(PAKISTAN) #Earthquake Report: At least 20 people have been killed after an earthquake struck southern Balochistan province early on Thursday, officials have told the BBC #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.08: Authorities say the death toll may increase, and that many people were killed when structures collapsed: Many of the dead were women and children, the Reuters news agency said.

#AceDailyNews says that according to reports that on Thursday Pakistan was hit by a 5.7-magnitude #earthquake according to the US Geological Survey who said it was a 5.9 magnitude quake that struck at a shallow depth of 9km. Shallow quakes can cause more damage that has killed at least 20-people and local official say up to 150-injured in Balochistan province but these figures may rise

People shift an injured victim, after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake with a shallow depth of nine kilometers struck Harnai, to a hospital in Quetta, Balochistan province, Pakistan, 7 October 2021.
Several children were injured in the earthquake in Balochistan

Local officials told BBC Urdu that at least 150 others are thought to have been injured, with several of them rushed to hospital in critical condition. 

Rescue operations are under way, and local media reported that military doctors and paramedics have reached earthquake hit areas to assist with relief efforts. 

A number of critically injured people were air-evacuated to the provincial capital Quetta in Pakistan army helicopters. 

Some people were treated on stretchers with medics using phones as torches, Reuters said.

More than 100 mud houses have collapsed and a large number of buildings were damaged, leaving hundreds of people homeless, an official told the agency. 

Sending his condolences via Twitter, Prime Minister Imran Khan said: “I have ordered immediate assistance on an emergency basis for the Harnai, Balochistan, earthquake victims & for an immediate assessment of the damage for timely relief & compensation.”

EPA: Injured people in Quetta were rushed to hospitals

Yazdani TareenImages from Balochistan showed collapsed walls and houses

Images on social media showed people in the provincial capital of Quetta out on the streets in the aftermath.

Magnitude of a 5.9 #earthquake originated in #Harnai and jolted various parts of Balochistan including Quetta Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/o6DCjaSkCe— Malik Ali Raza (@MalikAliiRaza) October 7, 2021

Much of the damage appears to have affected the Harnai district, officials said.

Harnai, which is located east of Quetta, has a large number of coal mines which could collapse during quakes.

Balochistan’s interior minister Mir Ziaullah Langu told the BBC that emergency services had been dispatched to the area. 

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Oct.08: 2021:

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(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: A suicide bomber has attacked a motorcade of Chinese personnel, injuring one Chinese national and killing two local children, according to the nation’s Chinese embassy #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: The Chinese embassy in Pakistan strongly condemns this act of terrorism, extends its sincere sympathies to the injured of both countries, and expresses its deep condolences to the innocent victims in Pakistan,” it said in a statement.

#AceDailyNews says that according to the embassy the attack happened on Friday evening at the Gwadar East Bay Expressway project in Balochistan, in south-western Pakistan….The statement said several wounded people were sent to a hospital in Gwadar for treatment.

Locals gather around a bus that rolled down a ravine after an explosion in a remote province of Pakistan.
Pakistan authorities said last month’s suicide bombing in northern Pakistan was carried out by Islamist militants.(AP Photo)

The embassy called on Pakistan’s authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident and severely punish the perpetrators.

According to Pakistan’s ARY News, the attacker detonated himself about 15 metres from the motorcade at 7:00pm local time.

Two children, playing nearby, died in the attack while two others were injured, it added.

Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting, described the attack as “a game of sabotage”.

“[The] attack in Gawader is just another expression of game of sabotage against economic vision of great leadership of China and Pakistan,” Mr Chaudhry wrote.

In July, a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying workers to a dam construction site in northern Pakistan, killing 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistani Taliban militants known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were behind those attacks.

The TTP said it was not involved.

Beijing is investing more than $US65 billion ($91 million) in infrastructure projects in Pakistan as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, under its wider Belt and Road initiative.

Analysts say China has geopolitical ambitions that extend to both Pakistan and Indian Kashmir. 

A Chinese tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily called the bus blast the most serious attack on Chinese nationals in recent years.

Reuters/ABC

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Aug.23: 2021:

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' 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.

Ace Related News:
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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1. April 25 – http://tinyurl.com/m96a5om
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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

#ANS2014

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