Balochistan Timeline - 2009
At least 13 people – 10 militants
and three SFs personnel – were killed in a clash between SFs and
militants in Balochistan. According to the SFs, the gun-battle
started when the militants – reportedly members of the Bugti tribe
– attacked a patrol party in Dera Bugti District. The clash continued
for the entire day in the Uch, Gandoi and Zan kho areas. At least
five SF personnel were also injured in the gun-battle.
The Baloch Republican Party Chief
and militant leader Nawabzada Bramdagh Bugti has urged the Baloch
nationalist groups to abandon parliamentary politics and form
a united front in their struggle for ''freedom''. In a telephonic
press conference from an unknown location, he rejected the idea
of holding negotiations with the Government to resolve the Balochistan
issue. He said the Baloch people did not trust state elements,
which he claimed had deceived them in the past. He said the Baloch
leaders, Khan of Kalat Ahmed Yar Khan, Price Agha Karim and Nawab
Nauroz Khan Zarakzai, had also held talks with rulers but it proved
aimless as the ''usurpers'' were reluctant to recognize the national
rights of the Baloch people. Bramdagh Bugti said the Baloch people
were passing through a critical phase of their history and in
such situations it was the responsibility of the Baloch masses,
especially the political forces to realize the gravity of situation
and strive for a collective struggle. He maintained that the only
way to get sovereign rights was to join an armed struggle against
the ''usurpers that have occupied their motherland''. He alleged
that the troops in Balochistan were using missiles from the United
States and Britain against their resistance movement and added
that the Balochs would still be able to defeat the state forces
that were killing people in military operations. Bugti also stated
that tribalism, individualism and self-interest of opportunists
were the main hurdles in the unity of the Baloch people.
16 persons, including the driver
of a Quetta-bound train, were injured when Baloch militants attacked
the train. The Quetta Express, coming from Peshawar in the NWFP,
was attacked in Nothal area of Sibi District. The attack injured
15 passengers and the train driver, who was reported to be in
a critical condition. The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) claimed
responsibility for the incident, saying the attack had killed
three Policemen deputed on the train to ensure security. BRA spokesman
Sarbaz Baloch told Daily Times that the attack was a part
of the fresh phase of BRA attacks on Government installations
after it decided to end the unilateral cease-fire announced in
A clash between Security Forces
(SFs) and the Baloch militants in Dera Bugti District continued
for a second consecutive day. The BRA spokesman claimed that the
militants killed 12 Frontier Corps (FC) personnel when they blew
up three of their vehicles in Gazi Tir. The BRA spokesman added
that rockets were fired and a gun-battle continued between the
militants and the FC personnel.
Two officials of the Frontier
Corps (FC) were killed and four others injured when an FC patrol
struck a landmine in the Uch area of Dera Bugti. "Two soldiers
were killed and four others were injured in the incident,"
a FC spokesman told. A spokesman for the Balochistan Republican
Army later claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the Mastung area, an assailant
hurled a grenade at an FC team. The explosion killed a civilian,
identified as Muhammad Ibrahim, an Uzbek national, and injured
around a dozen people, including three FC personnel.
Armed men killed a trooper of
the Balochistan Constabulary, identified as Abdul Hakeem, in the
Shallkot area of Quetta, capital of Balochistan. The attack appeared
to be a targeted killing – the first of its type directed against
a Government functionary in 2009. Around 73 people are reported
to have died in targeted killings by Baloch militants in 2008.
A police constable, identified
as Liaquat Ali, was killed in Turbat.
Unidentified assailants targeted
the Jaffar Express train going from Balochistan to Sindh. At least
three persons were wounded in the attack which took place in Mangoli,
seven kilometers from the Dera Murad Jamali District. The Baloch
Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack. Its spokesman,
Sarbaz Baloch, said the driver of the train had been killed, but
the claim could not be verified through independent sources. The
attack was the second on a passenger train in four days.
Three armed groups in Balochistan
announced the formal end of a four-month-old unilateral cease-fire
in response to the Security Forces’ continued military operation
in the province. Declaring the end of the truce, the BLA spokesman
Bibarg Baloch said the BLA, the Balochistan Republican Army and
the Balochistan Liberation Front were disappointed by the Government’s
‘lacklustre’ response to the cease-fire. The three ‘pro-independent
Balochistan’ groups announced the cease-fire in September 2008.
The BNP Information Secretary
and former senator Sanaullah Baloch has disclosed that the supporters
of Taliban have captured land worth PKR Two billion in the eastern
and western parts of provincial capital Quetta with the covert
support of the ‘establishment’ in order to undermine the Baloch
nationalist movement and promote Talibanisation in Balochistan.
In an interview with Daily Times, the former senator said
the Government had failed to establish its writ in Quetta, where
the Taliban and their supporters were consolidating their grip.
Several parts of the provincial capital have become ‘no-go areas’
where the Taliban and their supporters have consolidated their
position, he said.
Unidentified assailants killed
two Shias in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, despite tight security
arrangements due to Muharram. Police sources said motorcyclists
attacked two Hazaragi-speaking members of the Shia community,
identified as Muhammad Essa and Muhammad Khan, on Kirani Road.
Gas supply to the Sui purification
plant was suspended after a pipeline was blown up in Sui town.
According to police sources, the blast caused by device placed
under the pipeline connecting gas wells with the main purification
plant damaged a portion of about five to six feet. Baloch Republican
Army’s spokesman Sarbaz Baloch claimed responsibility for the
Police arrested four foreigners
near Pakistan’s border with Iran on suspicion of links with international
terrorists. The Panjgur Police believe the four men were members
of al Qaeda who entered Pakistan via Afghanistan and were planning
to go to Iran to pursue terrorist activities. The raid was conducted
in Tasp town of Panjgur to arrest two Turkish nationals and two
Azerbaijan nationals, a Panjgur-based Police official said. The
suspects reportedly claimed to have come to Pakistan to acquire
religious education, although according to Police, it seemed they
wanted to cross the border into Iran.
Unidentified militants blew up
two gas pipelines in Sui. However, no loss of life or injuries
A remote-controlled bomb planted
in a motorcycle parked in front of a shop in Sui town exploded.
However, no casualties were reported.
Security Forces in Dera Bugti
recovered two kilograms of explosives from two men.
One civilian was killed and eight
persons were wounded when a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded
near a Security Forces’ (SFs) vehicle in Khuzdar. "One civilian
was killed and eight people including a paramilitary soldier were
injured in the attack," said Ali Murad, a doctor at the district
hospital. The device was detonated by remote control when the
SFs vehicle approached.
A Bugti tribal chief and his three
bodyguards were killed in a landmine explosion in the Bekar area
of Dera Bugti District. Wadera Nawaz Masoori Bugti was on his
way to a village when his vehicle hit an anti-tank landmine planted
by unidentified miscreants. Consequently, Wadera Nawaz, along
with three of his bodyguards, was killed on the spot, while two
other people sustained injuries.
Two Punjab-bound trains were fired
upon by suspected militants in Dera Murad Jamali and Kashmore.
According to private TV channel reports, unidentified men attacked
the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express near Dera Murad Jamali, killing
its assistant driver and injuring four persons. Further, the Chilton
Express was fired upon near Kashmore, after which train drivers
stopped working in protest, causing severe transportation problems
for the people.
In a sectarian incident, unidentified
men killed a central leader of the Fiqah Jafferia along with his
guard in Sibi District. The assailants opened fire on Saqlain
Haider and his guard, Ghulam Ali.
Suspected militants blew up a
24-inch gas pipeline from Pirkoh gas field to the plant in Dera
Bugti. The supply of gas to the plant was suspended following
a blast caused by explosive planted near the pipeline. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Unknown miscreants lobbed a hand
grenade into the house of a Railway guard at the Railway Colony
in Quetta. However, no casualty has been reported.
Seven Security Force (SF) personnel
were injured in an explosion in the Pir Koh gas field area of
Dera Bugti District. The explosion took place when a Frontier
Corps (FC) vehicle was blown up by a bomb planted on a road and
detonated by remote control. Seven FC men in the vehicle were
injured and the vehicle was completely destroyed, official sources
said. A spokesman for the banned Baloch Republican Army, Sarbaz
Baloch, called journalists from an unspecified location and claimed
responsibility for the blast.
Four persons, including three
soldiers, were killed in a remote-controlled bomb blast in the
Dera Bugti District. The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) claimed
responsibility for the incident. The bomb, planted in the Sui
Colony main bazaar, targeted a van carrying paramilitary personnel.
Three soldiers and a shopkeeper died instantly. BRA spokesman
Sarbaz Baloch told Daily Times that the SF personnel had
gone to the Sui bazaar to remove posters of their slain leader,
Nawab Akbar Bugti. He apologised for the civilian’s death saying
it was unintentional. "We are sorry for the killing of an innocent
man. But we would like to appeal to the people of Balochistan
to stay away from the check-posts and vehicles of the police,
FC [Frontier Corps] and the military, because they are our prime
targets… Attacks can take place any time. We should not be blamed
next time a civilian dies in an attack on officials. People have
to be vigilant," he said.
Unidentified assailants killed
four Policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, in
a shootout in Quetta. Motorcyclists ambushed a Police team on
Sariab Road at around 11am, killing four Policemen. Three of the
murdered Policemen belonged to Hazara community and were Shia.
The outlawed Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility
for the killings, which reportedly appear to be part of a recent
series of target killing of Shias in the provincial capital that
has claimed six lives in a month. "We claim the responsibility
for today’s attack," Ali Haider, identifying himself as a spokesman
for the group, said in telephone calls to local media, AFP
reported. "It was a target killing and police officers belonging
to the Hazara tribe were targeted," a senior police officer said.
Two youths belonging to the Bugti
tribe were injured in a landmine explosion at Yarupat village
of Sui sub-division.
Rockets fired by suspected insurgents
slightly damaged boundary walls of a Security Force camp in Dera
Bugti. Four rockets fired from an unknown direction landed near
the camp of a security agency deployed for the security of installations
in Dera Bugti. However, no casualty was reported.
Militants blew up a gas pipeline
in Dera Bugti, suspending supplies to several areas, AFP quoted
officials as saying. According to Daily Times, the pre-dawn
blast damaged a main pipeline bringing gas from the Pirkoh field
to the Sui purification plant in Dera Bugti District. However,
no casualties were reported. The Baloch Republican Army claimed
responsibility for the blast. "We carried out the attack,"
Sarbaz Baloch, a spokesman for the group, said in telephone calls
to the local media.
A bank manager of Habib Bank Limited
was killed by the insurgents. The BLA claimed responsibility,
saying the slain banker was ‘spying’ for intelligence agencies.
Attiq Ahmed Qureshi, the bank manager, was shot dead by unidentified
men on a motorcycle, near the Sariab Police Station. BLA spokesman
Bibarg Baloch told that Attiq had been warned several times before
to stop going against the BLA’s cause by spying for the agencies.
Gas supply to the main Sui purification
plant from Pir Koh field was suspended after a pipeline was blown
up in the Dera Bugti District. A large portion of the 24-inch
diameter pipeline was blown up by the blast, said a senior police
Gas supply from the Loti field
to the Sui purification plant was suspended after insurgents blew
up a pipeline in the Dasht Goran area of Dera Bugti District.
"The explosion destroyed a five-foot section of the 18-inch-diameter
pipeline," a security official said in Sui. However, no loss
of life or injuries was reported. A 24-inch pipeline connecting
the Pir Koh gas field with the Sui plant had been blown up a day
earlier on January 20. Sarbaz Baloch, claiming to be the spokesman
of the outlawed Baloch Republican Army, claimed responsibility
for both the blasts.
Beebargh Baloch, spokesman for
the banned Baloch Liberation Army, claimed that his organisation
had killed four people in Kalat and a bank manager in provincial
Two persons of Punjabi origin
were shot dead in a targeted killing on the Sariab road in Quetta.
The victims, identified as Muhammad Farooq and Shahzad Ahmed,
were both residents of Rahim Yar Khan District of Punjab. The
BLA spokesman Bibarg Baloch claiming responsibility for the killings
said that the men were killed in reaction to the "ongoing
genocide of the Baloch people by the Pakistan Army". He said
the BLA had formally asked all ‘Punjabi citizens’ to leave Balochistan
or face the consequences. "Those who followed our warnings
have already left, but those who refuse to quit Balochistan will
be targeted in the future," he warned. The BLA spokesman
also claimed the two men were intelligence agents.
Frontier Corps personnel had to
be called in to maintain law and order in Quetta after fierce
clashes erupted between Police and an angry mob following the
killing of Chairman Hazara Democratic Party, Hussain Ali Yousufi
of the Shia community. Yousufi, who was running a travel agency
on the Dr Bano Road, was entering his office at 10:30am (PST)
when some unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on him with automatic
weapons. The armed men later escaped from the incident site. 13
persons were injured when clashes among angry protestors, Police
and traders took place on the Shahra-e-Iqbal and Jinnah Road.
The protesters also torched several vehicles, motorcycles and
a bank on the Jinnah Road. Four vehicles, a commercial bank and
two motorcycles were set ablaze as clashes continued for several
hours. Police later claimed to have arrested 21 suspects, including
three activists of a banned religious organization, on charges
of killing Hussain Yousufi. The banned Sunni militant group LeJ
claimed responsibility for the killing in a telephone call to
the local press club. "We claim responsibility for this attack,"
said the caller, who identified himself as Ali Haider, a purported
Nine people, including three SF
personnel, were injured in a landmine blast in the Ampadagh area
of Bolan District. According to the Police, some of the injured
were employees of the Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) who were
proceeding to Ampadagh where a PPL team had been engaged in an
oil exploration survey for the past few months, when the vehicle
they were traveling in hit a landmine planted by unidentified
A man was killed when militants
fired a rocket into a farmhouse in Naseerabad. "Militants fired
two rockets targeting a Frontier Corps checkpoint. One of the
rockets hit a farmhouse in the area, killing one civilian," said
local police official Nizam Shahid Durrani.
A man was killed and six others
sustained injuries when unidentified attackers lobbed a hand grenade
at a Police patrol in the Khuzdar District. "The police patrol
was the target, but the grenade was tossed over the vehicle’s
roof, fell in front of some shops and exploded, killing a passer-by
and injuring six others," senior Police official Rehmatullah
said. Another grenade exploded in almost the same spot, but caused
no damage, he added.
14 people were injured when a
bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded in the town of Dera Murad
Jamali. "The bomb detonated by remote control was apparently
targeting paramilitary vehicles which narrowly escaped,"
senior Police official Shahid Nizam Durrani said.
Unidentified men blew up a pipeline
supplying gas to the Sui Purification Plant in Dera Bugti District.
The explosives, which were placed under the pipeline, destroyed
a two-foot portion of the pipeline. The Balochistan Republican
Army spokesman Sarbaz Baloch claimed responsibility for the attack.
At least five militants were killed
in a gun-battle with SFs in the Dasht-e-Goran area of Dera Bugti
District. According to the local Police, a group of armed assailants
opened indiscriminate fire at a vehicle of the SFs and in retaliation,
at least five militants were killed by the troops.
A top United Nations (UN) official
was kidnapped and his driver was killed after his vehicle was
ambushed in Quetta, capital of Balochistan. John Solecki, head
of the UN High Commission for Refugees office in Quetta, was going
to office from his nearby residence in the Chaman Housing Society
when the gunmen in a car opened fire on his vehicle. Even as the
driver was seriously wounded as their vehicle crashed into a wall,
the gunmen abducted Solecki, who is an American national, at gunpoint.
The driver, Syed Hashim Hazara, later succumbed to his injuries
in the hospital.
Unidentified gunmen killed a Shia
trader in Quetta in an attack apparently linked to the recent
cycle of sectarian killings in the provincial capital. Syed Iqbal
Zaidi, a resident of Quetta’s Shahbaz Town locality, was driving
home when two men on a motorcycle shot him near Sariab Bridge
on Zargoon Road and fled, Police said.
The BRA admitted to having killed five Punjabis
in the Noshki and Mastung Districts, saying it was retaliation
for the alleged firing by SFs on a wedding ceremony in Dera Bugti.
Unidentified people riding on a motorcycle opened indiscriminate
fire on a welding shop owned by a Punjabi, Muhammad Asif, on Aminuddin
Road in Noshki District at around 7pm. Consequently, four people,
including the brother of the shop owner, Muhammad Farooq, were
killed on the spot. Several people were injured in the attack.
According to sources, the shop had been attacked many times in
the past because of its Punjabi link.
Another man of Punjabi origin, identified as Haji
Muhammad Jamil, was killed at the Quetta Bus Stop in Mastung District.
The Police in Quetta, capital of Balochistan,
detained as many as 15 suspects in connection with the kidnapping
of the UNHCR Balochistan chief. Police sources told the media
that security agencies raided some parts of the city and arrested
15 suspects following the kidnapping of John Peloski on February
2 while he was on his way to office. His driver, identified as
Mohammad Hashim Raza, was killed while resisting the kidnapping
bid. The suspects were detained from Kuchlak, Kharotabad, Chandni
Chowk, Ghousabad and others areas.
Three SF personnel were injured after their vehicle
hit a landmine that exploded in the Doba Nokhani area of Dera
A main gas pipeline was blown up in the Sardar
Karez area in the suburb of Quetta. However, no loss of life or
injuries was reported. The Sui Southern Gas Company Limited chief
Mushtaq Siddiqi said unknown men planted explosives material in
the 18-inch pipeline which went off, resulting in disruption of
gas supply to Mastung, Kalat, Pishin and Ziarat and a power-generating
plant in the suburb of Quetta.
The BLA spokesman Bibarg Baloch denied any role
of his outfit in the abduction of the UNHCR head in Balochistan
John Solecki. Baloch said, "We are not involved in the kidnapping
of the US citizen in any way." Unidentified people had kidnapped
Solecki on February 2 after murdering his driver in the provincial
capital Quetta. The BLA spokesman, however, confirmed the group
had kidnapped six officials of the Mari Indus Gas Company. He
said they had not decided about the fate of the kidnapped.
A driver was shot dead while his colleague sustained
injuries when unknown assailants opened fire on a truck ferrying
supplies for the NATO forces in Afghanistan in the Lakorain area
on the National Highway in Khuzdar District. The truck was coming
from Karachi and heading towards Afghanistan via the Chaman border.
When it reached the Lakorain area, motorcycle borne attackers
opened fire on the truck, killing driver Khan Sawar and injuring
Haji Ahmed Khan.
An official of the SFs was killed while two others
were injured when a remote-controlled bomb exploded near the Sohbatpur
area of Quetta.
SF personnel raided a house in Pashtoonabad on
the outskirts of capital Quetta and arrested six suspected Taliban
Gas supply was suspended in some parts of the
Sariab area when unidentified assailants blew up a pipeline while
a house was attacked with a hand-grenade. Police said the assailants
planted the explosive device under the pipeline in the Killi Mengalabad
area and blew it up, disrupting gas supply to several areas on
the outskirts of Quetta.
A British court has acquitted Baloch nationalist
leader Khair Buksh Marri's son, Harbiyar Marri, and his close
aide Faiz Baloch of all cases against them. A private TV channel
reported that they were arrested in London on charges of carrying
out terrorism and sabotage activities in Balochistan. Harbiyar
Marri was a provincial minister during the last regime of the
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz but went to London and sought asylum
there after former president Pervez Musharraf took over in 1999.
Train service between northern Balochistan and
other parts of the country was suspended when unidentified saboteurs
blew up a railway track near the Bakhtyarabad area of Sibi District.
The saboteurs had strapped explosive materials to the railway
track near Chukra Railway Station that affected some ten feet
of the track.
Gas supply to a large number of consumers was
suspended after unidentified men blew up a gas pipeline in the
Kirani area of Quetta. According to Police, the militants blew
up a gas pipeline in Kirani by planting an explosive device, suspending
gas supply to over 1,000 households in the area.
Police defused a powerful bomb planted outside
the Jannat Market in the Gwadar town.
Security agencies raided a house and arrested
five suspected suicide bombers in the Pashtoonabad area of Quetta.
Religious paraphernalia and pictures of Taliban leaders were confiscated
from the rented house, an unnamed official said, adding that,
the arrested persons are being interrogated at a secret location.
"Preliminary investigation reveals that three of the suspected
bombers are residents of Waziristan and two are locals," the official
said. He said the five would-be bombers had links with the banned
Two SF personnel were killed when a check-post
near the Lehri area of Nasirabad District was attacked. According
to official sources, some men opened indiscriminate fire on the
Frontier Corps post, set up to protect a railway track linking
Balochistan with the rest of the country, killing two soldiers.
A vehicle of the Frontier Corps escaped a bomb
blast in Khuzdar District. Police sources said a bomb had been
planted at a bus stand which exploded when the vehicle was passing
through the area.
A bomb blast in the Wahdat Colony of provincial
capital Quetta destroyed the windows of nearby houses within the
jurisdiction of Saddar Police station. Unidentified men had placed
the bomb in a bag and planted it in Wahdat Colony, they said.
No loss of life or injuries was reported.
The BLUF, which claims to have kidnapped American
UN official John Solecki, said, it had extended a 72-hour deadline
for the Government to meet demands for his release. "We have decided
to extend the deadline on the appeal of our honourable Baloch
leaders," a BLUF spokesman told via telephone at the Quetta Press
Club. "A new deadline will be announced later,". UN officials
have reportedly initiated contact with important Baloch leaders
to persuade them to ask the kidnappers to release Solecki, sources
Nine key commanders of the slain
Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti surrendered before authorities
in the Pat Feeder area of Dera Murad Jamali. The commanders -
Arz Muhammad Bugti, Deh Lakh Bugti, Kerghi Bugti, Marri Khan Bugti,
Chekar Bugti, Sher Muhammad Bugti, Penju Bugti, Zehro Bugti -
surrendered to the authorities under the leadership of ‘Commander’
Gulzar Bugti. They also announced support for the Government.
In a suspected sectarian incident,
unidentified men killed the Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jamaat-Noorani
provincial leader Maulana Iftikhar Ahmed Habibi in Quetta. Police
said Habibi, who was also a regular Islamic commentator on Pakistan
Television, was killed by unidentified men when he was on
his way to work. "This is an act of sectarianism carried
out by those who had previously threatened to kill Habibi,"
Mir Abdul Qudoos Sasooli, the provincial president of the Jamiat
Ulema-e-Pakistan, said. "The murder was carried out by the
activists of banned organisations which are operating now under
new names," he said, giving the Balochistan Government a
72-hour ultimatum to arrest the murderers.
Unidentified men blew up a gas
pipeline in the Pirkoh area of Dera Bugti District. Local administration
officials said a 16-inch portion of the pipeline had been blown
up by explosive devices, causing suspension of gas supply to a
purification plant in the area.
The BLUF has rejected a plea by
the United Nations for direct negotiations for the release of
John Solecki, the head of the UNHCR in Balochistan who was abducted
two weeks ago. Mir Shahak Baloch, who claimed to be the spokesman
for the previously unheard of BLUF, called reporters from an undisclosed
location and said the UN official’s health had worsened in the
last few days. He said the group had provided details of the missing
persons to the Government along with a video of John Solecki released
last week. "Instead of cooperating with us, the Government
is trying to move the missing persons to more secretive places.
We want the UN to formulate a team and come to Balochistan to
see the actual situation about the missing persons," the
BLUF spokesman said.
Aali Khan Bugti, a grandson of slain Baloch nationalist
leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, has formed a tribal lashkar (militia)
for protecting national installations and restoring peace in the
Dera Bugti District. Shaier Bugti, spokesman for the lashkar,
told reporters that the militia had been formed to stop target
killings of Bugti tribesmen and maintain peace in the area. Armed
supporters of Aali Bugti set up pickets on a number of roads and
started patrolling the District.
A vendor was killed after his bicycle hit a landmine
in the Jaffarabad District. According to local Police, Gul Muhammad,
a resident of Sibi, was on his way to the town when his bicycle
hit a landmine planted by unidentified miscreants in RD-238 area
of the District, killing him on the spot.
Suspected insurgents blew up a railway track near
Galangore in the Noshki District. Unknown persons planted an explosive
device on the track at Machi Landi near Galangore. While the track
was blown up, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The Inspector General of FC, Major General Salim
Nawaz, has said terrorist activities are still being carried out
in Balochistan despite Government efforts for reconciliation.
Addressing a press conference in Quetta, he said the FC has foiled
a major terrorist act in the province by seizing a heavy stock
of weapons. These weapons were to be smuggled to different parts
of the country from Afghanistan. He also said no operation is
being carried out in any part of Balochistan for the recovery
of UN official John Solecki because it is feared that his abductors
might kill Solecki on seeing the troops approaching. The officer
also claimed that Brahamdagh Bugti is reported to have links with
the abduction of John Solecki.
In an apparent act of sectarian violence in provincial
capital Quetta, unidentified men murdered a man and his son, both
from the Shia sect. The motorcycle borne attackers opened fire
on the victims at their shop on Quetta's Double Road, killing
Haji Sakhi and his son, Ghulam Ali, on the spot. No one has claimed
responsibility for the killing.
Rail link between Quetta and the rest of the country
was disrupted after a portion of the main track was blown up near
the coalmine town of Mach. According to sources, an explosive
device placed under the railway line near the Intermediate College
damaged the track.
The BLUF holding an American UN worker in Balochistan
said that it would kill him in four days if the Government did
not release more than 1,000 prisoners. The threat on the life
of John Solecki was made in a letter sent to the local news agency
Online International News Network that was also read by an Associated
Press reporter. UN spokeswoman Maki Shinohara said the world body
was aware of the threat through the media and "took it seriously".
In the letter, the BLUF demanded the release of 1,109 activists
from Balochistan nationalist groups it claimed had been arrested
by the Government. "John Solecki's mother and his relatives and
international human rights groups should play a role for the recovery
of thousands of our sons... who are in state-run torture detention
cells," the one-page letter said. "The United Nations and state
institutions... are forcing us to kill Mr John Solecki in our
protest," it said.
Six people were killed and several
others, mostly students, sustained injuries in a suicide attack
on a madrassa (seminary) in Kili Karbala in the Pishin
District. The Jamaat-Ulema-i-Islam (Fazlur Rehman faction JUI-F)
provincial chief Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani, the Balochistan
Assembly Deputy Speaker Syed Matiullah Agha and provincial ministers
belonging to the party were attending a ceremony at the seminary
when a 15-year-old boy blew himself up in front of the stage.
However, all the JUI-F leadership escaped unhurt. District Police
Officer Akbar Raisani confirmed the incident saying that the blast
had occurred at a girls’ madrassa in Kili Karbala, where Shirani
was scheduled to address the school’s convocation. According to
eyewitnesses, two men had come to the seminary for the bombing
but one of them escaped immediately after the first explosion.
Quoting Police sources, JUI leaders said two alleged suspects
had been arrested in connection with the blast.
Five Shias were killed in Quetta
when unidentified assailants attacked members of a family in the
city - taking the death toll from sectarian attacks in a single
week to 12. According to Police, the assailants ambushed a van
carrying the Shia family on the eastern bypass of Quetta – killing
five people on the spot. The slain civilians were returning to
Quetta from the Mach area when they were targeted. "It is
a target killing," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations)
Wazir Khan Nasar said. Although no group claimed responsibility
for the incident, the killings are reported to be part of a series
of sectarian attacks that started in Quetta a couple of months
ago. The banned Sunni terrorist group, LeJ, has accepted responsibility
for most of the recent attacks.
Three people were injured in grenade
attacks in the Gwadar and Awaran areas. Sources said a grenade
hurled at a primary school in Gwadar exploded in the courtyard,
injuring a 10-year-old boy. In Awaran, two persons were wounded
when a grenade was hurled at a bakery.
Gas supply to a large number of
consumers was suspended after unidentified men blew up a gas pipeline
in the Kirani area of Quetta. According to Police, militants blew
up a 4-inch gas pipeline by planting explosives in Kirani, suspending
gas supply to over 1,000 households in the area.
The Government has accepted the
demands of the BLUF in exchange for the recovery of John Solecki,
head of the United Nations refugee agency in Quetta. However,
no confirmation was made at the official level about the acceptance
of the demands, a private TV channel quoted its sources as saying.
According to the channel, seven of the 141 missing women had been
identified and a high-powered committee would submit a report
in a few days. Separately, according to another news channel,
the Balochistan Government said in a statement that the list of
1,109 alleged missing persons provided by the BLUF was being ‘intensively’
scrutinised. According to the statement, 45 persons had already
been traced, a few of whom were at their houses while a few were
in judicial custody for their alleged involvement in criminal
The Balochistan Chief Minister
Aslam Raisani has reportedly announced a top-level committee to
investigate the captors’ demands. "We have set up a high-level
committee, including high-ranking officials and politicians, to
locate the whereabouts of the alleged missing persons listed by
the BLUF," the provincial Government said in a statement. The
Balochistan Home Secretary will work as secretary of the committee.
The committee, headed by the Balochistan chief minister, invited
the female members of the provincial assembly to assist in identifying
and locating the allegedly missing women in the province, the
statement said. Solecki was abducted at gunpoint from Quetta while
traveling to work on February 2. His driver was killed during
Unidentified men blew up a 16-inch
gas pipeline in the Loti area of Sui while three rockets were
fired in a village in Jafferabad. The men planted explosives near
the pipeline supplying gas to a plant from Pirkoh, damaging the
pipeline and suspending the supply. In another incident, unidentified
men fired three rockets at Goth Northern Bugti village in the
Jafferabad District. However, no casualties were reported.
Unidentified men on a motorbike
killed two Shias in an apparent sectarian attack in Quetta. The
victims were shot in their car on Kirani road, on the outskirts
of the Balochistan capital. "Two men from the Shia community
were shot dead by unknown gunmen riding a motorbike," a Police
official said. No one claimed responsibility for the killings.
The attack came a week after five Shias were killed in another
drive-by shooting in Quetta.
A trooper was killed and a Police official sustained
injuries in a landmine blast near Goth Magsi in Rabi Canal area
of Dera Murad Jamali. The deceased was identified as Muhammad
Asghar Ali and the injured Police constable as Khadim Hussain.
Two persons, Nobat Khan and Muhammad Ismaeel,
sustained injuries in another landmine explosion in Goth Muhammad
A pipeline supplying gas to the Sui Purification
Plant was blown up. Unidentified men blew up an 8-inch (in diameter)
portion of the pipeline temporarily suspending gas supply to the
plant. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
The abductors of UNHCR official
John Solecki threatened to kill him in 48 hours if the Government
did not free more than 1,100 Baloch prisoners allegedly in custody.
Solecki, head of the UNHCR in Balochistan, was abducted at gunpoint
from provincial capital Quetta on February 2. His driver was killed
during the abduction. A spokesman for the Balochistan Liberation
United Front called Online news agency in Quetta, saying the UN
had to play its role in fulfilling the group’s demands within
48 hours. "If anything happened to John Solecki, who is a heart
patient, then we will not be responsible," Online quoted spokesman
Shahak Baloch as saying. "We have given our demands to the United
Nations that 1,109 of our people and 141 women prisoners should
be recovered, but UN officials have not shown seriousness… His
condition is deteriorating, we are providing him every possible
medical treatment, but it is making no difference," the spokesman
Two people were killed when a
landmine exploded in the Chamalang coalfield area, about 180 kilometers
from provincial capital Quetta. Unidentified men had planted the
landmine, which exploded when one of the victims, Umar Khan Marri,
stepped on it. While Marri died on the spot, the other victim,
identified as Muhammad Ameen, died later in a Chamalang hospital.
A man in Chaman hurled a grenade
targeting an NATO supply truck carrying machinery destined for
Afghanistan, damaging the equipment. The attacker threw the hand
grenade as trucks loaded with supplies waited for customs clearance
near the Chaman border crossing in Balochistan, local Police officer
Gul Mohammad said. "Soon after the grenade blast people saw
a man fleeing the area and (he) disappeared in the rush,"
he said, quoting witnesses. The blast caused "minor damage"
to the machine and no casualties, the officer said.
The FC arrested two persons and
seized 300 kilograms of explosives during a raid in the Sariab
Road area of Quetta. The explosives had been packed in bags and
stored in the basement of a shop dealing in automobile spare parts
at the Hazar Ganji bus stop. Taking to reporters, FC Inspector
General Major General Salim Nawaz said, "The material seized
in the raid is enough for making 150 powerful bombs and causing
President Barack Obama and his
top aides are reportedly considering expanding covert operations
against the Taliban leaders in Pakistan to the Balochistan province.
Two reports sent to the White House call for broadening the target
area to include the region in and around Quetta, citing unnamed
senior administration officials. In Islamabad, Foreign Ministry
spokesman Abdul Basit told, "We have seen the report. It
appears to be speculative and we cannot comment on speculations".
Up to now missile strikes launched by the US drones against militants
who carry out attacks in Afghanistan have been limited to Pakistan’s
northwestern tribal areas, New York Times reported. "It
is fair to say that there is wide agreement to sustain and continue
these covert programmes," an unnamed senior US administration
official told the newspaper.
The Inspector General of FC, Major
General Saleem Nawaz has described as baseless reports that Mullah
Omar and other Taliban leaders and militants were hiding in Balochistan
and said the Taliban did not have political and tribal support
in the province. "The border and other areas of Balochistan
are not suitable for Taliban activities," he told reporters
at the FC headquarters in Quetta. He also said the New York
Times report about the presence of Taliban militants and their
free movement in Quetta and other parts of the province needed
to be verified, adding that Balochistan was not a safe heaven
for Taliban. He claimed that political parties in the Pashtun-dominated
areas were against the Taliban and the atmosphere was not congenial
to the Taliban setting up their headquarters there.
The Taliban threatened to kill
a Canadian journalist in their custody if their demands were not
met by March 30. The journalist, Khadeja Abdul Qahaar, went missing
in the Jani Khel area of Bannu Frontier Region in November 2008.
In a video sent to the Miranshah Press Club, Khadeja said she
was seriously ill and appealed to the Canadian and Pakistani governments,
and human rights and journalists’ organisations to help in her
Troops neutralized two militant hideouts in Balochistan.
A large quantity of weapons, rockets, explosives and communication
equipment were found at two secret hideouts used by the militants,
a paramilitary spokesman told. The operation was launched in Uchh
District, some 270 kilometers southeast of provincial capital
Quetta, after two soldiers were abducted by the insurgents, the
unnamed official said. "Our men were kidnapped three days ago
while patrolling and during a search operation we found two camps
used by miscreants but when we raided them they had already fled…
We have found a huge cache of arms, explosives, walkie talkies,
and SIMs of Thuraya satellite phones," he said.
Four people were injured when a bomb exploded
in a cafe in the busy Liaquat bazaar in Quetta. The women's wing
of the Baloch Republican Army is reported to have claimed responsibility
for the attack. According to Police, the bomb planted in the cafe
exploded at approximately 1.30pm, destroying the building and
damaging windowpanes of nearby shops. A woman who identified herself
as Gohar Bibi and claimed to be spokesperson for the women's wing
of the Baloch Republican Army, told reporters on phone from an
unspecified location that her group had carried out the blast.
Gas supply to the Sui Power Plant was affected
after unidentified men blew up two main gas pipelines in the Peer
Koh area of Dera Bugti District. However, no casualty was reported.
District administration sources said the men had planted explosives
under the 20-inch and 16-inch diameter pipelines, supplying gas
to the Sui plant from the Peer Koh gas field.
Three farmers were injured after their oxen-cart
hit a landmine in Goth Muhammad Umar. The local Police said Murid
Khan, Abdul Nabi and Dilawar Khan were proceeding to their fields
in a bullock cart, which hit a landmine planted on the road.
Unidentified men blew up two gas pipelines in
Sui and Dera Bugti. The men had planted explosives under the pipeline
that damaged a portion of the pipeline, affecting gas supply to
parts of the Sindh province and Sui Power Plant.
||Two villagers were killed
in a landmine explosion in the Rabi Canal area of Naseerabad District.
The blast that also injured two others, took place near Rind Camp.
Police identified the dead as Nawab Khan and Bakhshu while Muhammad
Khan and Ahmed Ali were wounded.
President Asif Ali Zardari announced a PKR 46.6
billion development package for Balochistan. Out of this sum,
four water storage reservoirs would be constructed at a cost of
PKR 36 billion, small delay-action dams at a cost of PKR 2.5 billion,
PKR 3 billion will be spent on projects in Quetta and PKR 5 billion
on transmission lines. The President said in provincial capital
Quetta he had recommended amendments to the Constitution for an
amicable resolution of the Balochistan issue. "Evolving a package
of amendments to the Constitution to resolve the Balochistan issue
is the way forward," he stated. Zardari said he could announce
a general amnesty in Balochistan but it could not bear the desired
results because such moves made in the past several time had not
been successful. "I have asked the governor and the chief minister
to form a provincial parliamentary committee, which may work with
the federal parliamentary committee for resolution of the problems
of the province," he said.
Several Baloch nationalist groups have rejected
the 'reconciliation policy' of President Zardari for resolving
the Balochistan issue. Speaking at a rally, leaders of the Balochistan
National Party-M, National Party and Baloch Students' Organisation-M
said the economic package announced in Quetta by President Zardari
was a mockery of sacrifices made by people like Nawab Akbar Bugti
and Nawabzada Balach Marri. They said the leaders had not sacrificed
their lives for 'some billion rupees'. The Baloch people were
waging a political struggle to achieve national rights and to
protect their coast and resources, the speakers said. They also
said the Baloch had already rejected mega projects launched by
former president Pervez Musharraf. Leaders of the Anjuman Ittehad
Marri, Baloch Women Panel, BSO-A, the Baloch Bar Association and
Raisani Qaumi Ittehad alleged at another rally, at Mannan Chowk,
that Balochistan had been "annexed" by Pakistan without the consent
of its leadership in 1948. They also said the parliament of the
Khan of Kalat had not approved the accession of the province to
A gas pipeline was blown up in the Zain Koh area
of Dera Bugti District. Police said unidentified men had planted
explosives under the eight-inch diameter pipeline. While a portion
of the pipeline was damaged, no casualty was reported from the
A baker was killed while four people sustained
injuries when unidentified men hurled a grenade and opened fire
on a bakery in Mastung. The baker was identified as Paind Khan.
Unidentified men blew up a pipeline supplying
gas to Sui in the Lotty area of Dera Bugti District. The men had
placed explosives under the 16-inch diameter pipeline that damaged
a portion of the pipeline, affecting gas supply to the Sui Power
Unidentified men blew up a gas pipeline in the
Zeen Koh area of Dera Bugti District. Explosives had been placed
next to the 16-inch diameter pipeline that went off, damaging
a portion of the pipeline and suspending gas supply to a purification
plant, a source stated. However, no casualty was reported from
the incident site.
Six FC personnel were killed in a remote-controlled
bomb attack targeting a Security Forces convoy in the Sohbatpur
area of Quetta, capital of Balochistan. According to a private
TV channel, a man who claimed to be a spokesman for the Baloch
Republican Army phoned various media organisations and claimed
responsibility for the attack.
After two months of captivity, the BLUF released
the UNHCR Quetta head John Solecki in Khadkocha area of Mastung
District. The BLUF spokesman said Solecki was released on humanitarian
grounds. The Mastung District administration confirmed later in
the night that they had received John Solecki and he left Mastung
for provincial capital Quetta with high security. The BLUF spokesman
telephoned a news agency office claiming that John Solecki was
released some 50 kilometers away from Quetta. The Advisor to Prime
Minister on Interior, Rehman Malik, confirmed the release of Solecki.
John Solecki had been abducted on February 2, 2009 while he was
on his way to office in the Chaman housing scheme. His driver
was killed in the kidnapping incident.
The mysterious killing of three leading Baloch
nationalist leaders - who were allegedly arrested by intelligence
agencies on April 3 - have sparked a wave of protests and violence
across Balochistan that has so far killed one Police official.
Police found the decomposing bodies of the three Baloch leaders
- Ghulam Mohammad Baloch and Lala Munir of the Balochistan National
Movement and Sher Muhammad Baloch of the Baloch Republican Party
- in the Pidrak area of Turbat District on April 8-evening. The
Baloch leaders were allegedly arrested by the intelligence agencies
from the office of Kachkol Ali Baloch, a former leader of the
opposition in the Balochistan Assembly. According to local sources,
the Baloch leaders had been shot in the head. Violence and protests
broke out across Balochistan soon after the news of the leaders'
killing broke out. Reuters reported that two people had
been killed in the violence.
13 people were injured in three blasts in Balochistan.
Four persons were injured in a bomb blast in Turbat, when the
bomb, which was planted on a motorbike, exploded near a military
convoy, a Police official said. Three civilians and a Policeman
were injured, he added. Separately, five Security Force personnel
were injured when unidentified militants attacked their vehicle
with a hand grenade near the Pir Kas area in Hub. In another incident,
four people, including a journalist and a Policeman, were wounded
in a bomb blast at Double Road in Khuzdar.
A gas pipeline, supplying gas to the Sui plant,
was blown up in the Sui Tehsil (revenue division) of the
Dera Bugti District. Some unidentified men had planted explosives,
which exploded and damaged a portion of the 16-inch-diameter pipeline.
A patrolling vehicle of the troops hit a landmine,
which exploded in the Loti area of the Dera Bugti District and
damaged the vehicle. However, no one was hurt in the incident.
Gunmen shot dead eight persons in separate incidents,
amid protests over the killing of three local leaders. Gunmen
on a motorbike shot dead a Police official in Quetta, senior Police
officer Rana Khalid told. In another drive-by shooting, gunmen
killed one person and wounded another, he said. "Both incidents
could be linked to a three-day strike being observed in the province"
since the bodies of three separatist politicians were found on
April 9, he said. Police also recovered dead bodies of six employees
at a coalmine in Margat. "The victims who were abducted on Friday,
were killed before dawn on Saturday," local Police officer Jaffar
Hussain said. "They were shot dead," he said. Meerak Baloch, spokesman
for the BLA, claimed responsibility for the Margat killings in
a phone call, saying those targeted were people from Punjab and
The protests against the killing of three Baloch
nationalist leaders continued across Balochistan for the fourth
consecutive day. The protests are being held against the assassination
of Balochistan National Movement chairman Ghulam Muhammad Baloch,
vice president Lala Munir Ahmed Baloch and Baloch Republican Party
leader Sher Muhammad Baloch, with some blaming state agents for
the murders. Political activists and supporters of the slain leaders
observed a complete shutter down and wheel jam strike across the
province and chanted slogans against the Government. Clashes between
the Police and the protesters and arrest of political workers
were also reported. Road links between Balochistan and other parts
of the country were completely disrupted and passengers were stranded
at bus stations and terminals. In addition, protesters in the
provincial Quetta set ablaze branch offices of two private banks,
two tractors belonging to the Agriculture Department, the office
of a special magistrate, and two vans.
A Policeman was shot dead and a civilian sustained
bullet wounds in Quetta, a Police official said. The official
said the Policeman, Niaz Ali, was patrolling on a motorbike, when
unidentified armed militants opened fire at him on Sariab Road.
Saeed Ahmed, a passer-by, also sustained bullet injuries.
Seven youths were injured in a grenade attack
at Killi Ibrahimzai Brewery. According to the officials, unidentified
men threw a hand grenade on a group of youths sitting in front
of their houses in the area.
The death toll in the week-long
unrest in Balochistan has increased to 20 as another person succumbed
to injuries in a local hospital in the provincial capital Quetta.
22-year old Asfandyar Khan Pashtun, a MBA student in the Balochistan
University, was shot dead unidentified assailants while standing
outside a house of his relatives in the Jinnah town on April 11.
Meanwhile, some armed men shot dead a man on Sariab road. The
victim was identified as Zahoor, an employee of the Civil Defence
The Interior Adviser Rehman Malik
announced a reward of PKR 5 million for anyone providing information
regarding those involved in the killing of three Baloch nationalist
leaders in Turbat. He also said a committee – headed by the Balochistan
police chief – would be formed to probe the killings. Malik held
the militants responsible for the violence in Balochistan that
had occurred after the Turbat killings. He opined that the murder
of the Baloch leaders was an attempt to sabotage the reconciliation
process initiated by the Pakistan People’s Party.
Unidentified militants threw a hand grenade at
Policemen deployed on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of
Balochistan, injuring four Policemen and a passer by. Officials
said Police personnel were on duty in the Hazar Ganji area when
unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade at them. Policemen
Baqir Ali, Rajab Ali, Nadir Ali and Muhammad Asif, and passer
by Islamud Dun, were injured in the attack. The assailants managed
to escape from the incident site.
A power supply pylon transmission line was blown
up through a bomb in the suburb of Quetta, capital of Balochistan.
Suspected insurgents had reportedly planted the bomb which went
off by the tower and completely destroyed the 132 KV Quetta-Mastung
transmission lines. However, no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Five militants and a FC soldier were killed in
an alleged armed clash and a landmine explosion in the Dera Bugti
area. The spokesman for the Baloch Republican Army, Sirbaz Baloch,
claimed that five militants had been killed while SFs lost 19
troopers. He said 25 others were injured in clashes and the landmine
explosion. Officials, however, said that no armed clash occurred
between the SFs and militants in the area. They said that six
soldiers were injured in a landmine explosion in the Marvi area.
"An FC vehicle was blown up in the landmine blast," officials
said. According to reports from provincial capital Quetta, soldier
Mohammad Arif who was wounded in the blast died of his injuries
late in the evening.
The spokesman for the Baloch Republican Army said:
"We have destroyed three vehicles of security forces and damaged
a helicopter." He identified the militants who were killed in
the clash as Saifuddin Bugti, Ali Nawaz Bugti, Razi Bugti, Mosam
Bugti and Mehmood. He said the clash occurred when SFs were carrying
out a search operation in the Marvi area after the landmine explosion.
A man was killed in a landmine explosion in the
Dera Bugti District. Police said two Bugti tribesmen riding a
motorcycle hit a landmine in the Gandoi area. While one man died
on the spot, the other sustained serious injuries. Further, a
10-year old boy was wounded when a toy bomb exploded near the
Satellite Town in Quetta.
A 15-year-old boy was injured after one of two
rockets exploded near a small house on the Major Tufail Road in
the Quetta Cantonment area. The other rocket exploded inside a
security official's bungalow, causing some damage. Another blast
was reported from the Dera Bugti town. A house was damaged in
the Bugti Colony after a homemade explosive device went off. However,
no casualty was reported.
Markets and businesses remained closed in Quetta
and other major cities of Balochistan on a call given by the Baloch
National Front to protest the killing of three Baloch leaders
in Turbat. A complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike was observed
on Sariab Road, Barhoi Road, Jinnah Road and Shahbaz Town in the
provincial capital and public transport remained off the road.
A man was injured when a mob blocked the Quetta-Karachi highway,
set a vehicle on fire, pelted stones at and damaged several vehicles.
The strike was also observed in Hub, Gadani, Othal, Bela, Mastung,
Kalat, Haran, Lasbela, Noshki, Turbat, Gawader and Makran while
protesters blocked the Quetta-Karachi highway for traffic.
A portion of the railway track
linking the provincial capital Quetta with the rest of the country
was blown up in near a college in the Sariab area. However, no
loss of life or injuries was reported.
Three children were killed and
their mother injured when they stepped on a landmine at a village
near the border of Dera Bugti District. Police said the landmine
had been planted in Goth Metha Bugti in the Sobatpur area. A Police
officer said the woman and her children were on their way to a
A soldier, Murtaza, was killed
and three others sustained injuries when armed men ambushed a
convoy of the Frontier Corps (FC) near Kahan in the Kohlu District.
The convoy was reportedly going to Kahan from Kohlu.
A trooper was wounded when gunmen
fired at the FC mess in the Khatan area of Khuzdar District. Even
as the FC personnel retaliated, the assailants escaped from the
In what appeared to be target
killings, unidentified assailants shot dead two Policemen on the
Arbab Karam Khan Road in Quetta. Police said Head Constable Khan
Gul and Constable Shamshad were on duty when they were attacked.
Suspected Baloch insurgents killed
three SF personnel and injured three others when they attacked
their van in the Thali area of Karmo Wadh town close to Sibi District.
The insurgents are reported to have ambushed the SF personnel
from their hideouts in the mountains. The slain soldiers were
identified as Farman Ali, Muhammad Ramzan and Muhammad Rahim while
Gohar Ali, Nehamatullah and Muhammad Ibrahim were injured. Local
sources said the attack was followed by clashes between the two
sides. However, the insurgents managed to escape.
Unidentified men blew up a gas
pipeline in the suburbs of Quetta. Officials of the Sui Southern
Gas Company Limited said the explosion along the 16-inch diameter
pipeline in Mengalabad area on Sariab Road destroyed a portion
of the gas pipeline, affecting gas supply to some suburbs. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
Ten people were wounded when a remote-controlled
explosive device went off at the Goll Chawk area of Dera Bugti.
The explosion took place shortly after a convoy of the supporters
of a tribal elder passed by.
An explosion outside a madrassa (seminary) in
Chaman damaged the building's boundary wall. However, no casualties
were reported. The explosive device was planted near the boundary
wall of Madrassa Ashraful Aloom Manchika.
Nawabzada Aali S. Bugti was elected
chief of the Bugti tribe to succeed his late grandfather Nawab
Akbar Khan Bugti. A ceremony was held in Sui to formally inaugurate
Aali Bugti as the tribe’s chief and Amirhan Faqir, the custodian
of the shrine of Pir Suri, helped him don the traditional turban
and handed over the tribal sword to him. Aali Bugti is son of
Nawabzada Saleem Akbar Bugti, who died of heart attack when Nawab
Bugti was alive. He was with Nawab Akbar Bugti when the latter
left his home to lead his tribesmen to the mountains when the
military launched an operation in the area and disappeared after
Nawab Bugti’s death on August 26, 2006. He returned to Sui three
weeks ago, along with his younger brother. After the ceremony,
Aali Bugti paid tribute to his grandfather for sacrificing his
life and pledged to uphold Baloch traditions and rights of the
Unidentified men blew up a pipeline
supplying gas to Sui in the Lotty area of Dera Bugti District.
The men had placed explosives under the eight-inch diameter pipeline
that damaged a portion of the pipeline. The Baloch Liberation
Army spokesman Sarbaz Baloch claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Five people were injured when
a bomb exploded in a hair-cutting saloon in the coastal town of
Pasni. Police said some people who had come for a hair cut left
a small bag in the saloon. "The bag contained a home-made
bomb which exploded," said a senior Police official.
Landmine explosions killed a driver and a 12-year-old
schoolboy in Dera Bugti. The boy was walking home from school
when he stepped on a landmine and died on the spot, a security
official said. In another incident, the driver of a vehicle was
killed and two passengers injured when their car hit a landmine
near a gas field in the same town, he said. In a third blast,
a tractor overturned after hitting a landmine in Dera Bugti district,
injuring its driver. Police also recovered 335 kilograms of explosives
from an abandoned car in Kuchlak, a town near provincial capital
Quetta, security officials said. "The material was to be supplied
to militants in the province," an unnamed security official told.
At least five persons, including a woman, were
killed when unidentified attackers opened indiscriminate fire
on a customer service centre in Quetta, capital of Balochistan.
The assailants, who were riding a motorcycle, attacked the service
centre on Kalat Street, Jail Road at around 11pm. No group has
claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Two unidentified men were killed while planting
explosives at Sui in the Dera Bugti District. According to the
Police, the militants were planting explosives in an under construction
house in Bugti Colony that went off killing both on the spot.
Dozens of unidentified armed men
shot dead a Policeman and security guard of the NATO supply terminal
in Chaman town before setting ablaze four trailers loaded with
supplies for the NATO forces in Afghanistan. Inspector Fida Muhammad
informed the media that some three dozen armed men stormed the
Police check-post, shot dead one of the Policemen before looting
five AK-series rifles and an unknown number of wireless communication
sets from the check-post. They later broke into the NATO supply
terminal, shot dead its security guard identified as Abdul Wahab
and set ablaze four trailers loaded with supplies for the NATO
troops in Afghanistan. The armed men also abducted the watchman
of the terminal at gunpoint. No group has claimed responsibility
for the attack, which is the first of its nature in the border
A Frontier Corps soldier, Sanjar
Khan Bugti, was killed and another man was wounded when a landmine
exploded in a village near Sobatpur area in the Jaffarabad District.
The body of another Frontier Corps
soldier was found in the Goth Mazari area close to the Punjab-Balochistan
border. Mohammad Rashid was reportedly abducted on June 2 while
patrolling near the Sui area.
Three people, including a soldier,
were injured when gunmen opened fire on a security vehicle in
Khuzdar town. A spokesman for the outlawed Baloch Liberation Army,
Mirack Baloch, claimed responsibility for the attack.
A Policeman was shot dead by unidentified
individuals in Quetta, the Balochistan capital, in what is being
reported as another in a series of target killings of Policemen
by insurgents in the provincial capital. Subha Khan, a traffic
police official, was en route to work at his post on Arbab Ghulam
Ali Road, when two unidentified motorcyclists opened fire on him,
killing him on the spot. No group has claimed responsibility for
Six persons were injured when masked men on a
motorbike lobbed a hand grenade at a gathering of mourners in
Quetta. The attack came as people were attending a Bugti tribeswoman's
funeral in a tent, said local Police officer Khalid Manzoor. "The
hand grenade missed the target and landed outside the tent, otherwise
the casualties would have been heavy… It was a terrorist act.
The culprits could be those who are opposed to peace in the region,"
A remote-controlled bomb planted on a parked motorbike
in Khuzdar District exploded near a military vehicle, killing
three persons, including a paramilitary soldier, local Police
officer Juma Khan said. At least 10 persons, mostly civilians,
were injured in the blast.
One person was killed and 35 others wounded when
a bomb hidden in a toilet exploded in a Quetta-bound train. The
bomb hit the Bolan Express near Dozan area in the Bolan district,
about 45 kilometers away from the provincial capital Quetta, said
a Pakistan Railways official. The train was heading from Karachi
to Quetta when it was hit by the powerful bomb at around 01:25pm.
The Baloch Republican Army has claimed responsibility for the
A man was killed and three others were injured
in clashes between Security Forces and militants in the Pir Koh
area of Dera Bugti District. The Baloch Republican Army's spokesman
Sarbaz Baloch claimed that four Security Force personnel were
killed and six others injured in the clash. But official sources
rejected the claim and said that one civilian had been killed
in firing by armed men.
Two shops were destroyed and a shop owner injured
when the women's wing of the Balochistan Republic Army (BRA) bombed
a shop on the Mezan Chowk in Quetta. The blast occurred at around
1pm in a juice shop in one of the most crowded business centres
of the provincial capital, destroying two neighbouring shops and
injuring one of the shop's owner. "The blast occurred shortly
after a woman wearing a veil left the shop. She must've left explosives
in the shop," said the juice shop owner. The women's wing of the
BRA claimed responsibility for the blast. "We accept responsibility
for the bomb blast," said Gohar, spokeswoman of the women's wing
of the BRA, in telephone calls to several newspaper offices. She
claimed to have personally put the explosives in the shop. "More
such attacks would be carried in the future," she warned.
A gas pipeline was blown up near Jaud area of
Sui, affecting supply to the Sui purification plant. Sources said
an explosive device had been placed under the pipeline. However,
no loss of life or injuries was reported.
A judge and his aide were shot dead and 17 people
were injured in bomb and grenade attacks in various parts of the
province. Ziaullah, the judge of a Qazi court in Dasht, was coming
to provincial capital Quetta along with his Reader Abdul Khaliq
Dehwar in his official vehicle when motorcycle borne attackers
fired at them near the Wapda grid station on Sariab Road. The
two were seriously injured and died en route to the civil hospital.
15 people were injured when a bomb placed on a
push-cart parked at a taxi stand in Dera Murad Jamali went off.
Two people were injured in a grenade attack on
the offices of a goods company in Hazargangi area.
A Frontier Corps convoy going to Quetta from Mastung
escaped a bomb attack in the Mian Ghundi area. The roadside bomb
was detonated with a remote control after the convoy had crossed
the Luck Pass area. Azad Baloch, a spokesman for the proscribed
Baloch Liberation Army, claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Four persons, including two women, were killed
after armed assailants opened fire on the residence of tribal
leader Wadera Wazeer Khan in Dera Bugti. A Sui Police official
said the victims could not be identified. The motive behind the
killings could only be ascertained after an investigation into
the killings, he said.
Three Shias, including a union
council chief, were killed in Quetta, the Balochistan capital,
by unidentified men in a suspected sectarian incident. Unidentified
armed men reportedly opened fire on Talib Agha, Union Council
47 chief in Quetta, when he was on his way home along with his
driver and security guard. Witnesses said Agha had just closed
his showroom and was driving back on Fatima Jinnah Road when the
men fired at his car. He died on the spot, while his security
guard Jawad Hussain died on the way to hospital. The driver, Hassan
Ali, died at Quetta’s Civil Hospital. No group claimed responsibility
for the incident.
Two SFs personnel were injured
when their vehicle hit a landmine in the Suri Darbar area of Dera
The principal of the Government
Commerce College was shot dead by two motorcycle borne assailants
in a suspected sectarian incident in Quetta. Professor Amanat
Ali was reportedly ambushed while traveling to his college. Nobody
claimed responsibility for the attack.
Rail links between Quetta and
the rest of the country were suspended after unidentified persons
blew up a railway track near Kolpur. According to railway officials,
the terrorists had strapped a bomb to the track near Bridge No
22 at Dasht, which damaged a foot-long piece of the track.
Rail links between Quetta and
the rest of the country were suspended after unidentified terrorists
blew up a railway track. Explosives strapped to the track in the
outskirts of Mach town damaged a two-feet section of the track,
Three persons sustained injuries
in two blasts in Gwadar city. The first blast took place near
the office of the Gwadar Development Authority while in a separate
incident two motorcyclists lobbed a hand grenade into a tailor’s
shop, injuring three people.
In the first-ever suicide attack in a Baloch-populated
area of Balochistan, four people were killed and 11 wounded when
a bomber targeted a hotel in Kalat. The attack in Kalat District
appeared to be aimed at disrupting supplies to NATO forces in
Afghanistan. The bomber detonated his explosives inside a hotel
in the Sorab area of the District, 250 kilometers southeast of
provincial capital Quetta. Most of the victims were reportedly
Baloch tribesmen. Witnesses said the suicide bomber, dressed in
white traditional clothes, parked his explosives-laden vehicle
outside the hotel on the Quetta-Karachi RCD Highway, and then
went into the hotel. When he blew himself up, the ensuing blast
also served as a detonator for the explosives in the parked vehicle.
It may be a remote control device planted in the car, said Deputy
Inspector General of Khuzdar Police, Ghulam Rasool Domki, while
talking to The News. Reports from Sorab suggested that
the explosion occurred in a car that was on its way from Quetta
to Sorab. The car driver had parked the vehicle outside the hotel.
Rangers arrested seven terrorists from Kashmore
in the Sindh province and Khuzdar in Balochistan province, recovering
weapons and explosives from them. According to a private TV channel,
Rangers personnel arrested four alleged terrorists from Kashmore
near the Sindh-Balochistan border. They are also said to have
recovered hand grenades, landmines, Kalashnikov rifles and three
walkie-talkies from the men. Colonel Muhammad Nasir of the Rangers
said the arrested terrorists had alleged links with the Balochistan
Republican Army. Further, three terrorists were arrested from
Khuzdar and a vehicle loaded with 25 kilograms of explosives seized.
Three persons were wounded in a grenade attack
in Gwadar. Police said the grenade lobbed into a house in civil
colony exploded in the courtyard.
Two unidentified attackers injured a man when
they hurled a hand grenade at his residence in Killi Bangulzai
in the provincial capital Quetta. Police said the two motorcycle-borne
attackers lobbed the grenade at a house owned by Mian Khan, adding
that Khan was injured in the explosion.
Police foiled a bid to blow up the Rawalpindi-bound
passenger train, Quetta Express, by defusing 10-kilogram explosive
planted by the track in Killi Zareen area in the jurisdiction
of New Sariab Police Station on the outskirts of Quetta.
Unidentified armed men shot dead a Levies official
in the Killi Sadozai. Police said that Adam Khan Babar, a trooper
in Zhob Levies Force, was on his way home when he was killed.
The principal of a Government
school is reported to have been shot dead in a targeted killing
in Mastung. Officials said the principal of Pilot Secondary High
School, identified as Javaid, was on his way home when unidentified
militants killed him on the Quetta Road. Javaid is the fourth
academician to be targeted in a series of attacks on Government
officials during the last few months in various parts of Balochistan.
At least five Frontier Corps (FC)
personnel were killed and 14 other people sustained injuries in
a series of bomb and landmine blasts in Dera Bugti, Sibi and Quetta.
Sources said a landmine planted in the Marwar area of Dera Bugti
District exploded, hitting a Frontier Corps vehicle. Five FC personnel
were killed and three injured in the incident. "It was an
anti-tank mine which destroyed the FC vehicle," said official
sources. No one has claimed responsibility so far.
Nine persons were wounded when
a bomb exploded in Sibi Bazaar, some 160 kilometers east of provincial
capital Quetta. Official sources said the bomb had been planted
in a shop on Liaquat Road. It exploded after the owner had closed
the shop, injuring nine passersby.
A bomb fixed to a bicycle parked
in front of a Police Station exploded when it was being defused
by the Police personnel. One man was injured in this incident.
Ten Taliban militants were killed
during a clash with the SFs in the Zhob District of Balochistan.
Quoting official sources, a private TV channel said the militants
had been killed in retaliation after they attacked a security
check-post in the Sambaza area of Zhob. Local administration and
security officials told the APP news agency that an unknown number
of Taliban militants had killed one SF official, Hazrat Mir, and
wounded two others during the attack on the check-post.
SFs arrested 13 Al Qaeda terrorists
– en route to Punjab via bus – from Dera Murad Jamali in Balochistan.
Three Bugti tribesmen were killed
by landmine explosions in the Beloti and Pat Feeder areas of Jaffarabad
District. Sources said that Jalali Shambani Bugti and Laio Shambani
Bugti were killed when their motorcycle hit a landmine in Beloti
near Dera Bugti. In the other incident, a man was killed when
his motorcycle hit a landmine in the RD 238 area.
One person was killed while another
sustained injuries in a landmine blast in the Loti area of Sui.
According to Police, two men, identified as Asghar Ali and Khuda
Bakhsh, were on their way home when their motorbike hit a landmine
Six people were injured when an explosive device
went off in a busy market in Khuzdar, while four persons, including
three women, were injured in a grenade attack in Quetta, capital
of Balochistan. According to Khuzdar Police, the explosives were
planted on a motorbike parked near the post office on Chakkar
Khan Road. In addition, four people, including three women, were
injured when unidentified militants lobbed a hand grenade into
a shopping centre in the Muddasir Market of Quetta.
Gas supply to the Pirkoh purification plant from
the Sui gas field was suspended after unidentified men blew up
an 18-inch piece of a pipeline. According to the Police, the men
had strapped explosives to the pipeline, which exploded, suspending
gas supply to the plant. The blast also damaged a 3-foot long
section of the pipeline.
Unidentified men blew up an under-construction
Police Station in the Sarbandar area of Gwadar. Police sources
said the powerful explosion caused extensive damage to the building.
However, no casualties were reported.
The principal of a school was shot dead in a suspected
sectarian incident in Quetta, capital of Balochistan. Police said
Haji Mohammad Mohsin, principal of the Government High School
in Sariab Mills, was going to school when armed men riding a motorcycle
opened fire on him, killing him on the spot. "It is a target killing,"
a Police officer said, adding that raids were being carried out
in various areas to arrest the killers.
Unidentified assailants shot dead a Professor
of the Government Degree College on the Sariab Road in Quetta,
capital of Balochistan. Police officials said motorcycle borne
gunmen opened fire on Haji Ghulam Sarwar, a Chemistry professor,
when he was entering his house near the Tariq Hospital on Sariab
Road. He sustained multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot.
Haji Ghulam Sarwar is the sixth academician to be a victim of
target killings in Balochistan during the last couple of months.
A gas pipeline was blown up in the Sui gas-field
in the Dera Bugti District. However, no loss of life or injuries
was reported. The explosion reportedly led to the suspension of
gas supply to the Sui purification plant.
A woman was killed and six persons, including
two SF personnel, were injured in a grenade attack in Quetta and
an incident of firing in the Mach area. Sources said that armed
men riding a motorcycle attacked a check-post of the Frontier
Corps (FC) in the Sairab Road area with a hand grenade, injuring
two FC personnel. The FC troops deployed in the area rushed to
the location and the assailants reportedly started firing and
FC personnel returned fire. A woman and two other passersby suffered
bullet injuries. The wounded woman later succumbed to her injuries.
"The woman was killed by firing by the armed men," Deputy Inspector
General of Police (Operations) Shahid Nizam Durrani said. In the
Mach incident, Chaudhry Mohammad Arif and his wife suffered injuries
when a hand grenade was hurled into in their house.
Large portions of two major pipelines supplying
gas to several parts of the country from Sui were blown up, disrupting
supply and creating a shortfall of 400 million cubic feet per
day in the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited system. Sources
in Sui said that the blasts which damaged the lines were caused
by explosive devices placed under the pipelines in areas along
the Sindh-Punjab border supplying gas from the main plant of Pakistan
Petroleum Limited. Both the lines caught fire which was later
put out by cutting gas supply. Gas supply to several industrial
units, including fertiliser factories in southern Punjab, was
severely affected. "Large portions of both 30-inch and 24-inch
diameter pipelines were destroyed by the powerful explosions,"
the sources said. The sources added that some people also blew
up part of the 16-inch pipeline supplying gas to the Loti gas
plant. Sirbaz Baloch, a spokesman for the Balochistan Republican
Army, claimed responsibility for the three blasts.
Two SF personnel were killed while three others
sustained injuries when unidentified miscreants lobbed a hand
grenade at a security vehicle on the Spiny Road in Quetta.
The Baloch Republican Army killed five abducted
officials, including a SHO, and threatened to kill the remaining
abducted persons if their demands were not met within 24 hours.
The BRA is reported to have thrown the bodies on Jathhar Kelji
Road. Speaking to a private TV channel by satellite telephone,
a spokesman for the BRA, Sarfraz Baloch, claimed responsibility
for killing the officials, including the Dera Murad Jamali SHO
Ahsanullah Khosa. The spokesman threatened that if the Government
did not release arrested Baloch leaders within 24 hours, the BRA
would kill the remaining officials and labourers in their custody.
The officials and labourers were working on Government projects
in different areas of Dera Murad Jamali, headquarters of Nasirabad
District, when they were abducted.
Insurgents shot dead four more Policemen and threatened
to execute other hostages unless the Government withdraws troops
and releases detainees in Balochistan, Police said. "The bodies
of four more policemen were found early on Sunday. They had been
shot dead overnight," senior Police official Kalim Ullah told
reporters. The insurgents had set as a deadline for meeting their
demands. The BRA claimed that it had killed four more kidnapped
Policemen after the Government failed to meet its demands and
thrown their bodies in lands. "We have killed four more policemen
and released seven labourers on humanitarian grounds," said spokesman
Sarbaz Baloch, in a telephone call to reporters in the provincial
capital Quetta. "In a day or two, we will decide about the fate
of other policemen, if our demands are not accepted by the government,"
he added. The Policemen and the labourers were taken hostages
late in July 2009 in the Naseerabad District, Police officials
said. Four policemen were killed in July, while another six Policemen
and four labourers were still being held, the Police officials
said. "If the government does not withdraw the FC (Frontier Corps)
from Quetta and release our men, we will kill the rest of the
hostages in a couple of days," Sarbaz Baloch said.
Militants who had kidnapped Police personnel and
labourers on July 30 claimed to have killed 10 more Policemen
and thrown their bodies in the Chattar area of Nasirabad District.
With the latest claim by the BRA, the number of Policemen killed
by the kidnappers has now reached 22. Police officials in Dera
Murad Jamali told that they had just heard this claim of the BRA.
"Until the bodies are found, we cannot say anything in this regard,"
an official said. On August 8, the BRA had issued another deadline
of 48 hours to the Government to release detained Baloch leaders
and workers and threatened to kill more Policemen if the demand
was not met. The BRA spokesman Sarbaz Baloch told journalists
on August 10 that the group had killed 10 more Policemen in retaliation
for the military operation in Dera Bugti. He claimed the BRA had
also attacked SFs in Dera Bugti and damaged a helicopter. Officials,
however, denied that the SFs had launched any operation in Dera
Bugti, clarifying that troops had been sent to Chattar area for
the recovery of the kidnapped Policemen.
The FC foiled a terrorist plan to be carried out
on Independence Day and arrested eight terrorists, seizing weapons
from them. The FC troops, which had been deployed in provincial
capital Quetta after a deteriorating law and order situation,
raided the New Sariyab area on a tip-off and arrested the eight
terrorists. The troops also seized a hand grenade, some Kalashnikovs,
explosives and pistols from their possession. According to sources,
the terrorists said, during initial investigation, they had planned
to launch attacks in the Mezan Chowk during the August 14 celebrations.
The arrested persons were identified as Hidayatullah, Attaullah,
Abdul Samad, Abdul Razzaq, Abid Ali, Abdul Rehman, Dadullah and
Amanullah. Sources said all of them belonged to a banned organisation.
The Khan of Kalat (the title of former rulers
of State of Kalat. Kalat state is now part of Balochistan), Mir
Suleman Dawood, announced the formation of a council for 'independent
Balochistan' and rejected any reconciliation with the Government
of Pakistan without the mediation of European Union and United
Nations. Addressing reporters from London on telephone, he said
the council would ensure the creation of an independent state
of Balochistan. The Khan said Baloch separatist forces of Pakistan
and Iran would have representation in the council. He said the
names of members of the council would be announced later. He,
however, said that Nawabzada Baramdagh Bugti, leader of the Baloch
Republican Party, will be a member of the council, adding that
he was in touch with him and other forces which stood for an independent
Balochistan. The Khan of Kalat said the Baloch had observed their
Independence Day because the British rulers had accepted the independent
and autonomous status of the Kalat state on August 11, 1947. He
said Kalat was merged into Pakistan in March 1948 and in reaction
Prince Agha Abdul Karim launched a revolt. The Khan also said
the Baloch had lost trust in Pakistani rulers. However, he said
that if European Union and United Nations mediated then negotiations
could be held with the Government of Pakistan.
Two persons, Abdul Hameed and Qamar, were killed
and six others sustained injuries in a bomb blast in the Irrigation
Colony area on Sariab Road in Quetta. A FC spokesman said the
bomb was planted in a motorcycle. Shortly after the blast, some
militants opened fire on the FC check-post in the area. One militant
was killed in an exchange of fire with the FC troopers.
Three separate bombings killed one man and injured
18 people in Balochistan. Police officer Abdul Hameed Lasi told
that one of the bombs exploded in Hub, killing one man while injuring
15 others. Another Police Official, Abdul Qadoos, said two more
bombs targeted Mach, injured three others. Separately, unidentified
persons blew up three electricity towers in Kohlu and Dera Allahyar
Khan, suspending power to surrounding areas.
Unidentified militants blew up three NATO oil
tankers supplying fuel to the US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan
at a terminal in Pishin District. A Police source said around
10 masked militants entered the terminal, held the watchman at
gunpoint and planted remote-controlled bombs there. They also
planted a bomb inside a parked vehicle, but the Bomb Disposal
Squad defused it. However, no group has claimed responsibility
for the attack so far.
Suspected insurgents blew up a 220KV electricity
pylon on the Guddu-Quetta high transmission line in Dera Allahyar,
suspending power supply to several areas. The pylon, located along
the Dera Allahyar bypass, was destroyed up when explosives attached
to it were detonated with a remote control. Power supply to several
areas of Balochistan, including provincial capital Quetta, was
The bodies of nine Policemen taken
hostage in July 2009 by insurgents were discovered in Balochistan.
"We have recovered nine bodies of dead policemen. They were kidnapped
by the BRA," said senior Police officer Kaleem Ullah. The corpses
were found in Naseerabad, some 390 kilometres southeast of provincial
capital Quetta, and the Police officers were thought to have been
killed about four days ago, Kaleem added. The insurgents had taken
24 local Police officials and labourers hostage in late July.
Three Policemen escaped, and the bodies of 12 others have already
been found. Sarbaz Baloch, a spokesman for the BRA, had earlier
in August claimed responsibility for the kidnappings and deaths
in a telephone call to reporters in Quetta. He demanded that the
Security Forces leave the city.
In the fresh wave of target killing
incidents in capital Quetta, four persons, including a cardiologist,
were shot dead in two separate places. Police said cardiologist
Dr Abid Iqbal Zaidi was shot dead by unidentified armed men on
the Fatima Jinnah Road when he reached his private clinic around
6pm (PST). The cause of the murder is yet to be confirmed, but
the Police stated that it is an incident of target killing.
A man and his two sons were shot
dead by unidentified armed men on Sirki Road. Police said the
owner of a welding shop, Sher Ahmed, was on his way home along
with his two sons - Shabir Ahmed and Jalil Ahmed - when they were
attacked. Police said some unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate
firing with automatic weapons on them. While Jalil Ahmed died
at the incident site, Sher Ahmed and Shabir Ahmed succumbed to
their injuries in the Bolan Medical Complex Hospital.
Three explosions injured 13 people,
including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel and two Policemen,
in Balochistan. Two FC personnel and six other people were wounded
when unidentified persons lobbed a bomb at their vehicle on Hospital
Road in Khuzdar and escaped. In provincial capital Quetta, three
persons were injured when a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded
in the Chaki Shahwani area. In addition, two Policemen were injured
when a hand grenade was hurled at their check-post in the premises
of Balochistan University in Quetta.
An attack on the Jaffaria Alliance
Balochistan chief Allama Maqsood Domki was foiled in Quetta by
the Shia cleric’s own guards. According to Police, unidentified
men opened fire on Domki at Ibrahim Street, McCongi Road, as he
was on his way home after Friday prayers. Domki’s guards retaliated,
killing one attacker on the spot, while two of his accomplices
managed to escape. The Police said it had recovered two mobile
phones and a grenade from the slain attacker. No group has claimed
responsibility for the attack so far.
Six people were injured in a bomb
blast at the Civil Hospital Road in Khuzdar in the evening. According
to the Police, the bomb was planted in a motorbike parked at the
Two persons, identified as Muhammad
Arif and Abdul Manan, were injured when a roadside bomb exploded
at Wadh tehsil (revenue division). The Police have registered
a case and started investigation.
Police foiled a terrorist plot
in Quetta by recovering two tons of explosive material from a
vehicle. The Balochistan Police on a tip-off raided a pick up
carrying 2,000 kg of explosive material. The accused riding in
the vehicle exchanged fire with Police but later left the vehicle
and managed to escape.
At least three persons belonging to Punjabi community
were killed and three others critically injured in a targeted
killing claimed by the BLUF at Jinnah Road of capital Quetta in
Balochistan, when Baloch national parties observed a "black day"
in addition to a shutter down strike on the third death anniversary
of Nawab Muhammad Akbar Khan Bugti, former Chief Minister and
Governor of the province. All businesses, public and private institutions
were shut down following the Balochistan National Front's call
for a shutter down and wheel-jam strike. The Government deployed
5,000 Policemen and Frontier Corps personnel to ensure peace.
The Government also imposed Section 144 restrictions on assembly,
preventing the Jamhoori Watan Party from staging a protest rally
in front of the Quetta Press Club.
A clash between SFs and armed terrorists was reported
near Jaffarabad and Sui.
Unidentified militants blew up a gas pipeline
of the Loti gas field in the Dera Bugti District of Balochistan.
The pipeline supplied gas to the Loti Purification Plant from
a well and was blown up with explosive charges.
Militants fired nine rockets from the mountains
surrounding the Sui airport. However, no damage was reported.
Several vehicles carrying supplies for the NATO
forces in Afghanistan caught fire after a huge bomb blast followed
by heavy firing on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border near Chaman
in the Balochistan province. Police sources told APP that hundreds
of heavy vehicles, mostly carrying supplies for the NATO troops
stationed in Afghanistan, had to stop on the Pakistan-Afghanistan
border near Chaman as all types of cross border movement had been
suspended due to security reasons for the last two days.
Prior to the explosion, a Police party deployed
for security of the vehicles defused a bomb. As a result of the
blast, several trucks and tankers transporting fuel and other
equipment for the NATO forces caught fire. However, no loss of
life was reported from the incident site.
Two Punjabis were allegedly victims of target
killing in the evening as violence broke out in various Baloch-dominated
Districts after another Baloch nationalist leader's body was recovered.
The BNM Secretary General Khalil Ahmed Baloch
said the party's central joint secretary Rasool Baksh Mengal was
found dead in Lasbela District. Mengal was allegedly detained
by intelligence agencies from the Uthal area on August 23. Baloch
said the recent target killing of Baloch nationalist leaders had
forced the party to believe that intelligence agencies had killed
all the missing persons of Balochistan. Rasool Mengal's killing
reportedly led to a series of protests all over the Balochistan
province. In Maskhy area, protesters set ablaze banks and offices
of the National Database and Registration Authority and the District
administration. The Baloch National Front, an alliance of 10 nationalist
groups, has announced a complete shutter-down and wheel-jam strike
across Balochistan on September 1 (today) to protest the killing
of the Baloch leader.
Three people were shot dead in the industrial
town of Hub. According to Police, Syed Walayat Hussain, his friend
and a bodyguard were going to Karachi, the Sindh capital, after
attending a religious function in the Dureji sub-division when
motorcycle borne assailants opened fire at their car on the Sakran
Road. Police said it might be an incident of sectarian killing.
Five persons, including four Policemen, were injured
when unidentified men lobbed a grenade at a Police truck on the
Jinnah Road in Quetta, capital of Balochistan. Police said two
men riding a motorbike hurled the grenade at the Police truck,
but it missed its mark.
Three persons, including two FC personnel, were
killed in an exchange of fire with gunmen from the BRA in Turbat
District's Thump area. Official sources said an FC team was ambushed
during a routine patrol. The insurgents opened fire at the FC
vehicle on the Zubeda Jalal Road, killing the two soldiers. The
FC troops consequently retaliated and killed one of the attackers.
Murtaza Baig, a spokesman for the FC in provincial capital Quetta,
confirmed the attack and added that three FC troopers had also
been injured in the clash. However, unverified local accounts
suggested that six FC soldiers had been killed, but the figure
could not be independently confirmed. The BRA has claimed responsibility
for the attack. The slain insurgent was identified as Meer Jan
Miral, reportedly a Balochi poet.
The Quetta Police arrested three militants and
recovered explosive materials from their possession in a raid
at a house in Eastern Bypass area late on September 3. Addressing
a press conference at the Central Police Office on September 4,
the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO), Abid Notkani, said two
militants were arrested a few days back and during interrogation,
they disclosed that their other accomplices had been residing
in the provincial capital Quetta and had a huge quantity of explosive
materials. He stated that late on September 3 at about 2:30 am,
a Police party raided a house in Eastern Bypass area, and arrested
three militants - Allahyar, Rahim Khan Rind and Karim Khan Brohi
- and recovered 44 kg of explosives, 49 hand grenades, two remote
control systems, two plastic tubes, one electronic detonator,
two non-electronic detonators and one mobile charger. The CCPO
added that it was the second gang of militants, which was held
by the Quetta Police in a week. He noted that they have been residing
in Quetta city for one and a half years.
One civilian was killed and 27 others, including
six Policemen, were injured in three attacks in Naseerabad and
Quetta Districts. Police sources said that a bomb planted in a
parked motorcycle in a crowded area went off in Sohabtpur area
of Naseerabad, killing a passer-by and injuring six others. In
Quetta, unidentified militants hurled two hand grenades on the
City Police Station building, injuring 21 persons including six
Policemen. Witnesses said that the grenades were hurled one after
the other with a gap of less than five minutes.
An employee of the Pakistan Telecommunication
Company Limited (PTCL), Muhammad Iftikhar, was shot dead by unidentified
militants at Khuzdar town of Balochistan. Police said Iftikhar
was visiting a friend at his shop when two unidentified men riding
a motorcycle opened fire. The Police said the incident was an
apparent target killing.
Suspected Taliban militants set ablaze eight oil
tankers near the Western Bypass in Quetta when those tankers were
carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan. It is the first
such attack in Quetta.
A bomb exploded in the Soorab town, some 250 kilometers
south of capital Quetta, killing two persons. "An improvised explosive
device, which two men were carrying with them on a motorcycle,
went off, killing both of them," local Police official Muhammad
Two persons were killed in a bomb blast in the
Lakhoryan area of Kalat District. According to the Police, the
blast occurred along the National Highway, instantly killing Munir
Ahmed Khidrani and Saeed Ahmed Sumalani, an employee of the Khuzdar
Three persons were killed and two others injured
when unidentified militants opened fire at the houses of pro-Government
Bugti tribesmen in the Loti area of Dera Bugti District. According
to the local Police and hospital sources, the armed men, who were
on a motorcycle, fired at the houses killing three persons, including
The twin brother of the former Inspector General
of Police of Balochistan was shot dead by unidentified militants
in an incident of target killing near his home at Khalid Bin Waleed
Road under Ferozabad Police Station. The slain person was identified
as Agha Jalal (62).
Four people were killed and three others injured
when a landmine exploded in the Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti. The
mine exploded as Ahmed Ali, along with his family, rode over it
on an ox-drawn cart, District Police Officer Ashfaque Jamali said.
Unidentified militants abducted a Bugti tribal
elder, Ali Muhammad Bugti, at gunpoint in the Naseerabad District.
According to local Police, Ali was abducted from RD-225 area when
he was on his way home.
One person was killed and four others injured
when a grenade was hurled at a shop on Quetta Road at Dera Murad
Jamali. The District Police Chief, Nazir Ahmed Kurd, said that
three men on motorbikes hurled a grenade into a welding shop owned
by a settler, Mukhtar Ahmed, and later managed to escape from
the incident site. One of the workers in the shop, Ghulam Hussein,
died while Mukhtar Ahmed, Muhammad Akbar, Muhammad Azhar and Muhammad
Akmal were seriously injured.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead an official of a
law-enforcement agency on Saryab Road in capital Quetta. According
to the Saryab Police, the deceased, whose identity was not disclosed,
left his camp to purchase food around iftar (fast-breaking
meal) time when he was targeted at the Badini Cross.
Two SF personnel were killed and four others injured
when a security vehicle hit a landmine near the Uch Gas Field
area in Dera Bugti. According to official sources, the security
vehicle was on a routine patrol when it hit the landmine.
Unidentified militants intercepted and subsequently
set ablaze a NATO supply truck on the National Highway under Wadh
tehsil (revenue unit) of Khuzdar District.
The law and order situation has hampered the exploration
of gas and production activity in Balochistan over the last few
years, the recently released Balochistan Economic Report stated.
The report said over three-fifths of the 657 terrorist attacks
in 2006, nearly one-third of deaths in such attacks and almost
half the injuries were reported in Balochistan. The report said
the security situation in Balochistan worsened in 2006 compared
to 2005. It said the number of terrorist attacks in 2006 was almost
twice as high as the period between 2002 and 2005. According to
the report, gas fields of Sui, Uch, Pirkoh and Loti are all located
in Dera Bugti, which is at the heart of the conflict. The report
identified the principal reason for the deteriorating security
situation as "a violent conflict between security forces and the
BLA and Bugti tribesmen." The report said the BLA, the Balochistan
Liberation Front and Bugti militiamen launched 403 terrorist attacks
in the province during 2006, killing 277 people and injuring 676
others. It said gas pipelines; security checkpoints and camps,
government offices, rail tracks and bridges were targeted in these
According to the Balochistan Economic Report,
Kohlu District - a stronghold of the BLA - along with Quetta and
Sibi represent over a quarter of the terrorist attacks. The report
said Balochistan accounted for three-fifths of all terrorist attacks
in Pakistan during 2006, and most of them took place in or around
Dera Bugti. It said the precarious security situation in Dera
Bugti was the main reason behind the decline in gas output - with
the financial impact felt throughout the province. According to
the study, the security situation in Balochistan was "highly unsatisfactory"
during 2007, as terrorists continued attacking state installations
and security apparatus. The report said with gas fields exhausting,
security worsening, fiscal receipts declining and community support
in doubt, Balochistan's gas economy was in urgent need of reforms.
The Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani
said Pakistan will not allow US drones to attack Balochistan.
Quoting sources in the ISPR, a television channel reported that
Kayani attended the 28th Tripartite Commission, consisting
of senior military representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan
and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, where he met Afghan Army
Chief General Bismullah Khan and the International Security Assistance
Force Commander General Mc Chrystal.
The Government has decided to adopt recommendations
by the Parliamentary Sub-committee on Balochistan formed during
the regime of President Pervez Musharraf, Dawn reported.
This was decided in a meeting between Prime Minister (PM) Yousaf
Raza Gilani and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid President Shujaat
Hussain, at the prime minister's Parliament House chamber. The
PML-Q president informed the PM about the recommendations that
had been formulated by the parliamentary sub-committee headed
by Shujaat, with PML-Q General Secretary Musahid Hussain and Senator
Wasim Sajjad as its members in the previous Government.
The Balochistan High Court has ordered the Station
House Officer of Dera Bugti Police Station to register an FIR
against former President Pervez Musharraf and others in the murder
case of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. On a petition by Nawab
Bugti's son Nawabzada Jamil Akbar Bugti, a bench headed by Chief
Justice Qazi Faez Isa ordered registration of a case against the
respondents, except the NWFP Governor Owais Ghani.
Three Police officials were injured in a bomb
blast at the Spiny Road in Quetta. The blast took place near a
Police van which was on a routine patrol on the road. It is yet
to be confirmed whether the blast was caused by an explosive device
planted by the road or a hand grenade, an unnamed official said.
A blast destroyed a telephone cabinet at the Zarghoon
Road. The powerful explosive device was reportedly planted near
the cabinet besides the wall of the GPO Quetta. However, no loss
of life was reported.
Unidentified militants killed two people in Khuzdar
in an attack on a truck carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan
on the RCD Highway in Balochistan. Police said the armed motorcyclists
opened fire at the truck using automatic weapons, killing two
helpers aboard the vehicle, identified as Abdul Rahim Khan and
Unidentified armed men killed
the Balochistan Chief Mines Inspector on Sariab Road in Quetta.
Ashraf Ali was a member of the Shia Hazara community. The suspected
sectarian killing of the Hazara official occurred in the wake
of a statement by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan that
regretted target killings of Hazara. Quoting the Hazara community,
the statement said 270 members of the community had been killed
In another incident of target-killing,
the Jamhoori Watan Party Vice-President, Muhammad Aslam Mirza,
and his driver were shot dead by unidentified armed men in the
Shalkot area of Quetta. Police said Muhammad Aslam Mirza was coming
out of his poultry farm located at Shalkot, when he reached near
the gate of the farm some unidentified armed men opened fire,
killing him and his driver Gul Faraz on the spot. The Police termed
it a targeted killing.
The United States Consul General
in Karachi, Stephen Fakan, has said it would be unreasonable to
deny the presence of the Taliban in Balochistan. "We don’t
want the Taliban or extremists to gain the kind of foothold in
the province that is unhealthy for the people of Balochistan,
too," said Fakan while talking to reporters in Quetta, capital
of Balochistan. "Seeing how difficult it was to dislodge
them, but when you squeeze these people there, so they have to
move somewhere else and so in some parts of Balochistan, so we
are focusing on the province from that perspective, and the US
ambassador also tried to make the point some time back,"
he added. "I think that we have established over the years
that the Taliban pass the borders between Afghanistan and Balochistan,
and even some members of the government had said that they know
they (Taliban) travel to Karachi, they travel to Islamabad and
they move all around the country," the diplomat stated.
Two persons, including a Frontier
Corps trooper, were killed and five others injured in terrorist
attacks in Quetta, capital of Balochistan.
A team of the Frontier Corps (FC)
was attacked while they were patrolling the Saryab Road in Killi
Badini. As the convoy reached Killi Badini, a powerful explosive
device planted near the road went off, killing trooper Ahsanullah.
Two FC soldiers and two civilians passing by sustained multiple
In an incident of target-killing,
a trader was shot dead and another injured when unidentified armed
men opened indiscriminate fire at them on the Thana Road. Asif
Ali and Altaf Hussain sustained multiple injuries. Hospital sources
confirmed that Asif Ali later died, while the condition of Altaf
Hussain was stated to be serious.
A grenade was hurled into the
house of the Balochistan Information Minister Younas Mullazai
in the provincial capital Quetta. However, the minister was not
in the house at that time. According to Police, the grenade lobbed
by men on a motorbike exploded in the backyard of the house. Windows
and doors were damaged and a wall collapsed. Sources said that
Mullazai was in Jhal Magsi to offer condolences on the death of
former senator Mir Yousuf Ali Khan Magsi. Police later raided
several places in the city and outskirts and took some people
into custody for questioning.
Two people were injured in firing
at a truck carrying supplies for NATO forces in Afghanistan on
the RCD Highway near Baghbana area of Khuzdar. Police sources
said that unidentified motorcyclists attacked the truck carrying
goods for NATO troops with automatic weapons – injuring two men,
who have been identified as Abdul Shakoor Khan and Gul Zaman.
The assailants later managed to escape.
Three FC personnel were injured
after a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in the Khatan area
of Khuzdar District. A Police source said unidentified miscreants
had planted the remote-controlled bomb which they exploded while
a FC vehicle was passing by. The blast also destroyed the FC vehicle.
Seven laborers were injured in
a grenade attack in Surab, some 65km from Kalat town, in the Kalat
District. A senior Police officer said that armed men on a motorcycle
hurled the grenade on the laborers working on a gas pipeline.
Unidentified gunmen killed an
official of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in Quetta. The Police
said the assailants opened fire on Tanveer Raza, an IB inspector,
while he was walking on Zargoon Road near the office of the Railways
divisional superintendent, killing him instantly.
Unidentified gunmen killed the
Balochistan Education Minister Shafiq Ahmed Khan, a member of
the Pakistan People’s Party, outside his residence in the provincial
capital Quetta. The Baloch Liberation United Front claimed responsibility
for the assassination. Police in Quetta said unidentified motorcyclists
shot dead the minister outside his residence on Thogai Road, while
his brother’s father-in-law, Hydayat Jaffar, was injured in the
same attack. Shafiq Khan is the second minister from Balochistan
to have been killed over the last two months.
Unidentified armed men killed
a Police Inspector and injured a Constable in the Khuzdar District.
Witnesses said the men, who were in a car, opened fire on Inspector
Riaz Ahmed Zehri and Constable Muhammad Farooq and fled. Zehri
died instantly while Farooq was hospitalised. No group has claimed
responsibility for the attack. The attack consequently sparked
a violent demonstration in the area, in which people torched and
ransacked Government and private property, including a bank.
Police and law enforcement agencies
arrested eight men allegedly involved in various incidents of
terrorism, during separate raids in the provincial capital Quetta.
On a tip-off, heavy contingents of Police raided various places
on Sariab Road, Satellite Town, Shalkot, Quaidabad, Saddar and
other areas and arrested the suspected terrorists. The Police
also seized some weapons from their possession. Police sources
claimed that the men had confessed to their involvement in various
terrorist activities in the city.
Police arrested at least 24 Afghan
nationals from the border city of Chaman.
One person was killed and three
others sustained injuries in a bomb blast at a busy junction in
Dera Bugti. Police said the explosives were triggered with a remote-controlled
device. Painda Khan, a resident of the nearby village, died instantly.
The three injured people have been identified as Muhammad Khan,
Ali Khan and Akhtar.
A senior Professor of the University of Balochistan
was shot dead on the Kassi Road in Quetta. The BLA claimed responsibility
for the killing. Police said Prof Khurshid Ansari was on his way
to a mosque to offer his prayer when some unidentified men riding
a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire, killing him instantly.
The assailants subsequently fled from the incident site. Meanwhile,
a BLA spokesman telephoned media offices and claimed responsibility
for the killing.
13 people, including two children and a trooper,
were injured when a hand grenade exploded at Meezan Chowk, a central
commercial area in Quetta. Quetta Police said that unidentified
militants hurled a hand grenade at a Frontier Corps checkpost
near Mizan Chowk.
Two teachers and a student were injured when suspected
militants hurled a hand grenade at a girls' school in Quetta.
The grenade blew off the staff room's roof and the shrapnel hit
two female teachers and an eight-year-old student. The teachers
sustained head injuries but both are out of danger and the student
had minor injuries.
A rocket fired in the morning fell near a law
enforcement agency camp in the Musa Colony area of provincial
capital Quetta. Satellite Town Police sources said the militants
had targeted the troops, but the rocket fell on a house. They
said no casualties were reported, as the residents had apparently
gone out, but two rooms of the house were damaged.
Police in Quetta claimed the arrest of a top Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
(LeJ) terrorist wanted in 16 cases and for the murder of 28 members
of the Shia-Hazara community in target killings in the provincial
capital. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG, Operations),
Shahid Nizam Durrani, said that Police had arrested Hafiz Muhammad
Usman Muhammad Shahi alias Abbas, considered one of the
masterminds of 28 sectarian killings. He said Abbas had also revealed
important details of recent sectarian killings, in addition to
providing information on his accomplices in target killings. "Abbas
also provided information that helped us find a Kalashnikov used
in sectarian killings," the DIG said. The militant has also reportedly
confessed to being involved in the murder of Hussain Ali Yousafi
- chairman of the Hazara Democratic Party, who was shot dead in
Quetta on January 26, 2009. "Following the information provided
by Abbas about his colleagues, police are planning more raids
in Bolan, Mach and Naseerabad districts with the hope to bust
the gang involved in sectarian killings in Quetta and other parts
of Balochistan. A team of senior police officers is investigating
the matter," said the DIG.
Six oil tankers carrying fuel for the NATO forces
based in Afghanistan were torched in two separate attacks in Bolan
and Khuzdar. Police sources in Bolan said that unidentified armed
men torched five tankers, carrying fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan,
in the Mach area, some 60 kilometres south of the provincial capital
Quetta. An oil tanker driver was killed and two others were wounded
when an exchange of fire took place.
A blast was heard in Quetta late in the night.
Police said the explosion occurred near a shop close to Khojak
Road, but provided no further information.
A bomb exploded in Quetta. However, no loss of
life or property was reported. According to Police sources, unidentified
people had placed a bomb near the passport office.
Security Force personnel patrolling an area in
the Turbat town of Makran District survived a bomb attack. Sources
said that militants fixed an explosive device to a motorbike and
parked it near a graveyard to blow up a FC patrolling vehicle.
The device was detonated through remote control when the FC vehicle
passed through the place. The vehicle was partially damaged. "All
FC men remained unhurt," a Police official said.
A Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) and
his driver were injured in a bomb blast on Spiny Road in Quetta,
the Balochistan capital. The Saddar Station House Officer Abid
Bukhari said DIG (Operations) Shahid Nizam Durrani was on his
way to office in his staff car when the bomb exploded. He said
the remote-controlled device was planted in a roadside drain,
adding that the DIG and his driver were rushed to Civil Hospital.
However, a passer-by, identified as Haji Muhammad, died on the
spot. Eight persons, mainly Policemen, were injured in the blast.
Police have reportedly arrested at least 50 suspects for questioning
in this regard. No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion
Police arrested three suspected suicide bombers
from a house in the Arbab Town and recovered 300 kilograms of
explosives from them. The Saddar Superintendent of Police, Farrukh,
said, "The men were preparing for suicide attacks in Quetta."
Rockets fired at the DIG of Police's office in
Quetta, the Balochistan capital, hit the houses of Hindu and Christian
minorities near Spiny Road. According to official sources, the
two rockets were meant to hit the office of Balochistan DIG Shahid
Durrani, who had survived an earlier assassination attempt on
November 17. One of the rockets landed in the Christian Colony,
damaging the house of Haji Yar Mohammad on Spiny Road. The rocket
damaged the boundary wall of the house and shattered the windowpanes
of nearby houses. The second rocket, which was also fired at the
same time, exploded in the house of Chaman Lal, a Hindu, after
hitting the boundary wall of Almas Joseph's house. Locals said
the rockets had damaged several houses, but there were no casualties.
The attack, which is believed to have targeted the DIG office,
took place a day after a remote control blast in the provincial
capital. Although the DIG escaped unhurt, one civilian was killed
and eight others injured. According to sources, the banned Sunni
group LeJ had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The FIA detained two men at the Quetta International
Airport, one of them a suspected Al Qaeda operative, as they were
boarding a Jeddah-bound flight that was carrying pilgrims for
Haj. FIA authorities said they detained the duo, identified as
Bashir Ahmed and Burhanuddin, whose names were on the Exit Control
List. Bashir was wanted by the Police in Mustang District for
attempted murder, while Burhanuddin is a suspected Al Qaeda member.
Five persons, including two women, were injured
in rocket attacks in different areas of Quetta. According to the
Police, a woman and her two children were injured when a rocket
fired from an unspecified place hit their house in Pashtoonabad.
Further, a rocket exploded in a house in Essa Nagri, injuring
two people. Separately, two houses were damaged by two rockets
in the Faqir Mohammad and Jan Mohammad areas. In addition, windowpanes
of a house were destroyed when a grenade exploded in its courtyard
in the Kalat town.
Unidentified men opened fire at two NATO containers
in the Chhoto area, some 15 kilometres from Mastung city, inuring
two persons. According to Police, two containers carrying goods
for the Afghanistan-based NATO forces were on their way when unidentified
motorcyclists opened fire at them. Muhammad Irfan, who sustained
serious injuries, was rushed to Quetta while Manzoor Ahmed was
shifted to the Mustung Headquarters Hospital.
Unidentified men planted a time bomb in front
of a sweet shop in the main bazaar of Mach town, which exploded
at 8:55 am, damaging the shop. However, no loss of life was reported.
Police in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, arrested
two suspected militants allegedly involved in bomb blasts and
damaging railway tracks and electricity poles. The Police had
arrested the suspects from a house in the Eastern Bypass area
after receiving a tip-off. They also recovered an unspecified
quantity of explosives from the suspects' possession.
Two Policemen were shot dead in
Quetta in what appeared to be a case of target killing. The Policemen,
Sardar Muhammad Samalani and Syed Amir Muhammad Khilji, were on
routine patrol on Qambrani Road when unidentified assailants opened
fire at them, Police said.
Unidentified gunmen torched four
vehicles carrying fuel for the NATO forces, the Police said. The
attack took place overnight in the Jafarbad District, south of
provincial capital Quetta. "Unidentified gunmen started firing
on a convoy of 15 oil tankers, triggering a fire and destroying
four oil tankers," District Police Chief Ghulam Farid said.
The gunmen are reported to have fled immediately.
The Federal Government unfolded
a five-tier multi-dimensional special package for the Balochistan
province - combining political, administrative and economic initiatives
- in a joint sitting of parliament. The package, named Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan,
was presented by the Pakistan People’s Party Senator Mian Raza
Rabbani, who heads the seven-member parliamentary committee, which
finalised the package in consultation with the political leadership
in parliament and other stakeholders. The five-tier package -
constitutional, political, administrative, economic and monitoring
mechanism - envisages the withdrawal of the Army from Sui that
would be replaced with the Frontier Corps, a fact-finding commission,
headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court/high court, to
probe into the death of Nawab Akbar Bugti, inquiry by the superior
judiciary into the murder of Baloch political workers, including
Ghulam Muhammad, Lala Munir and Munir Ahmed, and target killings
in the province. The package also included the release of all
political workers and withdrawal of cases against those who have
no charges, while the missing persons with charges would be brought
before a court of competent jurisdiction for trial within seven
days. Such missing persons would be allowed legal counsel of their
choice and the Government would assist them in this regard. Family
members of such persons be informed accordingly and allowed visiting
The exiled Baloch leaders rejected
the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package on the grounds
that it doesn’t go far enough to meet their main problems. Hyrbyair
Marri, the London-based leader of the Marri tribe, while opposing
any compromise with the Government called the package a "mockery
and a cruel joke" with the people of Balochistan and said
it falls short of Baloch expectations and was only an exercise
in buying more time. He said "This package is misleading.
It’s another trap set for us to convince us that the federation
pains for us and wants the solution of our miseries." Marri
said President Zardari and his Government may have good sentiments
but they were powerless and the real powers rest with the military
establishment. Mir Suleman Dawood Khan, the current Khan of Kalat,
said the Government failed to take all stakeholders on board and
didn’t consult those it didn’t like. "Baloch nationalist
parties were not consulted and only allies of the current government
were informed about it a few days ago," he said. Noordin
Mangal, another leader, said the package doesn’t address the real
problems of the Baloch people.
Three leading Balochistan tribes
- Marris, Mengals and Bugtis - described the Balochistan package
as a political gimmick and charged that it was like rubbing salt
into the wounds of the Baloch people. The late Nawab Akbar Bugti’s
son and President of the Jamhoori Watan Party, Talal Bugti, charged
that the package was prepared by the invisible forces and not
by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s team or a parliamentary
committee. "The prime minister in his address to the parliament’s
joint session said the FC would remain in Balochistan, which means,
no change in the status-quo. If they are not serious, which I
believe, we have the option to knock at the doors of the United
Nations," Talal warned. The Balochistan National Party-Mengal
Vice-President Sajid Tareen said in Quetta that what had been
announced in the package had never been the demand of Balochistan’s
people. "Our stand remains unchanged that the federating
units must be treated as per the 1940 Pakistan Resolution,"
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz
party’s chief Nawaz Sharif said that killers of Nawab Akbar Bugti
should be brought to justice for peace in Balochistan, a private
TV channel reported.
A car bomb
blast injured nine persons and damaged several vehicles and shops
in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan. Sources said that at least
nine persons, including two children, were injured when the explosion
occurred at the main gate of the Junior Assistant Colony in the
Chaman Housing Society. Police said the explosives-laden vehicle
blew up 30 minutes after unidentified men left it at the gate
of the residential colony. An Assistant Commissioner was also
injured in the blast.
station house officer and two other Policemen were injured in
a hand-grenade attack on a Police convoy on the Sabzal Road in
Quetta of Balochistan. Police sources said SHO Jamil Marri was
on routine patrol in the area when unidentified militants hurled
a hand-grenade at his vehicle.
militants hurled a grenade at a Police bus in Quetta of Balochistan.
Police sources said the bus was slightly damaged and caused no
supplying gas to Loti Gas Field in Zain Koh area was blown up
at Sui. The Police sources said unidentified militants planted
a bomb near the 16-inch pipeline, adding the explosion destroyed
a portion of the pipeline.
militants torched two NATO oil tankers in Spiny Road of Quetta.
Officials said the unidentified militants opened fire on the tankers
on Spiny Road and managed to escape from the scene.
A Baloch Senator
said there is no proof that New Delhi is fomenting trouble there
(Balochistan). In a statement that could embarrass Pakistan, which
has claimed that India is fuelling unrest in Balochistan, the
Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo said that "We don’t have a proof.
As a representative of Baloch people and a leader of a National
Party, I have no information on this. Maybe, intelligence agencies
of India and Pakistan have knowledge about it". Asking India
to realise the threat posed by terrorism in its neighbourhood,
the Senator said terror emanating from Afghanistan reached Pakistan
in no time and New Delhi should keep this fact in mind.
militants blown up two gas pipelines in separate incidents in
Dera Bugti of Balochistan, causing disruption of gas supply to
many parts of Karachi. Local sources said that unidentified militants
blew up a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline at Loti area of Dera Bugti,
which was connected to well number 2. Another 30-inch gas pipeline
passing from Sui was also damaged by unidentified militants. The
attack disrupted the supply of gas to several parts of Karachi.
of the FC were injured in Khuzdar District of Balochistan after
unidentified militants opened fire on a routine patrol party.
The FC team came under attack in Zehri area of Khuzdar while on
a routine patrol. The attackers opened fire on the FC team and
injured two personnel. The FC retaliated, but the militants managed
to escape. The injured officials were moved to a hospital where
their condition was reported to be stable. Following the incident,
the FC cordoned off the area and began a search for the attackers.
At least five suspects were detained by the FC in connection with
the attack. No group has so far accepted responsibility for the
At least three
personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary, including a DSP, were
killed and another two injured when unidentified militants opened
fire at them in Quetta of Balochistan. Sources said that DSP Habibullah
Qaisarani had left his home for office when the militants, riding
a motorcycle, ambushed his car on the Jail Road. Habibullah, Assistant
Sub-Inspector Muhammad Aslam and Constable Shafiq Ahmed died on
the spot. The driver of the van, Nazeer Ahmed, and another constable
Muhammad Yasir were injured in the attack.
were killed and another two sustained serious injuries in a landmine
explosion in Phelawagh village of Dera Bugti in Balochistan on.
The deceased were identified as Saifullah and Shah Gul, who were
killed when their vehicle hit a landmine in Phelawagh village.
A bomb blast
near a hotel in Sibi of Balochistan injured the driver of a NATO
oil tanker and damaged his vehicle. Police sources said the drivers
parked the oil tankers near a local hotel in Sibi at night, during
which, unidentified militants placed two boxes filled with explosives
under the tankers. The explosives detonated as soon as the driver
switched on the engine in the morning, injuring the driver and
damaging the vehicle.
including a union council nazim (member) from the Pakistan PML-Q,
were killed at Sultan Ibrahim Road in Khuzdar of Balochistan after
unidentified militants riding motorcycle fired at a garage. Local
Police sources said, Abdul Rasheed, a union council nazim belonging
to the PML-Q, was killed while he was having his vehicle repaired
at a garage on Sultan Ibrahim Road. The firing also resulted in
the death of a mechanic identified as Muhammad Riaz.