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Showing posts from February 9, 2010

Militants blow-up gas pipeline in Balochistan

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 22:12:34 GMT Policemen examine a damaged gas pipeline in Quetta that was blown up by suspected militants last February (File photo). Suspected militants have blown up a key gas pipeline in the southwestern Balochistan province disrupting supplies to major Pakistani cities. Police said that in a pre-dawn attack on Monday, militants dynamited a main gas pipeline located in the western bypass in the provincial capital Quetta and fled towards the nearby hills, a Press TV correspondent reported. Following the attacks, security has been further tightened at the gas installations in Sui, Loti, Pir, Koh and Ouch. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. The region has been hit by similar attacks in recent months. The 2001 US-led invasion led to the Taliban spillover across the border into Pakistan's troubled Balochistan Province, leading to increased militancy there.

Baloch fears of bloody revolution

SAHIWAL: Secretary General Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Liaqat Baloch has warned of bloody revolution if the incumbent ruler failed to control the situation. Talking to media men here on Sunday, Secretary General JI said that if the democratic process failed then it would be difficult for everyone to control the situation. Responding to a question, Liaqat Baloch said that the rulers cannot abolish 17th Amendment as women’s seats, the age limit of 18 years for voters and Local Bodies Elections were part of the amendment and their removal would destroy the entire system. The JI leader said that the rulers and friendly opposition criticizing JI over its support on 17th Amendment but the delay by both the parties in abolishing the amendment raises questions. On the concept of mid term elections, Liaqat Baloch said that there was no provision of med term elections in the constitution of 1973 and demanded the holding o Local Bodies Elections on the party basis.

Editorial: Helmand offensive

As thousands of US Marines leading a Nato and Afghan offensive on Marjah in Helmand province prepare their assault, the 2,000 or so Taliban fighters in the region seem to be digging in for what promises to be a very bloody battle. Marjah is considered the centre of the area controlled by the Taliban, a place from where it is also reported the drugs trade helps fill Taliban coffers. The coalition forces have been beating the drum loudly to warn of the impending attack, in a transparent attempt to get some if not all the Taliban to lay down their arms even before a single shot is fired. But on the evidence of the reports from the area, this has had if anything the opposite effect, with the Taliban vowing to resist till death. The only impact of the loud drum beating has been a mass exodus of the 80,000 residents of Marjah to escape the onslaught. Considering that reports speak of this being the biggest military attack mounted by the US since the Vietnam war, and the most extensive air bo