' Militants Blow-Up Gas Pipeline in Balochistan's Dera Bugti District '

#AceWorldNews – QUETTA: – July 12 – Militants blown up a gas pipeline Saturday morning in Balochistan’s Dera Bugti district, a security official said.

The official who denied to be named told Dawn by telephone that militants had planted explosive materials close to a gas pipeline in Dera Bugti’s Pir Koh area. "The explosive material went off with a big bang", he said.

The blast damaged a 16-inch gas pipeline. The official stated that the blast caused suspension of gas supply to gas purification plant.

Frontier Corps and levies personnel reached the spot and started investigation into the incident. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

However, the official suspects Baloch insurgents could be behind the incident. Militants in Dera Bugti have been targeting vital national installation and security forces for last decade.

Shyed Ali Shah @ Dawn News Agency

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` TTP Splinter Group Hakimullah Mehsud Claim Responsibility for Kidnap of Chinese Tourist Hong xu Dong ‘

#AceWorldNews – PESHAWAR: May 21 – A Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group, of the Hakimullah Mehsud faction claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the kidnapping of Chinese tourist Hong xu Dong from Dera Ismail Khan on Monday.

The abducted Chinese tourist had been travelling from Lahore to Balochistan via Khyber Paktunkhwa. He was kidnapped from the Darban area of Dera Ismail Khan.

Security forces had recovered a cycle from Garah Mehmood along with the belongings of the tourist from the spot.

Abdullah Bahar, who claimed to be a commander of the Hakimullah Mehsud faction of TTP splinter group led by Sheryar Mehsud alleged in a telephonic interview that “we have kidnapped the Chinese tourist from Daraban and he is in our custody.”

He further stated that the Chinese tourist was abducted to force Pakistani authorities to release TTP fighters in their custody.

Regarding the location of the kidnapped tourist, Bahar said Hong xu Dong had been shifted to a “safe area” and is in the custody of TTP Sheryar Mehsud group fighters.

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1. DWN – 21/05/2014 – http://tinyurl.com/ou4ubhe

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` Marking Press Freedom Day as Journalists Marched the Roads of Quetta to Mourn Killings of Colleagues ‘

#AceNewsServices – QUETTA – May 02 – To mark the World Press Freedom Day, journalists marched on the roads of Quetta to mourn the killings of colleagues and voice for freedom of speech and expression on Saturday.

The members of Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) staged a protest rally outside the Quetta Press Club to mark the International Press Freedom Day.

The journalists were carrying placards and banners inscribed with slogans demanding the arrest of journalists’ killers and compensation to the affected families.

The BUJ demanded functioning of the judicial commission already formed by Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch to probe the killings of journalists in Balochistan, Pakistan’s volatile and least developed province.

“We want the commission to probe the murder of our colleagues,” Shehzada Zulfiqar, a senior official of the BUJ told Dawn.com.

More than 30 journalists have been killed in Quetta and other troubled parts of Balochistan during last more than seven years.

“The murderers are still at large, despite our repeated appeals,” Zulfiqar said.

The protesters chanted full-throated slogans for freedom of expression and speech and demanded an end to impunity in the province, plagued by violent attacks by militants.

The rally turned into a protest demonstration outside Quetta Press Club where senior journalists addressed the protesting media men. They lashed out at law enforcers for their inability to bring the perpetrators of journalists’ killings to book.

“We stand for freedom of expression, despite all odds,” Khaliq Baloch, the Secretary General of QPC said.

Apart from working journalists, a large number of hawkers also participated in the rally to mark the International Press Freedom Day.

The journalists demanded protection and expressed concerned voice over increasing polarisation in the media.

“We will not bow down our heads before any pressure,” Khudai Noor Nasar, a young journalist who works for Radio Mashaal told Dawn.com.

Nasar urged upon the journalists to bury their hatchet and struggle for common cause of freedom of expression and speech.

Balochistan is considered to be the most dangerous province in Pakistan for journalists.

With New York size population of 8 million people, more than 30 journalists have lost their lives in their struggle to inform, educate the people about the unfolding stories in Pakistan’s geographically largest province.

DAWN – PAKISTAN NEWS – AGENCIES

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` Pakistan’s Increased Violence against Security Forces has Taken its Toll on Innocent Civilian’s ‘

#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD – April 25 – A bomb targeting security forces killed three people and wounded 25 others in Pakistan’s south-west, officials said.

The bomb, which was rigged to a bicycle, exploded near a group of soldiers and police patrolling in a vehicle in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province.

“At least three people including two policemen were killed and 25 others wounded in the blast,” Samiullah Soomro, a senior local police official, told AFP news agency.

He said eight of the wounded, including six policemen and two Frontier Constabulary officials, were in a critical condition.

Zahid bin Maqsood, a senior local administration official, also confirmed the incident and casualties.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A powerful bomb exploded Friday in an up-scale residential area of southern Pakistan, killing at least four people, authorities said.

The attack in the neighbourhood of Clifton in Karachi, the capital of southern Sindh province, also wounded 25 people.

The bomb badly damaged several vehicles and a nearby multi-story building.

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` United Baloch Army Separatist Group claims `Responsibility ' for ` Rawalpindi Train ' Explosion in Quetta '

#AceNewsServices – ISLAMABAD/QUETTA – April 09 – (DAWN) – United Baloch Army (UBA) – a separatist militant outfit in Balochistan – has claimed responsibility of the deadly terrorist attack in Sabzi Mandi area of the capital city that killed at least 24 people and wounded more than 115 on Wednesday.

Speaking to media representatives over telephone, spokesman for UBA Mureed Baloch said the rebel Baloch group has carried out the attack in retaliation to military’s ongoing operation in Balochistan’s Kalat district.

The United Baloch Army had also claimed responsibility of deadly train attack in Sibi yesterday. At least 17 people, two women and four children among them, burned to death and over 45 were injured in a powerful explosion in a carriage of a Rawalpindi-bound train at the Sibi station on Tuesday.

Acting Inspector General of Islamabad police, Khalid Khattak, said that at least two dozen people had died and more than a hundred wounded in today’s place early morning explosion in Islamabad’s vegetable market.

Police and rescue teams rushed to the site of the incident after the explosion occurred.

Initial reports suggest that the explosive material was planted inside a box containing fruits.

Police said that a remote controlled bomb containing five kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast.

Ace Related News – April 08 – 10.32 GMT – #AceWorldNews – QUETTA – April 08 – (DWN) – A blast in a train at Balochistan’s Sibi railway station on Tuesday killed at least four persons and wounded several others, DawnNews reported.http://wp.me/p165ui-4Hf

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