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BALOCHISTAN: The rape/Zina cases saw a decrease from 66 to 44

By Ansar Abbasi Monday, March 15, 2010 Balochistan: The province of Balochistan has generally been a low crime rate province, but it too showed an increase in crime rate during the last two years. The total crime registered in 2006 and 2007 in the province was 7,696 and 8,343 respectively. Now these numbers have increased to 9,830 and 10,215 in 2008 and 2009 respectively. The details show that the murder cases in Balochistan have increased from 703 to 1,211 in the last two years; however, the rape/Zina cases saw a decrease from 66 to 44 . The case of kidnapping increased from 258 to 389, but the incidents of kidnapping from ransom jumped up from mere 6 in 2006-07 to 58 in 2008-09. The cases of car theft also enormously increased in the province, where a total of 1,216 vehicles were stolen in 2006-07, but in 2008-09 such reported cases rose to 2,261. ISLAMABAD: Overall crime rate in the country is today higher than what it wa

The demise of a ‘good-for-nothing bandit’

By Amineh Soghdi in Asia Times Online KERMAN, Iran – The arrest of Iranian Sunni Islamic militant Abdulmalik Rigi means the end of his Jundallah (Army of God) group, some analysts believe, and has been widely welcomed in the southeastern Sistan and Balochistan province where it operates. Rigi was captured after a Kyrgyz passenger plane in which he was traveling was forced to land in Iran on February 23 by Iranian fighters. Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi was quoted as saying that Rigi had ties to a number of intelligence services including the United States Central Intelligence Agency. He said Rigi carried a US-issued Afghan passport and visited a US base in Afghanistan hours before being captured. US officials were quoted as saying the charges were bogus. Contrary to reports in Arab and Western media, Jundallah – a small cell that claimed to be defending the rights of the country’s ethnic Baloch Sunni Muslim minority – never had much popular support. Jundallah declared it

Raisani rings Premier discusses Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani on Sunday telephoned Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and discussed Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan. During the telephonic conversation, the Premier invited Chief Minister Balochistan for participation in upcoming cabinet meeting on March 17. The Premier said the government accords high priority to socio-economic development of Balochistan to usher in a new era of peace, progress and prosperity in the province, sources informed Online. He hoped that the fast track development would bring the resource rich province at par with other developed regions of the country. During the Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister said, development so far made with regard to implementation on Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan would be reviewed. Chief Minister Balochistan thanked Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani for taking keen interest to resolve Balochistan issue.

Ex-general wants end to agencies’ meddling in Balochistan

Sunday, March 14, 2010 By By Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: Former governor Balochistan Lt-Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Saturday called for an end to what he called perennial interference of civil and military agencies in civilian matters in the province. “What people expect from this democratic dispensation after the unveiling of the Balochistan package is that the civil and military agencies will stop interference in civilian matters, but so far it is felt, this has not happened,” he said in an informal chat with The News here. Abdul Qadir cautioned that the situation across Balochistan could go beyond control if the establishment declined to pull back from the civilian affairs. Asked for his comment on recruitment initiative of the Army from the province, the former corps commander welcomed it, but insisted that it could attract the inhabitants more significantly in case a mobile recruitment move was launched, covering all districts in the province. “I don’t think the people will

'Gas cos were responsible for Bugti-govt tiff'

By: Jawad R Awan | Published: March 15, 2010 LAHORE – Gas companies are stated to have played a major role in creating misunderstandings between Nawab Akbar Bugti Shaheed and the corridors of power for their vested interests, and they still are treading the same path, asserted Nawabzada Aali Bugti. The chief of Bugti tribe made this assertion during an exclusive chat with TheNation on Sunday.According to him, the companies are still trying to do the same, ignoring the fact that Shaheed was pleading for not only the rightful demands of his tribesmen but the entire Baloch people. About unmasking those involved in Balochistan violence, he remarked that foreign forces were provoking the disgruntled Baloch people. Under the situation, the government should take concrete steps to address their problems if it really wanted to ensure peace in the volatile province, he added. Commenting on the ‘Aaghaz Haqooq-i-Balochistan Package’, Aali Bugti said he was not satisfied with the package, a

Family members of Baloch missing persons start long march Published: March 15, 2010 QUETTA - Over two dozens relatives of various Baloch missing persons started a long march from the provincial capital to Islamabad to press the government for an early recovery missing people.The group of relatives led by Chairman Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) Nasrullah Baloch, a Balochistan based organisation working for the recovery of missing persons, is planned to reach Islamabad on Monday where they would observe hunger strike, organise protest demonstrations and meet officials of human rights organisations. Talking to The Nation, Nasrullah Baloch said they had organised hunger strike camps, took out rallies and staged demonstrations across the province to draw the attention of govt and humanitarian organisations to the serious issue of missing persons but the federal government failed to heed the demand. “While announc

Merger of Balochistan’s Pakhtoon areas with NWFP

Monday, March 15, 2010 By By Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) has rejected a demand by the Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP), supported by the Awami National Party (ANP) and all the Baloch nationalist parties for merger of Pakhtoon areas of Balochistan with the NWFP, The News learnt here. Sources privy to the PCCR told this correspondent that all the three parties, leading strength-wise in the two chambers of parliament, strongly objected to the demand by Mehmood Khan Achakzai’s party. “The PPP, PML-N and PML-Q, all these parties openly objected to this demand, as they believe it would trigger a new controversy, which the Federation could not afford,” these sources said. These parties were of the view that in case the demand was met, the communities in other provinces such as Mohajirs, Seraikis and Hazaras could rise for a separate status. However, the legislators of these parties held out an assurance to the PkMAP that they

Jr.Muneer Mengal at Bangkok Conference

BALOCHISTAN CONFERENCE: Pics of Muneer Mengal & Family