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Balochistan minister escapes bomb attack by Baloch Liberation Front

Balochistan minister escapes bomb attack by Baloch Liberation FrontQuetta, Oct 15(ANI): Balochistan minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri has escaped an attempt on his life near Surab in Kalat district.

Sardar Zehri, who is provincial convener of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and chief of Jhalawan, was reportedly going to Anjira after addressing public meetings in Surab and Gidar when a bomb attack took place.

“The bomb was detonated by remote control when the convoy was about 10km from Surab,” the Dawn quoted sources, as saying.

Two police personnel among three killed in Quetta blast

Quetta, Mar. 21 : At least three persons, including two police personnel were killed and over 14 others injured in a bomb blast in Quetta, the capital town of Balochistan, on Sunday.

According to eyewitnesses, the bomb, planted in a bicycle, exploded just when a police vehicle was passing by.

The blast occurred in a residential area near the residence of Mehmood Khan Achakzai, leader of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party.

Relief and rescue teams arrived on the spot soon after the blast and shifted the injured and dead to near by hospitals.

The blast was so powerful that it rattled several nearby buildings, shops and vehicles, The News reports.

Nawaz Sharif says punishing Bugti’s killers would resolve Balochistan’s problems:

Nawaz Sharif says punishing Bugti’s killers would resolve Balochistan’s problems:Quetta, Jan. 5 : Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that resolution of the Balochistan issue is interlinked with the punishment for the murderers of Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and the immediate “release” of all missing citizens.

The Daily Times quoted Sharif as saying that Pervez Musharraf had killed Nawab Bugti “out of personal grudge and frustration... otherwise Bugti was a patriotic Pakistani who adhered to the constitution of Pakistan throughout his life”.

Baloch leaders call withdrawal of cases against nationalist leaders ‘cosmetic effort’

 Baloch leaders call withdrawal of cases against nationalist leaders ‘cosmetic effort’Quetta (Balochistan), Dec. 10 : Baloch leaders have rejected the provincial government’s decision to withdraw nearly 89 cases against various nationalist leaders, terming it as a ‘cosmetic effort’ by the government to pacify the annoyed leaders.

It may be noted that Chief Minister Aslam Raisani had directed the authorities to withdraw cases pending against various Baloch leaders, including Brahamdagh Bugti, Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Jamil Bugti.

‘Big terrorist’ America creating anarchy in Pak to declare nukes unsafe: JI chief

‘Big terrorist’ America creating anarchy in Pak to declare nukes unsafe: JI chiefQuetta, Dec. 8 : Blaming the United States for the creating anarchy in the country, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan has said that America is working to declare Pakistan’s nuclear establishments unsafe.

Replying to questions during a press conference, Hassan said Washington was trying to destabilise Pakistan through the notorious private security firm, Blackwater.

Blast outside DIG office kills two in Quetta

Blast outside DIG office kills two in QuettaQuetta (Balochistan), Nov. 17 : At least two persons were killed and six others, including Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations (OPS) received injuries when a powerful bomb blast ripped through the Spinny road area of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, on Tuesday morning.

According to television reports, DIG Nizam Shahid Durrani and his driver were also hurt in the blast which occurred just outside his office.

Eyewitnesses said the bomb was planted in a motorcycle parked outside the DIG office building, and exploded just when the Durrani was passing by.

17 injured in two grenade attacks in Quetta

17 injured in two grenade attacks in QuettaQuetta (Balochistan), Nov. 8 : At least 17 people, including a student and security personnel were injured in two separate grenade attacks in different parts of Quetta, the capital of the insurgency hit Balochistan province.

According eyewitnesses, unidentified miscreants hurled hand grenades at the Government Girls’ High School located at Mannu Jan Road during school hours. The grenades landed on the rooftop of the school, injuring two teachers besides wounding a student.

The second attack took place at Meezan Chowk, a busy intersection of the city.

Iran seals ‘zero point’ at Pakistan border

Iran seals ‘zero point’ at Pakistan borderQuetta (Pakistan), Nov. 4 : Iran has closed down its border with Pakistan in the Taftan area of Balochistan, which has affected thousands of daily labourers in the region.

According to sources, over 25,000 daily wage earners have been affected adversely by the closure of the ‘zero point’ between both the countries.

Prices of petroleum products have increased suddenly in the region by over 20 to 25 rupees per litre, The News reports.

Police seize hundreds of stolen NATO wireless sets in Quetta

Police seize hundreds of stolen NATO wireless sets in QuettaQuetta, Sep 10: Quetta police has arrested three people and seized hundreds of wireless sets, which were stolen from NATO supply containers, during a raid on a warehouse in Pakistan's Spini area.

Earlier, militants had burnt eight NATO tankers in Quetta and fled with the biggest haul of wireless devices.

PML-Q supports Jamil Bugti’s decision to register case against Musharraf

PML-Q supports Jamil Bugti’s decision to register case against MusharrafQuetta, Aug. 31 : PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Husain has said that his party supports Jamil Bugti’s decision to register a case against former president Pervez Musharraf and prime minister Shaukat Aziz for conspiring his father Akbar Bugti’s assassination.

The Daily Times quoted Husain as saying that a fair trial would be conducted against the killers of the Baloch nationalist leader. He added that the PML-Q would not apologise to the Baloch people for the actions his party took while in power.

Rocket attack kills two in Balochistan, even as PM talks of progress

Rocket attack kills two in Balochistan, even as PM talks of progressQuetta/Islamabad, Aug. 22 : Even as Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani talked about progress being made in Balochistan, the country''s largest province, a rocket attack in the Mashkel area near the Pakistan-Iran border killed two people and wounded two others on Saturday.

According to the Dawn, militants fired 14 rockets in the Mashkel area of Washuk district, most of which landed in deserted places.

Balochistan CM faints during Independence Day ceremony

Balochistan CM faints during Independence Day ceremonyQuetta (Balochistan, Pakistan), Aug. 14 : Balochistan Chief Minister, Nawab Aslam Raisani, fell unconscious on Friday while delivering a rather interesting speech at an Independence Day ceremony here.

Before he was taken away by paramedics, Raisani said the sense of deprivation among the smaller ethnic groups is the result of the non-implementation of the 1940 Lahore resolution in letter and spirit and that there is an `urgent need' to `reconsider' the 1973 constitution.

Offensive proves Pak territory being used to destabilize Afghanistan: Abdullah

Offensive proves Pak territory being used to destabilize Afghanistan: AbdullahQuetta (Pakistan) June 16 : Afghanistan's presidential hopeful Dr Abdullah Abdullah has said that the ongoing military operation against the Taliban in Pakistan proves that "Pakistani territory is being used by the Taliban and their supporters to destabilize Pakistan, Afghanistan and the entire region".

Addressing a press conference, Abdullah urged hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan to vote for him in the August elections.

1 killed, 35 injured in train bomb blast in Balochistan

Pakistan’s maritime area increases by 50,000 km after UN nodQuetta, June 11 : One person has reportedly been killed and 35 others injured in a bomb blast that took place in a local train traveling from Karachi to Quetta, the capital of Pakistan''s southwestern Balochistan province.

According to the sources, the bomb was hidden in a toilet, and exploded when the train was about 45 kilometres away from its destination (Quetta).

Gilani says India, Pakistan can’t afford war

Swat deal an unlikely model for reconciliation with TalibanQuetta, June 11 : Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said India and Pakistan cannot afford to be engaged in military combat.

Addressing national and foreigner army officers at the Command and Staff College here, Gilani said neither Pakistan nor India could afford war and expressed his desire that bilateral talks between both countries should resume as soon as possible.

40 Pakistanis to walk on fire to prove their innocence

40 Pakistanis to walk on fire to prove their innocenceQuetta (Pakistan), June 6 : Tribal chiefs in Pakistan's Dera Bugti district have told 40 people that they will have to walk on burning coal to prove their innocence.

According to the Daily Times, the newly-elected chief of the Bugti tribe, Mir Aali Bugti has decided to give a `trial by fire' to 40 people allegedly involved in various criminal cases.

The exercise has not been held for the last two years due to the absence of a tribal chief.

Iran shuts border point with Pakistan following mosque attack

Iran shuts border point with Pakistan following mosque attackQuetta (Pakistan), June 1 : In the wake of recent attack on a mosque that killed 25 people in the border city of Zahedan, Iran has decided to close the zero point along the Pak-Iran border.

As a result, bilateral trade and movement of the people have also been suspended.

On Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Pakistan's Ambassador to Iran Muhammad Bux Abbasi and served a demarche on him for the bloody mosque bombing.

Anti-peace forces behind Baluch leaders’ killings

Anti-peace forces behind Baluch leaders’ killingsQuetta, Apr. 9 : Senior Vice President of the National Party and Senator Hasil Bizenjo on Thursday announced plans for a shutter-down strike and three days of mourning in Balochistan in protest against the slaying of three Baloch leaders in Turbat.

Addressing a news conference here, Bizenjo said that anti-peace forces were responsible for the assassinations of Balochistan National Movement (BNM) President Ghulam Muhammad Baloch, Senior Vice President Lala Munir Ahmed and BRP central leader Sher Muhammad Baloch.

Baloch CM says drone attacks will tarnish Obama’s global image

 Baloch CM says drone attacks will tarnish Obama’s global imageQuetta, Mar. 21 : Balochistan Chief Minister Muhammad Aslam Raisani has said drone attacks in Balochistan will tarnish President Barack Obama's global image.

"We do not have to panic about published reports about possible drone attacks. I will soon meet the American ambassador to convey our concerns to her. This issue would be brought to the attention of President Asif Ali Zardari and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as well," the Daily Times quoted him, as saying.

Abductors ready to trade UN official for missing Quetta tailor

Abductors ready to trade UN official for missing Quetta tailorQuetta (Pakistan), Mar. 15 : A mysterious insurgent group has said that it is ready to trade John Solecki, the American chief of the U. N. refugee office for the 1,100 people who have gone missing since 2000.

They have said that they are a ready to exchange Solecki for missing Pakistani tailor Ali Asghar Bangulzai and others.

In Baluchistan, Solecki''s kidnapping appears to reflect growing nationalist sentiment among ethnic Baluch tribes, for whom the connection to militant Islam remains murky.



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