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Bomb Blasts by Baloch Republican Army at Naseerabad killed four in Balochistan

March 17, 2011

he separatist Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the attack in Naseerabad. — Photo by AP

Balochistan kills four in Balochistan

QUETTA: Two separate bomb attacks on paramilitary convoys in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province on Thursday (17th March 2011) killed four people including three soldiers, officials said.

The separatist Baloch Republican Army claimed responsibility for the first attack, in which a remotely-detonated roadside bomb hit a convoy in Naseerabad district, 430 kilometres southeast of Quetta.

“Two soldiers and a passer-by were killed and seven others were wounded. One vehicle was also badly damaged,” Abdul Jabbar Jatoi, a senior administrative official told AFP.

A second bomb, planted in a car and also detonated remotely, went off later in the outskirts of Quetta, killing another soldier and wounding three others, police said.

“One soldier died in hospital, three others are under medical treatment,” Hasan Buzdar, a police official in Quetta told AFP.

An official of the Paramilitary Frontier Corps in Quetta confirmed the incidents.

Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, has seen a surge in violence recently, with the province suffering from a separatist insurgency, sectarian violence and Taliban militants.

Hundreds of people have died since militants rose up in 2004 demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the region’s natural oil, gas and mineral resources.

Courtesy : Dawn and AP.

Five militant groups banned in Balochistan || Two killed in an explosion at Karachi

September 8, 2010

Interior Minister Rehman Malik. — Photo by AFP

Pak Govt bans five militant groups in Balochistan

Wed, 08 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 28, 1431

QUETTA: Pakistan announced a ban on five militant groups operating in the restive southwest and froze their assets on Wednesday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said.

Violence has surged this year in Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran and is rife with separatist unrest as well as militancy and sectarian violence.

“Today five of them have been proscribed. They will not be allowed to undertake any activity, their offices will be closed and action will be taken against their office bearers,” Malik told reporters.

“Their bank accounts have also been seized,” said Malik, speaking in Quetta, where a suicide bomber killed 59 people on Friday at a Shia Muslim rally.

The banned groups are the Balochistan Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Front, Balochistan Liberation United Front, Baloch Defaee Tanzeem and Lashkar-e-Balochistan, Malik said.

Malik said any organisation using the terms “liberation”, “military” or “Lashkar” (army) in Balochistan would also face a ban.

The interior minister also announced that the federal government had given Balochistan’s Chief Minister the authority to award police powers to the Frontier Constabulary (FC) to tackle the province’s law and order situation.

Malik said every law enforcement action in the province will be led by the police, adding that this involves targeted action based on intelligence inputs.

He said police and FC will gather the intelligence in this regard and denied saying that there would be a Swat-style operation in the province.—AFP/DawnNews

Alertpak says :But it is not clear that how the same “liberation”, “military” or “Lashkar” (army) names will be tagged with other Pak Terrorists Groups in other provinces in Pakistan ?

This is simply a matter of persecution of Balooch People who wants autonomy within Pakistan. Balooch are not Talibans. Then why this discrimination upon Balooch people ??

Explosion near hub-chowki in Karachi on 8th Sept. 2010. – AP Photo

Two killed in an explosion near Hub chowki

No Peace in Ramazan

Wed, 08 Sep, 2010 | Ramazan 28, 1431

KARACHI: In an explosion near Rind market in Hub chowki on Wednesday, two people died while eight were injured.

The injured were shifted to Hub civil hospital immediately where two of the injured succumbed to their injuries.

Those severely injured were shifted to a hospital in Karachi. Few of the injured were sent home after treatment.

The nature of the explosion has not been determined yet. – Dawn News

Alertpak says : No Peace in Ramazan.

Courtesy : AP, AFP and Dawn.

Top Baloch leader’s killing sparks riots in Pakistan

September 2, 2009

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Balochistan reels under violence

ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: A leading Baloch nationalist leader was found dead more than a week after he was abducted by armed men, triggering violent protests in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province that claimed at least two lives.

The body of Balochistan National Movement leader Rasool Baksh Mengal, which was found hanging from a tree in Lasbela district of Balochistan on Monday, bore marks of torture, reports said.

FROM QUETTA – A shutter down strike and wheel-jam was observed on Tuesday in different parts of Balochistan while angry rioters took out rallies and protested against the killing of Baloch National Movement (BNM) Central Joint Secretary Rasool Bakhsh Mengal.
The protesters torched three banks, Judicial Magistrate House, 4 vehicles, SHO’s house and ransacked offices of Qazi Court, telephone exchange in different towns of Balochistan. Over 15 women including five children were wounded due to baton-charge and tear gas shelling.protest
Rasool Bakhsh went missing on August 23 from Uthal area of Lasbela district and his body was found by police on August 31 from Bela area of the same district.
The call for the strike was given by the Baloch National Front which was also supported by all other Baloch nationalist parties.
In Quetta, main trading centers and shopping plazas remained opened and a partial wheel-jam strike was observed. However, business activities remained standstill in Baloch populated areas.
The attendance in the offices was also remained thin while educational institutes remained completely closed.
The administration had taken strict security steps to avert any untoward incident and mobile squads of police, Frontier Corps and Balochistan Constabulary continued patrolling the City.
Wheel jam strike also paralysed traffic on national highways linking Quetta with Taftan and Karachi.Unknown persons set a truck on fire and pelted vehicles with stones in different parts of Quetta while the activists of nationalist parties tied black ribbons on their arms to mourn the murder of BNM leader.
An explosive device planted outside a marriage hall at Spini Road went off with a huge bang smashing windowpanes of the building and caused damage to a electricity transformer. However, no loss of life was reported in the blast.

Mengal, a well-known human rights activist, was abducted by unidentified men on August 23. Mengal’s son had accused intelligence agencies of abducting him.

Two persons of Punjabi-origin were killed as violence broke out in various Baloch-dominated districts last evening after Mengal’s body was found. Protesters set fire to banks and government offices in Maskhy area.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday accused intelligence agencies of being behind the murder and abduction of Mengal.