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Twelve killed in bomb blast on Pakistani train

By | April 9th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

At least 12 passengers were killed and more than 30 wounded on Tuesday when militants bombed a train in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, hospital sources and officials said. The blast came a day after Pakistani security forces said they had killed 30 separatist militants in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich province. There [...]

Rights violations, mass killings in Baluchistan discussed at UNHRC in Geneva

By | March 14th, 2014|Categories: Events, Recent News|

Human rights activists, political leaders, Baluch nationalists and students from various parts of the world gathered in Geneva on March 10 to raise the issue of human rights violations in Pakistan's province of Baluchistan.  The event titled "Human Rights, Regional Security and Perspectives for Baluchistan and Pakistan Post-2014" was held at Palace of Nations, Geneva on the [...]

Case of Czech women abducted in Pakistan remains open after year

By | March 12th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

The review of events linked to the abduction of two young Czech female tourists in Pakistan on March 13, 2013, an incident that remains unsettled after one year: - The two Czech women, then aged 24, were kidnapped in Pakistan's southwestern province Baluchistan where they arrived from the neighbouring Iran as tourists. They were heading for [...]

Report foreign affairs committee meeting in Dutch House of Representatives

By | March 11th, 2014|Categories: Events|

Report foreign affairs committee meeting in Dutch House of Representatives Activity: special hearing Location: foreign affairs committee of the Dutch parliament, The Hague, Netherlands Date: Tuesday 4th March Time: 1800-1900 CET Subject: human rights violations of ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan On Tuesday 4th March, Middle East Forum for Development organised a special hearing regarding [...]

EU should not remain silent over ‘horrendous’ human rights violations in Pakistan

By | March 6th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

The increasing evidence of widespread human rights violations highlight the need for the EU to strengthen its role in the troubled region of Baluchistan, says Niccolò Rinaldi Baluchistan is one of the most troubled and poorest provinces of Pakistan. Bordering with Afghanistan and Iran, Baluchistan is rich in oil, gas, and minerals, but nevertheless its development [...]

Bomb derails train in South-West Pakistan, kills 8

By | February 18th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

A bomb placed by an ethnic separatist group derailed a train in southwest Pakistan on Sunday, killing eight people, police and the militants said. Three of the dead were children and another 20 people were wounded by the blast in Kashmor district, which caused several train cars to run off the track, said police official Mohammad [...]

Pakistan among most dangerous countries for journalists

By | February 13th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

Pakistan remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual report released Wednesday, with the restive province of Baluchistan a hotspot for violence. Seven reporters were killed in the line of duty in 2013, the report said, blaming the government's "unwillingness to administer [...]

A least eight killed, six injured in tribal clash in Karachi

By | February 10th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

Police have confirmed eight dead and six injured in clashes between two tribes in the southwestern Baluchistan province Sunday Eight people have been killed, and six injured in armed clashes between two tribes in the southwestern Baluchistan province Sunday, according to police and locals. Clashes erupted early Sunday morning, when armed members of the powerful Bugti [...]

Bomb Kills One in SW Pakistan

By | January 31st, 2014|Categories: Articles|

A bomb destroyed a pickup truck at a petrol pump in southwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing one person and wounding 12 others, police said. The explosion took place in the Naseerabad district of Baluchistan province, some 800 kilometers southwest of the main city of Quetta. The province borders Iran and Afghanistan and is rife with separatist [...]

Six Pakistan police killed protecting Spanish cyclist: Officials

By | January 23rd, 2014|Categories: Articles|

At least six Pakistani police officers were killed on Wednesday while escorting a Spanish tourist as he cycled through the highly volatile southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said. The cyclist and his escort of local tribal police were ambushed in Mastung district, about 55 kilometres west of the provincial capital Quetta. Baluchistan, which borders Iran and [...]

Bus bombing kills 22 pilgrims in southwest Pakistan

By | January 22nd, 2014|Categories: Articles|

QUETTA, Pakistan- At least 22 Shiite pilgrims returning from Iran were killed and 20 others wounded when a bomb hit a bus in the south west Pakistan province of Baluchistan Tuesday, officials said. The attack took place at Dringhar village on the Pakistan-Iran highway some 60 kilometres (37 miles) west of Quetta, Baluchistan's capital. "At least [...]

Bomb blast kills three in train

By | January 20th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

A Pakistan Railways official says a bomb blast has targeted a train, killing three passengers. Mohammad Ejaz says Friday's blast took place as the train was en route from Peshawar to Karachi. The explosion blew up the train tracks in the central district of Rajanpur. Ejaz says the bombing also wounded 15 people. Pakistani Islamic militant [...]

Ten inmates recovered from private prison of Baluchistan MPA Khaitran

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

QUETTA: The security agencies have recovered ten inmates including women and children from a private prison of Baluchistan Assembly’s arrested member Sardar Abdul Rehman Khaitran on Sunday. Imran Yaqoob Minhas, DIG of Loralai, told in a press conference that a large contingent of the Anti Terrorism Force (ATF), called from Quetta, raided on house of Khaitran [...]

10 militants, 3 soldiers killed in Pakistan clash

By | January 10th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

At least 13 people, including three soldiers, have lost their lives in a clash in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region, the military says. The clash broke out late on Wednesday when a group of militants attacked a security check post, the military statement said. "Security forces repulsed the terrorists' attack. As many as 10 terrorists were [...]

SW Pakistan blasts kill one, injure 11

By | January 6th, 2014|Categories: Articles|

Quetta — Back-to-back blasts on Saturday killed one and injured 11 others, including a senior politician, in the southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, officials said. In first attack, an explosives-packed motorcycle detonated at a taxi stand in the Sibi district of Baluchistan, killing one person and injuring nine others. "Unknown people [...]

Suicide car bomb kills two, injures 17 in Pakistan

By | January 3rd, 2014|Categories: Articles|

A suicide car bomb attack targeting a passenger bus carrying Shiite pilgrims killed two people and wounded at least 17 in southwest Pakistan on Wednesday, officials said. The attack took place in Akhtarabad, on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province which borders Iran and Afghanistan. "An explosive laden car which was parked along [...]

Six dead in clashes in Pakistan’s southwest

By | December 26th, 2013|Categories: Articles|

At least six people were killed in an exchange of gunfire in Pakistan's South-western province of Baluchistan, an official said Tuesday. The paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) said the clash began Monday night when insurgents attacked a construction company camp in the city of Turbat. Baluchistan, Pakistan's largest but least developed province, suffers a separatist insurgency and [...]

Religious schools, last option for poor people in Baluchistan

By | December 24th, 2013|Categories: Articles|

At the age of 40, Abdul Rahim Jan earns a meagre income of Rs9,000 a month selling potatoes off a pushcart in the dusty Nawan Killi area of Pakistan’s southwestern provincial capital of Quetta. “I cannot pay school fees or buy costly books for my children,” he said. So his nine-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter study [...]

Iran Guards ‘killed in Sistan Baluchistan blast’

By | December 24th, 2013|Categories: Articles|

Three members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards have been killed by a bomb blast in the south-eastern province of Sistan Baluchistan, local media report. The men were part of an engineering division and had been working on construction projects near the city of Saravan, the Tasnim news agency said. They were travelling to a workshop on Wednesday [...]

Family members march for missing relatives in Baluchistan

By | December 17th, 2013|Categories: Articles|

Relatives of people who have gone missing from Pakistan’s troubled southwest Baluchistan province set off on a gruelling 1,200km march from the port city of Karachi to Islamabad yesterday, hoping to recover their loved ones. The more than two dozen men, women and children had camped in the commercial hub for nearly three weeks after walking [...]