Kalat, Tump, Awaran and Killi
Jamaldini of Noshki in government buildings housing polling stations.
However, no casualty was reported in these blasts.
Train service between provincial
capital Quetta and rest of the country was suspended after railway
tracks were blown up at two places, near Killi Zehri and Degree
College in Sariab area.
Four electric pylons were blown
up in the Kohlu and Jaffarabad districts causing suspension in
Another half a dozen explosions
were reported from different areas damaging polling stations.
In the elections in Balochistan,
the PML-Q won 17 seats out of 44, while the Pakistan People’s
Party won seven seats. Independent candidates won ten seats.
Unidentified assailants shot dead
three traffic policemen in Quetta. Capital City Police Officer
Mohammad Akbar said the officers, Sub-Inspector Abdul Latif and
Constables Bashir and Muhammad Ayub, were performing routine traffic
duty in Killi Ismail when assailants rode up to them on a motorcycle
and opened fire. Bibarg Baloch, a spokesman of the banned Balochistan
Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attack.
A gas pipeline was blown up by insurgents in the
Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti district. Police said that the explosive
device had been planted under the 18-inch diameter pipeline.
Three security force personnel
were killed and five others injured when a remote control bomb
hit their vehicle the in Sangsila area of Dera Bugti.
One civilian was killed and two
others were wounded when their motorcycle hit a landmine near
Militants blew up a portion of
the 16-inch gas pipeline in the Loti area of Dera Bugti district.
The Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the incident.
Armed men shot dead two civilians
in the Noshki area. Police sources said Ikram Ahmed and Khadim
Hussain were engaged in repair work in the Noshki district jail
when two armed men riding a motorbike opened fire on them, killing
them on the spot. A spokesman for the Baloch Republican Army has
claimed responsibility for the attack.
Suspected militants triggered
a bomb blast in an open ground at Killi Khezi in the suburb of
Quetta. However, no loss of life or property was reported.
Five Frontier Corps (FC) personnel
were injured when a landmine exploded in the Dera Bugti district.
According to sources, a vehicle carrying the five FC personnel
to Sui hit the landmine near the Pesh Bogi area.
Four soldiers sustained injuries
when their vehicle hit a landmine in the Barkhan area.
Two pylons of a high power transmission
line were blown up near Dera Allayhyar, suspending power supply
to Shikarpur from the Och power plant in Dera Murad Jamali.
Suspected insurgents damaged a
gas pipeline in Hazargangi in the outskirts of Quetta.
A soldier of the Rangers was killed
and another sustained injuries when their vehicle hit a landmine
on the Sui road near Kashmore late. Reports said that a party
of Rangers was patrolling the road to keep watch over a gas pipeline
laid from Sui to Punjab and Balochistan, when their vehicle hit
a landmine and blew up with huge explosion.
Security forces foiled an attempt
to blow up two bridges linking Dera Bugti with the other areas.
Police sources said that three suspected militants had been arrested
and 40kg of high explosives and two remote-controlled bombs seized
from the area during a search operation.
Staff of the Attock Cement Factory
going in a van to Karachi narrowly escaped an explosion in the
Sakran area of Hub. A bomb planted on a road exploded when the
van was passing through the area.
One soldier was killed and two
others sustained injuries when a military truck struck a landmine
near Dera Bugti. The vehicle was reportedly carrying troops on
a routine patrol when it hit the landmine, local police chief
Najmuddin Tareen said.
Frontier Crops personnel recovered
more than 8,000 rounds of 12.7 mm gun from the Chagai Mountains.
Unidentified miscreants had dumped the ammunition in the mountains
which was to be smuggled to interior Balochistan for terrorist
acts, official sources said.
A bomb blast at a small hotel
in Kohlu, a remote town about 200 kilometres east of Quetta, killed
one person and injured two others.
A powerful blast damaged several
carriages of a goods train going to Ahmedwall from Noshki. The
device was planted on the track and the explosion derailed the
engine and five bogies of the Taftan express, which had been carrying
rice and vegetables.
Five suspected suicide bombers
were arrested after a powerful explosion left four of them injured
in a house in Pashtoonabad in Quetta. "A suicide jacket,
around 3kg of high explosive material, two remote-controlled systems,
four electronic detonators, Jihadi literature and CDs were seized
from the house," said Rehmatullah Niazi, Deputy Inspector
General of Police (Operations). According to police sources, the
explosion occurred in a house in the Usman Qila area. "The
suspects injured in the explosion were preparing a suicide jacket
during which the explosion occurred," Niazi said, adding
that they were planning a suicide attack in Quetta.
A truck of the Frontier Corps
passing through the Eidgah Road was attacked with a hand-grenade.
The grenade exploded after bouncing off the truck, injuring five
people sitting outside a tea stall.
Another explosion in a street
off the busy Orchard Road injured a six-year-old girl.
Two persons were injured when
they stepped over a landmine near Goth Abdul Rehman.
A rocket fired by militants damaged
a portion of the Panjgur airport radar room. The militants managed
to flee after the airport security guards returned fire.
A man claiming to be the spokesman
of the BLA and identifying himself as Beebarg Baloch claimed that
five security force personnel, who were trying to defuse a landmine,
were killed and three others were injured after it was detonated
with a remote control near Kahan.
Troops at the Chaman border seized
arms and ammunition from a car which had crossed over from Afghanistan.
According to Colonel Syed Agha Mohammed Haider, the troops seized
13 rocket shells, four rifles, two pistols and more than 100 machine-gun
rounds. However, he added, no one was arrested and two men in
the car escaped.
Two pylons of a high power transmission
line were blown up, causing suspension of power supply to several
areas of Dera Allahyar. Police sources said that explosive devices
placed near the pylons of 220kv Shaikarpur-Uch power transmission
line blew up.
Power supply to various areas
of the Bolan district was disrupted after four pylons of two high-power
transmission lines were blown up. Officials said some saboteurs
had planted heavy explosives around three pylons of 220 KV and
one pylon of 132 KV of the Sibi-Mach transmission lines.
Five persons were wounded after
an explosive device planted in a bicycle hit the vehicle of a
tribal elder, Wadera Abdul Rehman Bugti, in the Naka Jatoi area
of Dera Murad Jamali in Nasirabad district.
Gunmen riding motorcycles shot
dead a coastguard and injured two others in the industrial town
of Hub. The attack was claimed by the Balochistan Liberation Army.
Two SF personnel, Gul Zaman and
Abdul Rauf, were killed when their road-clearing vehicle hit a
landmine in the Telawagh area of Dera Bugti district.
A man, identified as Ghulam Bahadur,
was killed and two others, Abdul Khalil Bugti and Mir Muhammad
Bugti, were injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in the Sui
area of Dera Bugti district.
The vehicle of a tribal elder,
Wadera Bashir Chanrazi, hit a landmine. The tribal leader, however,
A FC soldier, identified as Zulfiqar
Ali, was killed and another sustained injuries by armed men on
a motorbike on the Manu Jan Road in Quetta.
Security forces foiled an attempt
to blow up a bridge on the Dera Bugti-Sangsilla road. About 55kgs
of high explosives in two bags had been placed under the bridge
but were detected before the saboteurs could detonate them.
A labourer was killed in a landmine
explosion in the Sui area. Police sources said that a landmine
planted by militants on an under-construction road exploded when
labourers commenced work. One of the labourers died on the spot
and two others sustained injuries.
Militants blew up two power pylons
near Kohlu, causing suspension of electricity supply to a vast
area in the Kohlu township.
Unidentified people blew up a
bulldozer and a vehicle of the security forces with explosives
in Quetta. However, no loss of life was reported.
Gas supply was suspended to a
private power plant and seven other industrial units when some
people blew up the main gas pipeline near Kolpur.
A railway track linking the provincial
capital Quetta with Iran was blown up near Dalbandin.
A bomb blast was reported from
Quetta and a grenade exploded in a grid station in Sariab.
Two people were injured when some
people hurled a hand-grenade on a house in the industrial town
Railway traffic between Quetta
and the rest of the country was suspended for several hours after
a portion of the main track was blown up by saboteurs near the
Degree College. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
A gas pipeline was blown up on
the outskirts of Quetta causing suspension of gas supply to various
parts of the provincial capital.
Militants attacked check-posts
of security forces in the Dera Bugti and Kahan areas of the Kohlu
district. Official sources said 22 rockets were fired on check-posts
in different areas. However, they said, the rockets landed in
open places areas. Beebargh Baloch, spokesman for the banned Baloch
Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
A policeman, Syed Jamil Shah,
was killed by suspected insurgents in the Saddar Police Station
area of Quetta by unidentified militants.
Militants blew up a stretch of
a 20-inch-diameter gas pipeline in the Sui area of Dera Bugti
district. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Police said that unidentified
gunmen killed one Frontier Corps trooper, Habibur Rehman, and
injured four soldiers after opening fire at them in Quetta. Police
official Raja Fayyaz told AP that the soldiers came under
fire as they travelled through Quetta on a routine patrol. There
was no claim of responsibility.
Two civilians, Lal Khan and Ali
Jan, were killed after their donkey cart hit a landmine in Sohbatpur
in the Nasirabad district.
Two people were killed in a bomb
blast in the Bagar area of Jaffarabad district. The bomb, planted
on a bicycle, exploded, killing a local landlord and his aide.
Two SF personnel were shot dead
by unidentified armed men at the Quetta airport road near Killi
Alamo. The SF personnel were on their routine assignment in plain
clothes when unidentified assailants attacked them. The Balochistan
Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the killing.
Security forces are reported to
have defused a landmine near a bridge in the Sangsela area in
the Dera Bugti district.
At least nine persons were injured
in bomb blasts in Dera Allahyar and Mastung. Three guards of pro-government
tribal elder Wadera Bungal Khan Bugti and three passers-by were
injured when a remote-controlled bomb attached to a parked motorcycle
exploded near Sobatpur Chowk in Dera Allahyar. Bungal Khan, a
former commander of the slain nationalist leader, Nawab Akbar
Bugti, escaped unhurt.
Three linemen of the Quetta Electric
Supply Company were wounded when a landmine exploded in the Pashkram
village of Mastung district. They were repairing a power pylon
which had been blown up on April 2-night.
Supply from the Pir Koh gas field
to the main purification plant in Sui was suspended after a pipeline
was blown up by suspected insurgents in the Dashat Goran area
of Dera Bugti district.
SFs arrested four suspected suicide
bombers from the Naseerabad district. The suspects were arrested
from a passenger bus traveling from Peshawar in the NWFP to Quetta.
SF personnel seized suicide jackets and explosives from the possession
of the alleged bombers.
Four foreigners suspected of having
links with al Qaeda were arrested from the Dera Murad Jamali area
of Nasirabad district. They were reportedly travelling in a Peshawar-bound
bus. "The suspects are Turkish nationals. They were going to Jacobabad
when security officials intercepted the bus on Thursday night,"
sources told Dawn. A large quantity of high explosives, 1,600
rounds of sub-machine gun, a laptop, 10 Jihadi books, CDs, fake
Afghan refugee cards, some dollars and riyals and a digital camera
were seized from their possession.
One militant was killed in an
exchange of fire with the SFs in the Mand area of Turbat. Official
sources said that the militants attacked a convoy passing through
Mand, a small town near the Pakistan-Iran border. Security forces
retaliated, killing one of the militants and injuring another.
"We have seized a huge quantity of arms and ammunition left behind
by the militants," Frontier Corps sources said.
Four SF personnel were injured
when a landmine exploded in the Dera Bugti district.
Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar
Ali Magsi has said that reconciliation efforts have begun in the
province and the new Government will take steps to make them successful.
He informed the media in provincial capital Quetta that stopping
military operation and restoring peace and normality in the province
would be the new Government’s priority. He said the Government’s
first task should be to initiate dialogue with dissidents because
the use of force over the past five years had not yielded any
Two SF personnel were killed and
five others sustained injuries in bomb blasts and armed attacks
on SFs in the Khuzdar, Noshki and Hub areas. Sources said that
a FC vehicle was hit by a remote-controlled bomb near Government
Girls College in Noshki, killing a soldier and injuring two others.
The FC soldiers were on their way to Noshki from their check-post
when they came under attack. Another FC trooper was killed in
Khuzdar when unidentified assailants opened fire at their vehicle
on a bridge in the Khatan area. Unidentified people also attacked
a police van with a bomb at the Hub-Dureji road in the Lasbela
district, injuring three police personnel.
The Balochistan Assembly in its
inaugural session unanimously adopted a resolution calling for
an immediate end to military operations in the province. The resolution
also called for the release of Balochistan National Party (Mengal
faction) chief Akhtar Mengal and all detained political activists,
and the rehabilitation of Balochistan’s internally displaced people.
The House also passed a resolution unanimously calling for an
UN-led investigation into former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s
assassination. A resolution moved by 12 legislators demanded a
judicial inquiry into the murder of former Balochistan governor
Nawab Akbar Bugti and former Member of Provincial Assembly Balaach
Marri. Another related resolution called for an UN-supervised
probe into their murders, and demanded that Bugti’s body be handed
over to his family. The fourth resolution demanded the abolition
of the police and restoration of the Levies Force.
The proscribed BLA rejects the
Government’s offer for talks, saying it was not ready even to
consider it. Talking to Dawn by a satellite phone, the
BLA spokesman Beebarg Baloch said: "We regard the Government’s
offer for talks as its defeat because previously it was not ready
even to recognise the existence of the BLA." He said that three
pillars of what he called genocide of the Baloch nation - establishment,
the army and the Musharraf-led system - were intact and the Government
could not hoodwink the Baloch people. He said that two former
governors of Balochistan, a chief minister, a provincial minister
and a federal minister were on the hit-list of the BLA.
A pipeline supplying gas to the
Pir Koh gas plant was blown up. Police sources said the blast
was caused by an explosive device planted under the 16-inch diameter
pipeline connecting the gas plant with the Pir Koh field. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Militants fired rockets and gun
shots on a check-post of the security forces in the Arand area
of Sibi. The rockets, however, did not hit the target. Sources
said that armed men damaged some machinery being used for construction
of roads in the area. Claiming responsibility for the attack,
a Baloch Liberation Army spokesman said security forces had suffered
Two people were killed in a landmine
explosion in the Pat Feeder area of Dera Bugti district. The victims
were on way to their village on a motorcycle when the bike hit
the landmine when they reached near the Rd-238 area of the Pat
Feeder Canal, killing the two on the spot, police sources said.
A hand-grenade lobbed on children
playing cricket and football in the Ayub Stadium in Quetta, caused
injuries to three boys.
A man was killed and four others
sustained injuries in a landmine explosion in the Mastung district.
According to police sources, employees of the Water and Power
Development Authority were repairing a damaged power pylon in
the Pashkaram area of Mastung when one of them stepped over a
Two FC personnel, Saifur Rehman
and Saifitullah, were shot dead in Quetta.
One person was killed and three
others sustained injuries when a landmine exploded in the Patokh
area of Dera Bugti district.
Just a few yards away, another
man was killed when the camel he was riding stepped on a landmine.
Armed people fired rockets on
some check-posts of the security forces in Dera Bugti. However,
no loss of life was reported.
A spokesman for the BLA, Beebargh
Baloch, claimed responsibility for the killing of FC personnel
in Quetta. He also said that the BLA was behind landmine explosions
in Mastung and Khuzdar. He accused the security forces of arresting
many innocent people during search operations in the Seiah Koh
area of Marri and Dera Bugti.
Unidentified armed men killed
a police constable and injured two others in Quetta. Constable
Amin Atif was shot dead by unidentified persons on the city’s
Joint Road while another policeman, Munir Ahmed, and a civilian,
Abdul Sattar, were injured in the incident.
Two security force personnel were
killed and another sustained injuries in a landmine explosion
in the Dera Bugti district. A paramilitary force vehicle was on
routine patrol in the Thoba Nothani locality of the district when
it hit a landmine.
An explosion near the building
of the Balochistan Intermediate and Secondary Education Board
in the provincial capital Quetta damaged the windowpanes of the
adjacent buildings without causing any causality.
The banned BLA claimed responsibility
for the killing of a policeman in Quetta on April 17, and warned
that it would carry out more such attacks in future. Attacks by
the BLA have reportedly intensified since the new government took
over, despite an offer by Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam
Raisani to resolve differences through dialogue. The BLA has rejected
Three security force personnel
were killed and a civilian was injured in the Hub area. Police
sources said two armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on a FC
vehicle near the Gadani bus stop. "Two soldiers died and
another succumbed to injuries in hospital," police said.
The driver of a bus which was passing through the area at the
time of the firing was injured.
A FC trooper was killed and another
sustained injuries when a landmine exploded in the Sangsella area
of Dera Bugti district.
A check-post of the security forces
was attacked in the Kahan area of Kohlu district. However, the
rockets did not hit the post.
Suspected insurgents blew an 18-inch
diameter gas pipeline near the Loti area suspending gas supply
to the plant in Sui. This gas pipeline was laid between Pirkoh
and Sui and was one of the major lines in the area. The same pipeline
was reportedly blown up three days back in the same area, sources
The Balochistan Government withdrew
all cases, including those of sedition, against detained former
Balochistan Chief Minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal, but Mengal’s
Balochistan National Party (BNP-Mengal) rejected the move, terming
it a "cosmetic measure taken by a powerless provincial government."
The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the
Balochistan University, Dr. Safdar Kiyani, was shot dead by insurgents
in Quetta. According to sources, two people on a motorbike opened
fire on Dr. Kiyani when he came out of his house in the Green
Town area on Sariab road for an evening walk. The BLA has claimed
responsibility for the murder. "He had been working for intelligence
agencies and we had already warned him," the BLA spokesman Beebargh
Baloch told reporters from an unspecified location.
Two soldiers of the Frontier Corps
were injured when their vehicle hit a landmine in the Doli Wad
area of Kohlu district.
Three soldiers were wounded in
three landmine blasts in the Lehri, Sangsella and Karmo Wad areas
of Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts.
Two people were injured when a
bomb exploded under a tractor trolley in the Pat Feeder area of
the Dera Bugti district.
The offices of an intelligence
agency and the executive district officer of the public health
department were damaged in a bomb explosion in the Dear Bugti
Militants blew up a gas pipeline
in the Sui area near Jaffarabad, suspending the gas supply to
various districts in Punjab province. The banned Baloch Republican
Army claimed responsibility for the incident.
Two gas pipelines were blown up,
suspending supplies to several districts in the Punjab province.
A main gas pipeline transporting natural gas from the Sui plant
in Dera Bugti district and a pylon supplying power to the Attock
Cement Factory were damaged, said Sui gas spokesman Muhammad Inayatullah.
However, no loss of life no injuries was reported. The Baloch
Republican Army claimed responsibility for both the explosions.
The railway link between provincial
capital Quetta and the rest of Pakistan was cut off after the
main track was blown up by insurgents in the Sariab area. It was
the second incident of the blowing up of railway track in 24 hours.
According to sources, a four-foot portion of track was blown up
by some people in the Dashat area, some 30km off Quetta, at 2am.
The building of the Kalat post
office was damaged when a bomb exploded near it.
Beebargh Baloch, spokesman for
the banned Baloch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for
blowing up the track and the blast in Kalat.
Two Military Intelligence (MI)
personnel were killed in Khuzdar. A police official said that
Mohammad Yaqoob Lashari and Abdul Hameed were going to a hotel
when unidentified militants on a motorcycle opened fire on them
and sped away. The MI personnel reportedly died on the spot. Police
subsequently raided several places, including hostels of the Khuzdar
Degree College and Engineering University, and detained about
30 suspects for questioning.
Suspected militants killed a police
constable, Mubarak Khan, at a check-post in the Mangochar area
of Kalat. The Baloch Liberation Army’s spokesman Beebargh Baloch
claimed responsibility for killing the two MI personnel in Khuzdar
and the policeman in Kalat.
A policeman, Jumma Khan, was shot
dead by the insurgents in Quetta. The Baloch Liberation Army claimed
responsibility for the attack.
One person was killed and nine
others, including eight security force personnel, were injured
in incidents of hand-grenade attack and firing. Police said unidentified
people opened fire at a sweet mart in the Killi Kalalo area of
Sariab, killing one person and injuring another. Sources said
unidentified people attacked a party of the Balochistan Constabulary
with a hand-grenade on the Sabzal road, injuring seven soldiers.
In another incident, armed people injured one Frontier Corps personnel.
Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza
Gilani said that the military operations in Balochistan have been
stopped. Addressing the Balochistan cabinet in the provincial
capital Quetta, the Prime Minister asked the federal and provincial
Governments to withdraw all cases registered against former Chief
Minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal so that he could be released. "I
asked the military to stop operation in Balochistan until I am
briefed by the new provincial Government on the ground realities
in the province," he said. "It has been decided that
no army action will be carried out in the province until a strategy
is formulated in consultation with representatives of the provincial
Government to deal with the issue of law and order in the province,"
he stated. The Prime Minister also reportedly ordered the provincial
Governments to use all available resources to trace the ‘missing
people’ of Balochistan and other provinces.
Three bomb blasts were reported
from Quetta. Police said two explosions occurred in the early
hours at two nearby streets in the Huda area. The bombs had been
planted in dustbins close to houses at the Sheikh Omar road and
the Ahmed Shah Street. Another explosion occurred in the afternoon
close to the house of one Nizamuddin Kakar in the Balochi Street
area. However, no one was injured in the explosions.
Two suspected militants, Rustam
Bugti and Abdul Rehman Bugti, were killed and four others sustained
injuries in an encounter with the security forces in the Sangsilla
area of Dera Bugti district. Sources said the encounter occurred
when some militants attacked the Jagani check-post.
The federal Government has decided
to withdraw the Frontier Corps (FC) from Gwadar and Quetta and
hand over the responsibility of managing the law and order to
police in the two cities. APP reported that FC sources
said more than 600 FC troops had been withdrawn from 28 check-posts
in the provincial capital Quetta, adding that about the same number
of troops had also been recalled from the Gwadar district.
A pro-government elder of the
Bugti tribe and his nephew were killed and three other people
were injured in a bomb blast in Dera Allahyar. Police said Wadera
Bangul Khan Bugti was killed on the spot and his nephew Changez
died in the Dera Allahyar Civil Hospital. The Baloch Republican
Army claimed responsibility of the attack. According to police
sources, Bangul Khan was a commander of the slain nationalist
leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, but he joined hands with the Government
after Nawab Bugti was assassinated on August 26, 2006.
Two people were injured when their
vehicle hit a landmine in Safri Pat area of Sui sub-division.
Two policemen and a civilian were
shot dead in Quetta, triggering a reaction by local businessmen,
who shut down their businesses in protest against the killings.
Suspected insurgents shot dead two policemen, Noor Ahmed Shahwani
and Muhammad Nasir, and passerby Abdul Karim on Quetta’s Sariab
Road. The Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility for
Gas supply to the Punjab province
was temporarily suspended after a blast damaged a 16-inch gas
pipeline in the Sui area. The blast completely damaged a three-feet-long
portion of the pipeline.
A bomb exploded at a restaurant
in Quetta, injuring at least 19 persons. A handmade bomb was detonated
at the Al-Saeed Hotel on Smungali Road in Quetta’s Jinnah Town,
said Capital City Police Officer Mohammad Akbar.
The Government freed the Balochistan
National Party chief and former Chief Minister, Sardar Akhtar
Mengal, after holding him in custody for one-and-a-half years
over charges of abducting agents of an intelligence agency. He
told reporters after his release that he had not struck any deal
with the Government for his freedom, adding that he would continue
the struggle for the rights of the Baloch. Mengal was arrested
in November 2006 and was formally charged with abducting and holding
two agents of the Intelligence Bureau in Karachi. He has denied
The SFs killed two militants,
identified as Aqil and Naseer Khan, after an exchange of fire
in the Lanjho Saghari area of Dera Bugti.
Security forces launched a search
operation in some areas of the Dera Bugti district and arrested
eight suspected militants. They also seized two kilograms of explosives
placed under a bridge linking Sui with Pat Feeder.
Police defused two landmines planted
in the Janoberi area of Sui sub-division.
A policeman was killed and two
others sustained injuries in an attack by the insurgents in Quetta.
The BLA claimed responsibility for the killing. It also reportedly
warned the people of Balochistan to quit working for law-enforcement
agencies or "the BLA will kill them". BLA spokesman Bibarg Baloch
said that Baloch people should quit their jobs in the army, Frontier
Corps and police, adding that people should also refrain from
seeking jobs in the law-enforcement agencies. He also asked the
people not to stand near police or security check-posts, to avoid
collateral damage that might result because of the BLA’s plans
to target security forces. "Regular attacks will take place on
government installations and policemen. The BLA feels sorry for
innocent people who are often killed in attacks on security forces,"
Two Bugti tribesmen, Noora Khan
Bugti and Gora Khan Bugti, were killed when a landmine exploded
near Dera Bugti.
Rockets were fired from mountains
on a Frontier Corps checkpoint in the Mawand area of Kohlu district.
The attack is reported to have triggered a heavy exchange of fire
between security force personnel and the insurgents. Official
sources did not report any casualty, but a spokesman for the outlawed
BLA, Beebargh Baloch, claimed that security forces had suffered
heavy losses in the rocket attack. He said some trucks parked
in a camp had been destroyed and several soldiers were either
killed or injured.
Gas supply to Pir Koh plant from
several wells was suspended after a bomb blast.
A militant group called the Ghazi
Abdul Rashid Shaheed Brigade (GARSB) has threatened video shops
owners in Quetta to quit their business or "face suicide
attacks." "All music centre owners, cable operators
and cinema owners should immediately quit their businesses and
seek Allah’s forgiveness otherwise such individuals will be killed
and suicide attacks will be carried out against them," reads
a recent warning from the GARSB. The group is named after Islamabad’s
Red Mosque’s slain prayer leader Ghazi Abdul Rashid.
An anti-terrorism court in Quetta
sentenced five accused persons to life imprisonment for their
involvement in a suicide attack on an Ashura procession. At least
44 people were killed and 154 were injured when two suicide bombers
blew themselves up in the Liaquat Bazaar on March 2, 2004. The
five persons were identified as Daud Badani, Shaukat Ali, Habibullah,
Haider Khan and Usman Saifullah.
Several rockets were fired on
a cement factory in the industrial town of Hub. Deputy Superintendent
of Police Abdullah Afridi said that no one was injured in the
Insurgents attacked a security
check-post in the Kahan area of Kohlu district. However, no loss
of life or injuries was reported. A spokesman for the Baloch Liberation
Army, Beebargh Baloch, claimed responsibility for the attack.
An explosion was reported from
the Mastung town, some 50km away from the provincial capital Quetta.
However, there was no loss of life or injuries.
Suspected insurgents killed an
intelligence official in the Hub industrial area. "A junior
official of military intelligence was shot dead by unknown gunmen
late Sunday," said police official Faizullah Korejo.
A subedar of the Military Intelligence
was shot dead by suspected insurgents in the Hub town.
Two civilians were injured in
a bomb blast in the Naal sub-division of Khuzdar district. Sakhi
Dost and Muhammad Ismail were working in a mine when a bomb planted
Brahmdagh Khan Bugti, a leader
of the insurgents, has rejected the Government’s offer for talks,
saying that the Government’s claims of providing relief to Balochistan
were designed to secure an "honourable retreat for the defeated
forces". Talking to the channel from an undisclosed location,
the grandson of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti
claimed that 10,000 Bugti tribesmen were living a miserable life
in Afghanistan because of the military operations in Balochistan.
He said the resistance against the military operation was increasing.
He also said the Baloch people would only be pacified by a full
withdrawal of the military. He denied receiving any support from
India or Afghanistan to fuel his movement.
Five people travelling in a van
on the RCD Highway were injured when the District Police Officer
of Lasbela and other police officers came under fire in the Hub
town. The District Police Officer, Habibullah Sherani, and other
police officers were attacked when they were inspecting the site
where an intelligence official was shot dead a day earlier. There
were unconfirmed reports that two of the injured had died.
A civilian was killed and three
others sustained injuries in an attack in the industrial town
of Hub. "Armed men on a motorcycle hurled a grenade on a truck
supplying water to some factories… One man on the truck was killed
and three other people received injuries," said unnamed sources.
A single bench of the Balochistan
High Court headed by Chief Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai has
acquitted the BNP-M Chief Sardar Akhtar Jan Mengal and General-Secretary
Habib Jalib in treason cases and ordered officials concerned to
quash the First Information Reports and exonerate them of the
charges. The bench acquitted the BNP-M chief in three treason
cases and its secretary general in two treason cases. During the
hearing, counsel-cum-applicant Habib Jalib advocate contended
that there was no sufficient evidence to connect him and his client
Sardar Akhtar Mengal with commission of the alleged offences.
Mir Shahzain Bugti, the grandson
of Nawab Akbar Bugti, was released in Bolan district after the
Balochistan Government withdrew all cases against him. He was
released as part of the provincial Government’s efforts to release
all political and tribal prisoners in order to reconcile with
the alienated Baloch political parties and tribesmen. Shahzain
disappeared in May 2007 and it was announced in June that he had
Motorcycle borne gunmen shot dead
two persons, identified as Mohammad Israr and Mohammad Iqbal,
near a shop near the Railway Girls High School in Quetta. "It
is a target killing," a senior police officer said.
In another incident in the railway
guard colony in Quetta, a soldier and a civilian were shot dead.
Four members of a family were
injured in a grenade attack on a house on the Kalat Street.
Clashes erupted between the security
forces and militants in Dera Bugti and rockets were fired in Kohlu
district. The militants had earlier attacked the same area on
A man claiming to be the spokesman
for the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army said his organisation
had carried out the attacks on security forces in the Karmo Wadh,
Sehagri and Seha Aap areas in Kohlu. Identifying himself as Beebarg
Baloch, he claimed that at least six soldiers had been killed
and several others injured in the attacks.
Six youths were shot dead and
four others sustained injuries in an ambush by the insurgents
on the Samungli Road in Quetta. A spokesman for the BLA claimed
responsibility for the attack. A majority of the murdered boys
belonged to Quetta’s ethnic Hazara minority. The BLA claimed that
those killed were spying for the Military Intelligence and the
Two women were killed and another
woman and a constable were wounded in a landmine explosion in
the Kohlu district.
The chief organiser of the Baloch
Republican Party (BRP), Nawabzada Bramdagh Bugti, has refused
to hold talks with the Government within the framework of the
federation. He said that resistance movement was aimed at protecting
the land and resources of the Baloch people. He extended "100
percent support" to all the militant groups operating in Balochistan,
saying the only way forward for the Baloch was to stop ‘begging’
for provincial autonomy and jobs from the central Government.
The BRP, formally a faction of the Jamhoori Watan Party, was launched
recently with a new flag and manifesto.
The BNP refused to participate
in the Government-sponsored talks aimed to establish peace in
the Balochistan province, saying that Islamabad should first halt
the ongoing military operation. "We will not participate in the
talks until the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Government stops
the military operation in the mountains of Balochistan, frees
all the political prisoners and withdraws [the army] from the
province," Sardar Akhtar Mengal, president of the BNP, told a
news conference in Karachi. Mengal alleged that thousands of people
had been displaced because of the military crackdown in several
districts of Balochistan, particularly Dera Bugti and Kohlu. Talks
made no sense until the displaced people were brought back to
their homes, he said.
Five Afghan children were killed
and an equal number of them sustained injuries in an explosion
in a house on the Sariab Road in Quetta. The explosion occurred
in the house of an Afghan scrap dealer when the children were
reportedly attempting to dismantle a mortar shell.
During another incident in Quetta,
Police foiled an attempt to blow up the offices of the Inspector
General of Prisons by defusing a bomb planted near the department
on Samungli road.
A rocket fired by militants killed
a newly wed couple in Dera Bugti in Balochistan, officials said.
According to reports, the rocket hit the roof of the house where
the victims, identified as Amna and Dost Muhammad were sleeping.
Leader of the House in the Senate
Raza Rabbani tendered an apology on behalf of the ruling coalition
for military operations carried out in Balochistan in different
tenures. "Such operations were launched in the name of federation,
but they actually weakened it," he said after Balochistan
National Party-Mengal (BNP-Mengal) Senator Sanaullah Baloch submitted
his resignation to the Upper House Chairman Mohammadmian Soomro.
Rabbani said the government would not allow demographic change
in the provinces, and said the proposal denying the right to vote
in Balochistan to those who settled in the province from elsewhere
was being considered. The PML-Q Mushahid Hussain said, "We
as a nation should apologise to the Baloch." Hussain, who
headed a subcommittee on Balochistan during the previous government,
said his party had taken the initiative with a "positive
mindset", and that it made efforts to reconcile with the
people of Balochistan. "But there was another line in the
system that favoured confrontation. Hawks within the establishment
sabotaged our efforts," he said, but without clarifying to
which hawkish segment he referred. He further added that the PML-Q
would support the government for settling all Balochistan issues
through talks. He said the use of military was not the solution
to province’s problems.
Unidentified militants blew up
a gas pipeline near the Pir Koh area of Balochistan province,
suspending gas supply to several areas of the province. According
to reports, security forces have cordoned off the area after the
One person was injured after accidentally
stepping on a landmine planted in the fields near Goth Raza Khan
in the Sohbatpur Police station precinct of Balochistan.
Unidentified militants abducted
three officials of the Water and Power Development Authority along
with their vehicle from the Saigai area in the Qila Abdullah district
in the Balochistan province. The officials include Sub Division
Officer Din Gul and Line Superintendent Qasim Kakar were on their
routine duty in the area.
Four persons, including two policemen,
sustained injuries as they accidentally hit a landmine planted
at a roadside near Goth Raza Muhammad Khosa in the Dera Murad
Jamali area of Balochistan. According to local Police, Constables
Imam Din and Zakir Hussain along with their friends Javed and
Wali Jan, who were walking to their village Goth Raza Khan, got
injured in a landmine blast.
Nawab Khair Baksh Marri has said
he would be willing to represent only the BLA, and not other Baloch
forces, in talks with the Government. But he added that if the
BLA asked him to talk to Islamabad, as an elder of the Baloch
nation, he would present his terms and conditions: the Punjabis
must vacate Balochistan. "The other issues are all domestic and
could be discussed later on ... I can co-exist with a pig but
not with a Punjabi," he said at his Karachi residence. He said
he was "pleased" with the BLA and did not regard Mengal’s BNP
as a nationalist force as it did not factor in the Baloch of Iran
and Afghanistan. "The BNP does not have a majority on the mountains.
God knows, it is not the BNP giving arms, shoes, support and money
to those fighting in the mountains," Marri said.
Six unidentified militants attacked
the Sarwar Shaheed police post with rockets and light arms in
the RD 238 area of Jaffarabad district. However, no casualties
The BLA claimed responsibility
for the deaths of seven army personnel and one police inspector
in two separate incidents of violence in the Kohlu and Khuzdar
Two security guards, Muhammad
Yousaf and Mahiuddin, were killed and a passer-by critically injured
when unidentified militants opened fire at a Frontier Works Organisation
camp in the Chethar Camp at Nasirabad of Dera Murad Jamali district.
A suspected militant, identified
as Toru Khan, was killed and four security force personnel and
a woman were injured during an exchange fire in the Tilli area
of Sibi district.
Unidentified persons damaged the
Sui-Och gas pipeline in the Chathar area of Dera Murad Jamali
(headquarters of Nasirabad district) affecting gas supply to the
Och power plant. The men had planted explosives under the pipeline
supplying gas from the Sui town of Dera Bugti to the Och power
plant in Nasirabad district, damaging a three feet segment of
the 26-inch-diameter pipeline.
Police seized 650 kilograms of
high explosives from a vehicle in the Killi Darwishabad area of
provincial capital Quetta after a clash with suspected militants.
An employee of the Frontier Works
Organisation (FWO), identified as Fida Hussain, was killed in
a landmine explosion in a village of Nasirabad district. According
to police sources, an FWO vehicle was passing through the Chatter
village near Dera Murad Jamali when it hit the landmine.
Power supply to Mastung, Kalat
and Quetta was suspended after a pylon of the 132-KV Quetta-Mastung
transmission line in the Mianghundi area was blown up by the insurgents.
However, no loss of life or injury was reported.
A paramilitary soldier was killed
and another injured in attacks on check-posts and a police station
in Balochistan. Sources said that the soldier of the Frontier
Corps was killed when some people attacked a check-post in the
Lehri area of Sibi district with rockets and heavy weapons.
A check-post in Kohlu also came
under rocket attack. The rockets, however, exploded in an open
A man lobbed a hand-grenade on
the City Police station in a busy shopping area of provincial
capital Quetta. The grenade exploded inside the police station,
injuring a sub-inspector.
Four local workers assisting a
foreign media team were injured when unidentified assailants opened
fire on them in the Kanak area of Mastung district, the hometown
of Balochistan chief minister, some 40-kilometres from Quetta.
A bomb fixed on a motorcycle exploded
outside a bank in Quetta, killing a five-year-old girl and injuring
12 others, including five policemen.
A blast damaged the boundary wall
of a school in Kohlu.
Two electricity towers were destroyed
in the Kohlu and Rakhni areas.
A gas pipeline was blown up in
the Dera Bugti area. A large section of the pipeline was destroyed,
suspending the gas supply to the plant.
A head constable, Ahmed Khan,
was shot dead by suspected insurgents on the Karakh Road in Khuzdar.
A spokesman for the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army, who identified
himself as Bebargh Baloch, claimed responsibility for the killing.
He also claimed that his organisation had killed three security
force personnel in Kohlu. However, there was no official confirmation.
In the provincial capital Quetta,
a civilian, identified as Ghulam Mustafa Shah, was killed and
two other persons were injured.
Unidentified men killed the district
president of the Shia group Tehreek-e-Jaferia Pakistan (TJP) and
injured a minor boy. President of the TJP unit in Nasirabad district,
Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, was killed at the Sariab Road in the
provincial capital Quetta.
A young girl was killed and 13
persons, including five policemen, sustained injuries in a bomb
blast at Minan Chowk in Quetta.
Unidentified assailants shot dead
a Punjabi-speaking Shia lawyer, Ghulam Mustafa Qureshi, on the
Jan Muhammad Road in Quetta. Amanullah Baloch, newly elected president
of the Balochistan Bar Association said, "Mustafa was a Punjabi
as well as a member of the Shia community. Thus, it is premature
to say who could have killed him, but we hope that the government
will take the culprits to task."
Two security force personnel
were injured when a landmine exploded in the Suhbatpur area of
Jaffarabad district. According to the police, Frontier Corps personnel
were patrolling the area when the landmine exploded damaging their
In an incident in Dera Bugti,
unidentified gunmen attacked a security guard of Mir Ahmedan Bugti,
a member of the National Assembly.
In the provincial capital Quetta,
police arrested two alleged militants involved in firing on police
teams. Two pistols were seized from their possession.
Suspected insurgents fired rockets at the Karachi-bound
Bolan Express near the Dera Murad Jamali area of Balochistan,
damaging its three bogies. However, all the passengers remained
safe during the incident.
Militants abandoned a hijacked
bus and freed all 22 passengers close to the Nag area in the Washak
district. Dawn News reported that these passengers had
been abducted in the limits of Nag Police Station when they were
traveling in a Khuzdar-bound passenger coach from Panjgur.
The Frontier Corps seized four
kilograms of explosives, 52 rounds of anti-aircraft gun, eight
hand grenades, four rounds of anti-tank gun, seven rockets of
RPG-7, 15 shells of 82mm mortar, eight rounds of 20mm gun and
five landmines during a raid in the Gulistan area of Qila Abdullah
Gas supply to the Pirkoh gas
purification plant was suspended after suspected insurgents blew
up a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in the Dasht-e-Goran area of
Dera Bugti district. The blast destroyed three feet of the pipeline,
Daily Times reported. However, no loss of life or injuries
A trooper, Khalil Ahmed, was killed
when suspected insurgents fired a rocket at a check-post in Dera
Gas supply to the Pirkoh purification
plant was suspended after insurgents blew up an 18-inch diameter
gas pipeline in Sui.
A police constable was killed
and 12 persons, including five paramilitary soldiers, were injured
when a bomb planted on a bicycle exploded in Mastung. Sources
said that the bicycle had been parked near a Frontier Corps vehicle
outside the town’s main mosque. "Around 1kg of explosive
substance was used in the act," the District Police Officer
Malik Arshad Iqbal said, adding that three vehicles were destroyed
and several shops were damaged.
A gas pipeline was blown up in
the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti district. Gas supply was suspended
to the plant from the Pir Koh gas filed after the incident. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The Balochistan Frontier Corps
(FC) seized a large cache of drugs and weapons from a vehicle
in the Nokandi district. A press release said the FC personnel
seized 600 kilograms of opium, a 7 MM rifle, a rocket launcher,
two heavy machineguns with 600 rounds of ammunition, six RPG-7
fuses and bombs, an anti-tank mine and five mortars from the vehicle.
Three security force personnel
were injured when a road-side bomb blew up an army vehicle in
the Kahan area of Kohlu district. Police sources said that some
people had planted the bomb on the Kahan-Tartani road and blew
it up with a remote control when a vehicle carrying army personnel
was in the area. The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility
for the blast. Calling from an unspecified location, a BLA spokesman
Beebargh Baloch told journalists that security forces had suffered
A security force personnel was
killed while 10 militants were shot dead in retaliatory fire during
a clash in the Och area of Sui. A team of the Frontier Constabulary
(FC) was patrolling the area when unidentified militants attacked
their vehicle, killing one FC trooper. The FC personnel returned
fire, killing 10 militants.
Two persons were killed and one
injured in a landmine explosion near the Och gas fields. According
to the police, two security officials were on routine patrolling
near the Och gas fields when one of them stepped over a landmine
that exploded, killing bystander Muhammad Akbar and injuring two
others. One of the injured persons subsequently died while he
was being taken to a hospital.
Approximately 43 persons, including
33 militants, nine Frontier Corps (FC) soldiers and a Pakistan
Petroleum Limited engineer, were killed and many injured during
clashes between the security forces and militants in the Toba
Sandrani area of Dera Bugti district. The clashes that started
on July 19 continued the next day also in the Uch, Shah Zain and
other areas. According to FC sources, nine injured militants were
arrested and a large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered
from their possession. The FC personnel have also reportedly arrested
over two dozen armed men and recovered ammunition from their possession.
The situation in Sui and Dera Bugti area is reported to have worsened
and security has been put on high alert in Naseerabad, Jaffarabad
and Jhal Magsi also following the military operations.
Security forces claimed to have
destroyed two camps from where the militants were launching attacks
on gas installations and security force personnel. "The operation
has been continuing for two days against militants involved in
attacks on gas installations in the Uch area," unnamed official
The Baloch Republican Army (BRA)
spokesman Sarbaz Baloch accused the security forces of killing
innocent tribesmen. He told journalists that 24 tribesmen had
been killed and many others injured. He said the BRA militants
had attacked the troops on July 19 in the Uch area, inflicting
Two main power supply pylons were
blown off in the Nasazai area of Kohlu district. The bombs badly
damaged the 132 kV Kahan-Kohlu transmission line. Electricity
supply was consequently suspended to the Kohlu district and surrounding
In Kohlu district, a bomb planted
by suspected insurgents next to the wall of an under-construction
cantonment exploded. However, no loss of life or injuries was
Six more persons, including two
security officials, were killed in Sui on the third day of clashes
in the Toba Sandrwani and Uch areas. According to reports, the
military operation is continuing in the province and armoured
Personnel Carriers, helicopters and heavy weapons were being used.
Security forces have also destroyed two camps of the insurgents
while borders of Jaffarabad, Naseerabad and Sui have been completely
sealed off. 24 persons have also been arrested and a large cache
of explosives was recovered from their possession.
Two security force personnel sustained
injuries when vehicle hit a landmine in the Dasht-e-Goran area
of Dera Bugti district.
In the Jaffarabad district, seven
persons, including a trooper, were wounded as insurgents targeted
a security forces’ vehicle with a remote-controlled bomb in the
Daily Times reported that
the security forces have expanded their operations to 20 other
parts of the Dera Bugti district while fierce clashes between
security forces and insurgents were also reported from the Naseerabad
district. Security forces began a door-to-door search for the
insurgents in the Uch, Sajan Wadh, Shai Darbar, Rustum Darbar,
Thoba Pian, Shazin, Gazi, Toor, Lakha Mari, Jodair and Zain Koh
areas of Dera Bugti on the third day of the operation.
Police claimed to have foiled
an attempt to carry out a series of car bomb blasts in Quetta
and arrested five persons, including Tajiks from Afghanistan’s
Kandahar province. Apart from defusing the explosives packed in
the cars, Police also seized 13 live detonators and 10 mobile
phones connected with the detonators.
Security force personnel arrested
a suspected Taliban commander from a house in the Kharotabad area
of Quetta. Sources told Dawn that the arrested commander,
Abdul Rahim, belonged to Hilmand province of Afghanistan and had
come to Quetta a few days ago.
Three militants were killed and
four SF personnel were injured in a clash in the Nodhan Bugti
village of Jaffarabad district. The clash occurred during an operation
launched by the SFs on the basis of reports about presence of
militants in the village.
In Sui, three SF personnel were
injured when their vehicle was blown up in the Mohammadi Colony.
The Saddar police station in the
Tali Mat area was damaged by a rocket attack.
A trooper sustained injuries in
an attack on a check-post on the Sui-Kashmore road.
Gas supply to the Sui plant from
Pir Koh field was suspended after a pipeline was blown up on July
21-night. "A large portion of the 20-inch pipeline was destroyed,"
Six SF personnel were killed in
an encounter with the insurgents in the Uch area of Dera Bugti
district. A Balochistan Frontier Corps (FC) spokesman Lt Col Shahid
Mahmood said the SFs pursued the insurgents who opened fire at
the FC party into the mountains located some 16 kilometers away
from the Uch power plant where they discovered two temporary hideouts
of the insurgents. At least 50 insurgents, equipped with heavy
weapons, were holed up there. In response to the SFs bid to arrest
them, they opened fire, which killed six soldiers and injured
nine others. The security forces retaliated and killed and injured
several militants. The FC spokesman said he was unaware of the
exact number of the militants’ causalities as they took the bodies
of their dead and injured along with them before escaping. A large
cache of heavy arms and ammunition, including antitank and antipersonnel
mines, rockets, rocket launchers, detonators, found in the camps
The chief engineer of a construction
company was shot dead in Khuzdar. Police said Abdul Rafiq Soomro
was standing in a shop near the old bus terminal when the motorcycle
borne assailants opened fire on him.
The Baloch Liberation Army (BLA)
claimed to have killed a security official in Khuzdar. BLA spokesman
Beebargh Baloch warned that more attacks would be carried out
in retaliation for the Dera Bugti operation.
Police arrested 10 alleged militants
from the Kashmirabad area of provincial capital Quetta and recovered
two kilograms of explosive materials from their possession.
A bomb blast occurred outside
the Nawab Nauroz Stadium in Mastung but caused no casualties.
The blast occurred at a time when Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab
Aslam Raisani and six other cabinet ministers were watching a
football match inside the stadium. Police officials confirmed
that the chief minister and others remained unhurt and the blast
damaged only a portion of a wall of the stadium.
A Balochistan Frontier Constabulary
(FC) vehicle was damaged when a remote-controlled bomb planted
on the roadside exploded in the Khuzdar town. However, no casualty
was reported. FC troops subsequently conducted a search operation
in the area and detained 15 suspects for interrogation.
The BLA claimed responsibility
for a bomb blast at a football stadium in Mastung on July 24.
BLA spokesman Bibarg Baloch told Daily Times that the blast
was meant to "request" Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam
Raisani, who was watching a football match, to review his performance.
The bomb blast occurred outside the Noroz Khan Football Stadium
in Mastung district, creating panic and damaging the boundary
wall of the stadium. No one was, however, hurt in the blast. The
BLA spokesman said that the bomb was deliberately planted outside
the stadium, since it was not meant to attack the chief minister
but to warn him. He said, "The purpose of the blast was to request
Raisani not to side with the Pakistani establishment. While he
is serving as the chief minister of the province, a new phase
of military operation has been launched in Balochistan."
Twelve militants and three Frontier
Constabulary (FC) men were killed in a clash near Loti Gas Field
in the Dera Bugti district. FC Inspector General Maj Gen Saleem
Nawaz said that the militants fired long-range weapons on the
FC troops deployed in Toba Nokhani. The troops returned fire killing
12 militants. He said that three FC men who were wounded later
succumbed to the injuries.
One security official, identified
as Raheemullah, was killed and another, Fayyaz Ahmed, injured
when their vehicle was blown up in a remote-controlled explosion
in the Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti.
A police constable, Khalid Mehmood,
was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Quetta’s Masjid Road.
A spokesman for the Balochistan Republican Army (BRA) claimed
responsibility for the attack. The group also claimed responsibility
for the killing of four security officials in an attack on a security
officials’ camp in Kohlu Kahan.
An electricity tower was blown
up in Zahri town. The explosion suspended electricity supply to
the town and its peripheries
A top leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
(LeJ) was arrested from Quetta for his alleged involvement in
several acts of sectarian terrorism. Shafiq-ur-Rehman was involved
in suicide bombings on a mosque in 2003 and on an Ashura procession
in 2004. The two attacks left over 100 people dead and about 180
injured, Capital City Police Officer Mohammad Akbar told a press
Suspected insurgents killed a
traffic policeman and injured another in the provincial capital
Quetta. Though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack,
the incident is reportedly part of the ongoing series of target
killings of policemen by the Baloch nationalists. So far, around
fifty personnel from the police and other security agencies have
been killed in such attacks in Balochistan.
A main pipeline supplying gas
to the Pir Koh plant from the Loti gas field was blown up. The
Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the incident.
SFs arrested 10 militants after
an exchange of fire in parts of the Dera Bugti district.
Unidentified militants opened
fire with automatic weapons at a check-post in Ghori Sangsila
in the Dera Bugti district.
Police seized a huge cache of
explosives from a house in Dera Murad Jamali. A deputy superintendent
of police told APP that a police party raided a house and
seized more than 100 kilograms of explosives and instruments used
for manufacturing remote-control bombs.
Police defused two landmines in
Dera Murad Jamali.
In Quetta, police recovered a
grenade placed outside a beauty parlour in the Industrial Police
Militants fired three rockets
on a security check-post near Sibi. However, no casualties were
The Baloch Liberation Army claimed
that its men had attacked a camp of the security forces in the
Bhambor area of Kohlu district and killed three soldiers. But
officials denied that any such incident had occurred in the area.
An organisation of Afghan Ulema
(religious scholars) living in the provincial capital Quetta
have rejected a proposal for talks with western diplomats and
pledged to continue their fight against US-led allied forces.
The Quetta-based organisation, Ittehad-i-Ulema of Afghanistan,
said in a statement that talks could be held only after the US
withdrew its troops and paid compensation to Afghans for the war
Unidentified men blew up a 16-inch
gas pipeline in the Pirkoh district. However, no loss of life
or injuries was reported. The explosion, however, suspended gas
supply to the Pirkoh purification plant.
A Frontier Corps trooper, Ghulam
Abbas, was killed and three others sustained injuries when armed
men on motorcycles opened fire on them near the Askari park area
of Quetta, capital of Balochistan.
Suspected insurgents blew up a
portion of a gas pipeline in the in Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti
district. While no fatality was reported, the supply of gas from
Pirkoh fields to the Sui gas plant was suspended.
Suspected Taliban militants set
ablaze furniture, computers and records of a private girls’ school
in a suburb of Quetta. Officers of the Sariab Police Station said
that four rooms of the Babul Islam Model Public Girls School in
Ghilji colony had been destroyed.
A girl was killed and six persons,
including four children, were injured when five landmines exploded
in the Sur Surang border area. Sources said the children stepped
on a landmine when they were playing in Sur Surang village, killing
a girl on the spot and injuring six other persons, including four
children. Four more explosions, one after one, followed the blast
when locals rushed for rescue operation.
Five civilians were killed and
four others sustained injuries when a remote-controlled device
exploded in the crowded Liaquat Bazaar in Sibi. Sources said the
explosion occurred minutes after a vehicle of the security forces
passed by the incident site. "It was a remote-controlled bomb
fixed to a bike in the main bazaar of Sibi," local police officer
Muhammad Hussain said.
Two persons were injured when
suspected insurgents lobbed a hand grenade at a stall in the Chaman
Pathak area of Quetta, the provincial capital.
An attempt to blow up a gas pipeline
near Abdullah Town in Quetta was reportedly foiled. The explosion
caused minor damage to the pipeline.
In addition, another minor blast
on the outskirts of Quetta caused no casualties, police said.
Unidentified men blew up a gas
pipeline near Sui, suspending gas supply to the Sui purification
plant. According to police, the militants strapped explosives
to the 16-inch pipeline, which damaged a three-foot section. The
Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) spokesman Baz Baloch claimed responsibility
for the blast.
A school was partially damaged
in an explosion in Khuzdar, but no casualties were reported.
An explosion in the Hub area targeted
a convoy of the security forces (SFs) which was escorting workers
of a private cement company to Karachi. "Two passersby were
killed when a bomb in car was detonated by remote control,"
said District Police Officer of Lasbela, Habibullah Sherani. Nine
people were injured in the blast.
A schoolteacher was killed and
four policemen and four other people were injured in a blast at
the Uthal police station. Police said the bomb had been planted
along the wall of the police station building.
A house was attacked with three
hand-grenades in Panjgur town, killing a minor girl and injuring
Another man was killed in Kharan
after some people on a motorcycle opened fire on him near his
house. One person was injured in this attack.
An official of the Federal Investigation
Agency, Liaquat Ali, was shot dead in Turbat.
Explosions were reported from
the Kalat, Mastung and Khuzdar towns.
At least six pro-government Bugti
tribesmen, including a former commander of Nawab Bugti, were killed
and three others were injured when a landmine exploded in the
Loti area of Dera Bugti district. Wadera Fazil Shabani Bugti,
a renegade commander of Nawab Akbar Bugti, was going to Sui after
attending an Independence Day function in Loti gas field along
with eight other tribesmen when the blast occurred.
A head constable of the Balochistan
Constabulary was shot dead on the airport road in the provincial
Four policemen were injured when
unknown men hurled a hand-grenade on their van on Sabzal road.
Two persons were wounded when
a device exploded in a bazaar in the coastal town of Pasni.
The blowing up of the railway
line caused suspension of train between Quetta and Chaman.
Militants blew up two power pylons
in the Fazil Chal area of Kohlu, disrupting power supply to a
The Frontier Corps forts in Kohlu
and Kahan came under rocket attacks but suffered no damage.
Three explosions were reported
from Turbat town, triggering panic among the people. No casualty
Beebargh Baloch, a spokesman for
the Baloch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the rocket
attacks and the killing of the head constable.
Baloch separatist leader Bramdagh
Bugti said in an interview to Daily Times that armed groups
in Balochistan are fighting for its freedom and not for provincial
autonomy. He said he did not want to negotiate with the Government
in Islamabad because it could not control the army. The Baloch
were an oppressed nation, he said, and would welcome "all
types of external support from India and rest of the world".
He said the weapons being given to Pakistan to fight terrorists
and the Taliban were being used against the Baloch. He invited
international media and human rights organisations to witness
what he called violations of the human rights by the army in Balochistan.
Two gas pipelines – one in the
Pir Koh gas field and the other in Lakpass area – were blown up
by the insurgents, suspending supply to the Sui plant and Mastung
In Mastung, a house was damaged
after unidentified men hurled a hand-grenade. However, no loss
of life or injuries was reported in these incidents.
Two separate explosions injured
at least seven persons. According to Dawn News, five civilians
were injured in Kohlu when a bomb planted outside a sweets shop
exploded. In a separate incident, two civilians were injured when
their vehicle hit a landmine near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border
Suspected insurgents shot dead
five Government officials nearly two weeks after they were abducted
in Balochistan, police said on August 19, Daily Times reported.
"The officials were all shot dead. Their bodies were found
dumped in a mountainous area" in the town of Chatthar.
Eight persons were injured in
a hand grenade attack in the Sabzal road area of Quetta. According
to police, the grenade was hurled on people sitting outside their
homes in the Essa Nagri area.
Unidentified militants fired more
than 50 rockets in Mach in the Bolan district, killing six people,
including two children and a woman, and injuring 11 others. Reports
said as many as 50 rockets were fired from the eastern and northern
directions of the town soon after the evening prayers. Three wardens
of the Mach Central Jail - Abdul Waheed, Karam Shah and Darya
Khan – were also killed in the rocket attack. The Baloch Liberation
Army claimed responsibility for the attack and threatened more
Prime Minister’s Adviser on Interior
Affairs Rehman Malik has announced that names of all political
leaders of Balochistan have been removed from the Exit Control
List (ECL) and 35 checkpoints of the Frontier Corps in the province
are being abolished, Dawn reported. Addressing a press conference,
along with Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani and provincial ministers
at the end of a two-day visit to provincial capital Quetta, he
said the steps were being taken as part of the Government’s reconciliation
process. "The name of Nawab Khair Bakhsh Marri’s son Nawabzada
Gazin Marri has been removed from the ECL and a new passport has
been issued to him," the adviser said.
A man was killed when he stepped
on a landmine in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti district.
Five persons were injured in a
bomb blast near a bakery in Surab in the Kalat district. The explosion
destroyed the bakery and partially damaged two other shops.
Insurgents blew up a gas pipeline
near Dera Bugti. According to sources, insurgents attached explosives
to an eight-inch diameter pipeline blowing up the pipeline and
consequently halting gas supply from the Pir Koh Well number 19
to a plant. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The driver of an oil tanker was
killed and his associate wounded when a rocket hit their vehicle
in Quetta. According to police, armed men fired the rocket targeting
the tanker carrying fuel for NATO forces deployed in Afghanistan.
In another incident, the driver
of a bus and his three colleagues were injured when a bomb was
detonated by remote control in the RD-238 area of Jaffarabad.
Four Bugti tribesmen were injured
when a bomb exploded in the Sui area of Dera Bugti district. Sources
said that pro-government tribesman Wadera Taj Mohammad Mundrani
and his two brothers had been targeted by militants. The Baloch
Republican Army (BRA) has claimed responsibility for the blast.
A BRA spokesman accused the tribesmen of spying on militants.
Police arrested 10 suspected Uzbek-Afghan
nationals at Chaman sub-division in Balochistan. They entered
Pakistani territory without legal documents and tried to proceed
to Quetta and other parts of the country.
A hand grenade was lobbed by unidentified
assailants at a Police station in the Khuzdar area of Quetta in
Balochistan. However, no casualty was reported.
The law enforcement agencies claimed
to have detained three suspected terrorists and recovered 1,000
kilogrammes of explosives in a raid on a Baloch settlement in
the outskirts of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
An Anjuman Ittehad-e-Marri spokesman
told that the raid had been carried out by the Pakistan Army rather
than the Frontier Corps, the Anti-Terrorist Force or the local
A pro-government tribal elder,
Paind Khan, a former commander of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, was
injured in a bomb blast in Sui. He was going home when his bike
hit the bomb on a road in the Mohammad Colony area. Sui police
arrested three suspects in connection with the blast.
Three rockets were fired in the
Quetta city, provincial capital of Balochistan. Police said that
the first rocket exploded near the Chaman Housing Society minutes
before Iftar, the second near a food outlet on Smungali road and
the third near an apartment in the same area. No casualty was
reported, but windowpanes of nearby houses and shops were smashed.
Meanwhile, the Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for
the attacks and said these were in response to the operation being
carried out by security forces in the New Kahan area.
In another incident, a gas pipeline
was blown up in the Gwadar area, suspending supply to the town.
A bomb exploded at a madrassa
(seminaries) run by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam in Quetta, provincial
capital of Balochistan, killing five people and injuring 10 more.
Television footage showed a gaping whole in the external wall
around the seminary and one partly demolished adjacent room
Unidentified terrorists riding
a motorcycle fired at a police patrol vehicle in Quetta, killing
one officer and wounding a policeman and a passer-by. It was unclear
if the two incidents were related.
Two persons were wounded after
unidentified assailants lobbed a hand grenade into a house at
Killi Chashma Achozai in Balochistan.
Three Hazara tribesmen were shot
dead at two places in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan.
Armed assailants on a motorcycle gunned down, Yousuf Ali and Mohammad
Alam, who were going to their homes in the Hazara Town. In another
incident, armed assailants on a motorbike killed Zaman Ali in
the Munawar Colony.
A teenaged female student, Shahida,
was killed and 22 others were injured in a suicide blast targeting
a Frontier Corps (FC) convoy in the Quetta cantonment area of
the Balochistan. It was a suicide bomb. A young man aged 22 to
24 years with light beard, set off his explosives near a convoy
of FC vans. 13 FC personnel were injured in the attack. The blast
that occurred in front of the Pakistan Army-maintained Askari
Petrol Pump and Askari Park damaged two FC vans. No group has
claimed responsibility for the blast.
19 militants and two Frontier
Corps (FC) personnel were killed while four FC personnel received
injuries in a gun battle between the security forces (SFs) and
militants in the Dera Bugti district of Balochistan. The channel
quoted official sources as saying the FC personnel were on a patrol
in the Gandoi area in the morning when the militants opened fire
on them. A security official said the fighting continued all day
The channel said the Baloch Liberation
Army (BLA) spokesman Sarbaz Baloch told reporters in Quetta that
militants had killed 17 SF personnel in the fighting. The clash
happened 25 days after a unilateral ceasefire was announced by
three militant outfits – the BLA, the Baloch Republican Army and
the Baloch Liberation Front – on September 1. The channel reported
that the clashes were still continuing and both sides were using
heavy weaponry including machine guns and rocket launchers against
28 people, including 25 militants
and three Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, have been killed in two
days of clashes between the security forces (SFs) and militants
in the Gandoi and Uch areas of Dera Bugti in Balochistan. The
fresh clashes erupted on September 27 and continued on September
28 in which six FC personnel also sustained injuries. The SFs
had destroyed two militant camps during a search operation, and
seized a huge haul of weapons and explosives.
Meanwhile, at least 11 people
were injured in two blasts in the Quetta’s main commercial area.
A homemade explosive device went off in a CD shop in Nitha Singh
Street, injuring several people. According to the shopkeepers,
Lashkar-e-Islam had warned owners of music shops to close their
businesses. The second blast occurred in Dawood Shopping Plaza
where a gas cylinder exploded.
Meanwhile, another bomb exploded
in a shopping centre in Kalat, damaging the doors and windowpanes
of the building.
Four security personnel were killed
and five others injured when their vehicle hit a landmine near
Sui at Dera Bugti region in Balochistan. The vehicle was destroyed
in the explosion.
Police foiled major terror bids
and arrested five alleged militants who were involved in recent
terrorism, target killings and kidnapping for ransoms throughout
Balochistan, including the provincial capital, Quetta, said Deputy
Inspector General (DIG) police (investigation), Rehmatullah Niazi.
He said that police had raided a house in the Main Ghundi area
under jurisdiction of New Sariab police station and arrested the
five alleged terrorists. The DIG said that police recovered suicide
jackets, 20kg of explosives, 182 detonators of bombs, 38 electronic
detonators, Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and mobile phones and
a large quantity of other ammunitions from their possession. The
police also recovered uniforms and badges of police and Balochistan
Security forces (SFs) on October
4 recovered a cache of arms and ammunitions that were concealed
underground by militants in the Darjeen area of Dera Bugti in
Balochistan. The SFs dug out a portion of ground on a tip-off
about hidden arms, and recovered three rocket launchers, five
RPG-VII guns, two landmines, two Kalashnikov rifles, 26-kilogram’s
of explosive material and hundreds of rounds of various weapons.
However, no arrests have been made.
Unidentified assailants lobbed
a hand grenade at the car of Baloch Republican Party leader, Saifullah
Jattak, in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, partially
damaging the vehicle. The Sariab police station house officer
said Jattak was attending a meeting at the Government Degree College
to review preparations for a BRB session when the assailants lobbed
a hand grenade at his car which was parked outside the college.
The SFs arrested four would-be
suicide bombers from the Gul Bahar hotel at Zhob bus stand in
Balochistan. They reportedly entered Zhob through Wana in FATA.
However, Dawn reports that six suspected militants were arrested.
A senior government official said that they were all Pakistani
nationals who had recently come from South Waziristan. The report
added that they might have links with Pakistani Taliban in the
The ATF arrested two suspects
and seized weapons from their possession from the Nasirabad area
of Loralai district in Balochistan. The suspects, identified as
Khail Muhammad and Muhammad Khan, were arrested after an exchange
of fire. Two handguns and 28 bullets were recovered from them.
Four people were killed and six
others injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded in the main
bazaar of Dera Bugti in Balochistan. The bomb was planted to strike
Member of the National Assembly, Ahmadan Bugti, the lawmaker,
escaped unhurt. A vehicle carrying Ahmadan and his son had driven
past the bomb before it exploded. Police told APP that terrorists
wanted to target Ahmadan’s son. No group has so far claimed responsibility
for the attack.
Officials of the Federal Investigation
Agency (FIA) claimed to have arrested nine Uzbek citizens. The
FIA officials raided a house in the Chaman area on a tip-off and
arrested nine Uzbeks. The Uzbek nationals entered Chaman from
Afghanistan and were intending to shift to other areas of Balochistan.
Two journalists, including a photojournalist,
were injured when a bomb planted near a gas geyser went off outside
the offices of local newspapers in Universal Complex in Quetta,
the Provincial capital of Balochistan. Sub-editor Abdul Qayyum
and photojournalist Jamal Tarakai of Daily Awwam sustained minor
injuries in the incident. The explosion also damaged the windows
of nearby buildings, shops and a medical complex.
The Rail link between Quetta and
the rest of the country were cut off after a powerful blast blew
up a track in the Sariab area. The explosive device was planted
at a track near Musa colony. They said a three feet long piece
of the track was damaged.
One person was killed in a remote-controlled
bomb blast in the Dera Bugti town of Balochistan. Feroz Khan Bugti
was on his way home when a remote-controlled device planted by
unidentified militants beside a road exploded, killing him instantly.
The blast also damaged vehicles parked nearby.
A man died when a landmine exploded
in the Dera Murad Jamali area of Balochistan. The sources said
that Haji Abdul Qadir accidentally stepped on a landmine which
went off, killing him instantly.
Unidentified militants fired a
rocket at the camp of Shahzain Bugti, son of the late Nawab Akbar
Bugti, near Jaffarabad in Balochistan. The attackers managed to
escape, after guards of Zain, the grandson of Akbar Bugti, opened
fire on them.
The Balochistan Reconciliatory
Committee declared a three-pronged strategy to resolve the long-standing
issues facing Balochistan. The declared 3R strategy reportedly
involved reconciliation with all political forces, rebuilding
national institutions and reallocating resources. "The government
would pursue the rebuilding of national institutions, reconciliation
with all political forces and reallocation of funds. We would
take the people into confidence before implementing the joint
strategy of parliament to achieve the objectives regarding the
solution to Balochistan’s problems," announced Secretary
of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Reconciliatory Committee on Balochistan
Senator Babar Awan at a press conference.
Bugti leader, Wadera Muhammad
Maluk Bugti, along with his accomplice was gunned down in the
Lajo Safari area of Dera Bugti district in Balochistan. The Dera
Bugti district police officer said that Maluk Bugti was going
to Sui from Dera Bugti town along with Saiful Bugti in his car
when unidentified militants opened fire on the vehicle, killing
both of them on the spot.
A man was killed while another
was injured when a landmine exploded near the residential camp
of a grandson of late Nawab Akbar Bugti in Jaffarabad district
of Balochistan. The landmine planted on the farmland of Shahzain
Bugti went off when the two men stepped on it, police said, adding
the dead man was identified as Ghaus Bakhsh while the injured
as Yar Ali.
Murtaza Marri, an information
officer from the Balochistan Directorate of Public Relations,
and his father Abdullah Marri, a senior banker, were shot dead
by suspected militants at Khatm-e-Nabuwat chowk in Quetta.
A man was killed and five others
were injured when a bomb exploded in the Sui town. "The bomb
attached to a motorcycle parked near a restaurant in the main
bazaar was detonated with a remote control," Dera Bugti District
Police Officer Najam Tareen told Dawn. According to AFP,
the Baloch Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the bombing.
A man was killed when a landmine
exploded in the Umar Khan Bugti village of Jaffarabad district.
People fired a rocket on the Nawabzada
Shahzain Bugti village near Dera Allahyar. The rocket, however,
exploded in an open area.
The Balochistan Republican Army
(BRA) claimed responsibility for killing a man and his son in
the Dera Bugti district on the charges of spying. BRA spokesman
Sarbaz Baloch said Mohammad Ramzan and his son Din Mohammad were
killed in a landmine blast in the Saddar police area in Dera Bugti.
Three Afghan nationals of Tajik
tribe were killed by unidentified assailants in the Sariab area
of Quetta. According to police, the slain persons were identified
as Gul Khan, his brother Mohammad Manzoor and Mohammad Hussain.
The Balochistan Assembly passed
a unanimous resolution condemning the attacks by NATO and United
States forces inside Pakistani territory. Earlier, the House debated
NATO strikes on civilian population in the tribal areas.
The Frontier Corps said that it
killed one terrorist and injured three others in the Awaran district
after they opened fire on a convoy of the visiting commandant
of the Kalat Scouts. The outlawed BLA has claimed responsibility
for the attempted ambush, and a former chairman of the Baloch
Students’ Organization (BSO) has been named in a case registered
by police. The BLA is reported to have claimed responsibility
for the attack. Spokesman Bibarg Baloch told that the Pakistan
Army had launched a new search operation in the Mand and Mashky
areas, which had resulted in the arrest of several ‘innocent people’.
One person was injured when a
bomb exploded near the Quetta railway station.
A bridge was damaged in a bomb
blast in Khuzdar. Sources said that a road bridge at Quetta Karachi
highway was partially damaged in an explosion that occurred under
the bridge in Khuzdar.
The house of a security official
was attacked with a hand grenade in the industrial town of Hub.
However, the grenade exploded in the courtyard of the house damaging
the doors and windows and no casualty was reported.
Suspected insurgents attacked
the Police Training College in Sariab area with rockets and bullets.
According to sources, insurgents fired at least five rockets from
the nearby mountains. One rocket exploded in the play ground of
the college while the others exploded in the abandoned place causing
no damage. After firing rockets, the armed men also attacked the
main gate of the college using automatic weapons. Police personnel
deployed at the gate retaliated and returned fire. However, no
loss of life or injuries was reported.
The Baloch Liberation Army has
claimed the responsibility for the railway station bomb blast
and grenade attack in Hub.
The BLA claimed responsibility
for the killing of a civilian and injuries to two others in Quetta
and Khuzdar, saying the victims were ‘spying’ against Baloch interests.
Unidentified motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire killing
Mohammad Ayub in the outskirts of capital Quetta. An official
of the Balochistan High Court Malik Aftab, was wounded when unidentified
persons shot him in Shahbaz Town. In another incident on Brewery
Road in Quetta, motorcyclists opened fire on another civilian,
Ali Raza, injuring him. "We are still in a state of ceasefire.
We had already said that spies working for intelligence agencies
would not be spared. If we end the ceasefire, we will announce
such a decision formally in the media," said a BLA spokesman.
A bomb explosion occurred in Quetta
city while rockets were fired at a check post of Frontier Corps
in Loti gas field area of Dera Bugti. However, no casualty was
The Baloch nationalist leader
Mir Abdul Nabi Bangulzai was released from the Quetta district
jail. Mir Bangulzai, a close aide of veteran Baloch leader Nawab
Khair Bakhsh Marri, was arrested in September 2000 in the Justice
Nawaz Marri case. The provincial Government has withdrawn all
cases against Mir Bangulzai as part of a reconciliation process
of the PPP government. Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, grandson of Nawab
Akbar Bugti, former chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal and several
activists of nationalist parties were released earlier after cases
against them were withdrawn. The provincial Government has also
ped eight cases against Nawab Marri and his sons.
A police constable and a man were
shot dead in the Dashat area, some 20 kilometers from capital
Quetta, on the Quetta-Sibi road. Police said motorcycle borne
gunmen opened fire on Constable Ghulam Hazrat and Allama Hasan
Zakri when their van pulled up at a petrol station. They died
on the spot. Zakri was a Pesh Imam (prayer leader) at the Punjabi
Imambargah in Quetta.
Unidentified gunmen men killed
a Government contractor in Khuzdar.
A man injured in a hand-grenade
attack in the coal mine town of Mach late on November 20-night
died in a hospital.
One militant was killed and three
SF personnel were injured in a shootout between the SFs and militants
in the Dasht-e-Goran area of Dera Bugti. The Taliban ambushed
a SF’s patrol which was on routine duty in the area. The SF personnel
retaliated and killed a militant and also recovered light arms
and ammunition from a militants’ hideout after the attack.
SFs killed 10 militants and arrested
17 others in the Dera Bugti area. The SFs were carrying out search
operations in the Neal and Zain Koh areas of Dera Bugti when militants
ambushed them. The troops seized heavy arms, rockets, hand grenades,
light machineguns, mortar shells and landmines from the area during
The Baloch Republican Army’s spokesman
Sarbaz Baloch claimed that SFs had killed innocent people working
in fields. He told the media on satellite phone that the troops
had also used helicopters.
At least seven persons, including
a female police constable, were injured in two separate bomb blasts
in the Dera Murad Jamali and Dera Bugti districts. Six people
were injured in Dera Murad Jamali when a bomb that had been fixed
to a motorcycle, exploded outside the main gate of the local Session
Court. Consequently, a female police constable Aysha Bibi and
five others were wounded. In a remote-controlled bomb blast in
the Sui area of Dera Bugti, Baloch militants tried to kill a former
aide of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti and his son. Though the father,
Wadera Lal Mandarani, escaped the attack, his son, Shaukat Lal
Mandarani, was hurt in the blast. Police said the blast occurred
in Mohammad Colony of Sui tehsil (revenue division).
Pakistani intelligence agencies
have reportedly gathered credible information on the influx of
foreign militants and sophisticated weapons into Pashtun areas
of Balochistan – with some also headed to Karachi – via the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border. The sources claimed that the weapons were being supplied
to Balochistan’s Chaman, Pishin and Qila Abdullah districts for
the BLA, by ‘anti-Balochistan and anti-Pakistan quarters’. They
said Pakistani agencies had seized at least 726 missiles in addition
to other weapons over the last few days.
The outlawed BLA refuted media
reports quoting Islamabad-based state intelligence agencies that
it is getting external assistance for its operations in Balochistan.
Bibarg Baloch, the BLA chief spokesman, said his organisation
did not get any external support from the neighbouring states,
as reported in the media while quoting the Islamabad-based intelligence
sources. However, the BLA would delightedly accept any kind of
help offered to it by countries that sympathise with the Baloch
people in their struggle for ''independence'', he said. "We have
not been very lucky in terms of getting external support like
Islamabad. But we welcome such support from friends of the Baloch
people as we await such assistance. If Pakistan can misuse the
external assistance it gets for fighting terrorism to crush the
Baloch then what is wrong if we operate with the help of similar
assistance," he said, adding that if the Baloch had really been
getting external support, they would not have been vulnerable
to attacks by the army and other security forces.
Four rockets fired by militants
damaged security forces’ check-posts in Dera Bugti. Official sources
said that the rockets damaged the walls of the check-posts but
the SF personnel were unhurt.
Unidentified armed men opened
fire on the camp office of a construction company working on an
extension of Pat Feeder Canal in Meer Hassan village of Dera Murad
Jamali. Police from Chathar is reported to have initiated retaliatory
action. The shootout continued for over an hour during which the
assailants fired a rocket which hit a police vehicle. The vehicle
was destroyed, but there were no injuries.
An extremist organisation in Quetta
has threatened women with dire consequences if they do not cover
their faces while outside their homes. Police found threatening
pamphlets published by the Jamaatul Tohid Wal Jihad Balochistan
from a place where a bomb exploded. The bomb had been planted
near an under-construction building in the city centre near the
police headquarters. However, no casualty was reported in the
blast. Sources said that when policemen arrived at the scene,
they found some pamphlets threatening women and shopkeepers selling
CDs and DVDs and displaying women’s photographs. "We will
punish women who go out… without properly concealing their faces,"
the pamphlet said. The pamphlet urged CD dealers to abandon their
business and remove women’s pictures from their outlets. "All
shopkeepers must remove women’s pictures from their shops and
markets immediately. Otherwise they would be our target,"
the pamphlet said. It also warned book stall owners to stop selling
magazines and newspapers carrying women’s photographs. The pamphlet
also warned the pro-government Ulema (religious scholars) to stop
"propaganda" against jihad.
A powerful bomb blast destroyed
an Internet café in the Universal Complex of Quetta but
did not cause any injuries. The bomb, which had been planted in
a cabin inside an Internet café called Matrix, went off
at around 6pm, said Mohammad Asif, a police official. No one present
inside the café, including the owner and Internet users,
was injured, he added.
The Jama’at-ud-Da’awa office in
Quetta was sealed as part of the countrywide crackdown launched
against the outfit.
Police sealed a JuD office and
a library on New Zarghoon Road in capital Quetta. However, no
arrests were made.
Two persons were killed and two
others were injured in a remote-controlled bomb blast in the Dera
Bugti District. The bomb exploded outside the residence of a local
elder, Wadera Mewha Khan, in the Pir Koh area. Khan was injured
along with his son. Those who were killed in the blast were security
guards at Khan’s residence. The banned Baloch Republican Army
claimed responsibility for the blast saying that it wanted to
target Wadera Khan as he was ‘spying’ for Government intelligence
agencies and was undermining Baloch interests. A spokesman for
the group, Sarbaz Baloch, told that his organisation had warned
people that it would not spare ‘spies’ and they would be targeted
if they worked for Government agencies or harmed Baloch interests.
Unidentified militants fired four
rockets in Goth Shah Zain Bugti village of Dera Allah Yar. The
rockets landed in an open place and no loss of life was reported.
Unidentified assailants blew up
a railway track near Machi Randi, some 20 kilometres from Noshki.
Police said a portion of the Quetta-Taftan railway track was damaged
when a device planted there earlier exploded. However, no loss
of life or injuries was reported.
The Provincial Police Officer
in Balochistan, Asif Nawaz Warraich, has said that no arrest of
any member of the JuD was made. However, there was one office
of JuD in Quetta which was sealed. Speaking to reporters, he said
the JuD had specific activities in Balochistan. Their camps set
up for collecting relief for earthquake hit people had been closed.
He said the federal Government did not provide any list for arrests.
A woman was killed and five others
sustained injuries in a rocket attack in Dera Bugti District.
Unidentified armed men fired five rockets targeting the house
of a pro-Government tribal elder, Mir Gulam Qadir Masori Bugti,
in Bekar, a village at the border of Dera Bugti and Kohlu Districts.
One of the rockets hit a house adjacent to that of Mir Qadir,
killing a woman and injuring fiver persons, including two security
guards of Mir Qadir. Sources said that four other rockets that
were fired by militants from nearby mountains landed and exploded
in the open place. Mir Qadir escaped the attack unharmed. Meanwhile,
a spokesman for the Baloch Republican Army, Sarbaz Baloch, has
claimed responsibility for the rocket attack.
Militants in Balochistan attacked
an oil tanker destined for NATO forces in Afghanistan near east
of the provincial capital Quetta. "At least three armed men
intercepted a tanker carrying fuel to Kandahar, shot the driver
in his leg and spilled some 60,000 litres of oil," said local
Police official Mohammad Irshad.
In a written statement, the Minister
for Petroleum and Natural Resources informed the National Assembly
that 80 attacks on Sui gas pipelines in Balochistan in the last
five years caused a loss of PKR 526.923 million to the Government.
He said the blasts occurred at Dera Bugti, Sui, Sibi, Mastung
and Bolan areas of the province.
An employee of the provincial
health department, identified as Ghulam Rasool Masori Bugti, was
killed when a landmine exploded in Baker town. Police said the
landmine planted on the outskirts of the town in Dera Bugti District
exploded when a motorbike hit it.
Armed men fired rockets on the
house of a pro-government tribal elder, Bahoo Khan Bugti, in Gopat
area of Sui.
SFs foiled an attempt to blow
up a Quetta-bound train by defusing a powerful bomb planted under
a railway bridge in the Sariab area. Police claimed that people
who had planted the bomb wanted to blow up the Chiltan Express
coming from Faisalabad.
Various parts of Balochistan observed
a partial shutter down strike as a Government official was killed
and a pro-administration tribesman’s house attacked in Dera Bugti.
The strike was observed on a call by the Baloch Republican Party
and other nationalist political parties. Meanwhile in Dera Bugti,
the Government official, Ghulam Rasool, died when his motorcycle
hit a landmine. In another incident, unidentified assailants fired
two rockets at a pro-government tribal elder’s house. While the
house was completely destroyed in the attack, no casualty was
Unidentified assailants shot dead
an off-duty Policeman, identified as Constable Muhammad Yusuf,
in the Hudda area of Quetta.
Two girls were killed when a bomb
exploded in their home in Teenda village of Naseerabad District.
Unidentified attackers, apparently targeting the girls’ male relatives,
planted the bomb in the home, police official Muhammad Ali Khoso
told. "Two girls, aged six and eight years, were killed in the
bomb blast," Khoso said, adding that one wall of the house was
destroyed as well. The apparent targets of the attacks escaped
unhurt as they had already left for work on nearby farms, he said.
Tribal elder Fateh Bugti’s son
was killed when his motorcycle hit a landmine in the Lothi area
of Sui tehsil (revenue division) of Dera Bugti District.
Ali Jan Bugti was returning home from his land, when his motorbike
hit a landmine, triggering an explosion.
A pipeline supplying gas from
Pirkoh wells to Sui plant was blown up in the Pirkoh area of Dera
Bugti District. Unidentified men planted the bomb near the 16-inch
pipeline, and the explosion destroyed a portion of the pipeline.
The railway track linking provincial
capital Quetta with other parts of the country was blown up and
a Karachi to Quetta train was damaged in the Dasht area, Police
and railway officials said. They said that no one was injured
in the explosion.
Unidentified militants blew up
two pipelines supplying gas to a Sui purification plant. The militants
had reportedly planted explosives along the two pipelines supplying
gas to the purification plants in Sui from Pirkoh and Loti areas.
The blasts damaged the pipelines, suspending gas supply to the
plant. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.