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December 10, 2013

Local government elections held in Balochistan, Pakistan

Local government elections held in Balochistan, Pakistan

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Saturday, local bodies elections were held in Balochistan, Pakistan. Pakistan has not held local bodies elections since 2002.

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Polling was active from 8:00AM to 5:00PM local time (0300 to 1200 UTC). High security arrangements were made; law enforcement officials were deployed at the polling stations.

According to media reports, in some areas of province women were stopped from casting their vote. Missing elections material delayed the beginning of voting in some regions. Polling in Khuzdar was stopped after inter-group violence there. Violence in Hub reportedly injured four people.

About 18000 candidates ran for over 4000 positions. Six million ballots were printed. 33,000 polling staff had been appointed to over 5000 polling stations. Over 54,000 security personnel were assigned to keep order.

According to Pakistani newspaper Dawn, sources in the provincial home department said overall voting turnout was 70% in Mastung, 65% in Nushki, 55% in Pishin, 50% in Jhal Magsi, 45% in Nasirabad, Kohlu and 35% in Barkhan. Nevertheless, in some of districts turnout remained very low. For example, turnout remained 15% in Gwadar and 10% in Panjgur.

Unofficial election results for district council of Quetta District, containing the capital of Balochistan, are as follows:

Union Council Winner Party Affiliation Votes Obtained
01-Kechi Baig Azizullah Balochistan National Party (Mengal) 4166
02-Shadinzai Muhammad Raza Hazara Democratic Party 1427
03-Saragurgai Habib-ur-Rehman Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party 655
04-Hanna Kahn Zaman Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party 1405
05-Baleli Naeem Khan Awami National Party 1126
06-Kuchlak Yasin Khan Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party 2112
07-Aghbargh Asmatullah Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party 871
08-Panjpai Khan Tareen INDEPENDENT 2111
09-Zarkhu Meer Ashraf INDEPENDENT 548



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June 6, 2010

Cyclone Phet turns to Pakistan after hitting Oman

Cyclone Phet turns to Pakistan after hitting Oman

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Heavy rains started on Sunday early morning throughout most of southern Pakistan as Cyclone Phet approached landfall. At least 370 millimeters were reported by the meteorological office in the port city of Gwadar on Friday; 208 milimeters in Jiwani, 139 milimeters in Pasni, 63 milimeters in Turbat and 60 in Ormara.

Heavy rains and thunderstorms hit southwestern Balochistan and parts of interior Sindh Saturday evening leaving thousands displaced and around 40 villages to be washed away by the heavy rains.

The storm system has moved from Oman and is expected to reach Pakistan by Sunday evening. According to the Oman News Agency, at least twelve people have been killed in Oman alone.



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April 17, 2010

Pakistan: Eight killed in hospital blast

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A suicide bomber attacked an emergency room of a hospital in Quetta, located in southwest Pakistan, killing eight people, including three policemen. Approximately 35 people were wounded in the attack. The explosion occurred in the Civil Hospital of the city.

“The latest death toll is eight,” Qazi Abdul Wahid, police chief of the province, told Agence France-Presse news agency. He said that two senior police officers, a police commando along with a cameraman for a local television channel, died in the attack. Four other journalists were wounded, he added. Hospital authorities confirmed these figures. Television footage showed rescuers carrying away the dead and the injured from the scene of the incident.

“It appears to be sectarian violence,” Wahid added. “Evidence collected so far indicate it (the blast) was a suicide attack,” he commented. Mohammad Iqbal, another police official stated “it was a suicide attack.” “We have found legs and head from the blast site. We have also found metal pellets, usually stuffed in suicide vests, from the blast site”, Iqbal noted.

The hospital was full of journalists who were reporting about the shooting of a bank manager belonging to the Shiite community. Mohammad Sabir, another police official, claimed the room was full of the manager’s friends and family when the suicide bomber attacked.

Quetta is the capital of the Baluchistan province of the country. It has frequently witnessed disputes and clashes between the Sunni and Shiite communities. Several people have died in multiple conflicts in the province. In February this year, suspected Sunni insurgents blew up a bus with Shiite worshippers. Two hours after the incident, a hospital treating the victims was attacked. 25 people died in that incident, with 100 being injured.



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January 27, 2010

Blast in Pakistan kills one, injures ten

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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One Frontier Constabulary official died and several other people were injured on Monday when a remote-controlled bomb was detonated at Panjgur, in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. The Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) later claimed responsibility for the attack.

Witnesses say the bomb was planted in a motorbike parked on Hospital Road in the town. When town security vehicles were passing, the bomb exploded. A security official, identified as Head Constable Mohammad Rafique, was killed. Ten others were severely injured; according to witnesses, this included six civilians. The victims were immediately rushed to hospital.

The blast was so powerful that the sound could be heard in a significant area of the town. Three of the injured were Frontier Corps (FC) officials. Some victims are said to be in a critical condition.

Frightened shopkeepers soon shut down after the incident. Police soon arrived in the area to take control of the situation.

Doda Baloch, spokesman for the BLF, called journalists to say that they had executed the attack with a remote-controlled motorcycle bomb. He claimed the attack killed eight from the security forces, including an officer.

An investigation into this explosion is underway, said Panjgur police.



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October 29, 2008

Deadly quake hits southwestern Pakistan

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Deadly quake hits southwestern Pakistan

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

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A deadly earthquake has hit the Balochistan region of south western Pakistan. The magnitude 6.4 quake struck approximately 70km north of Quetta at 04:09 local time (23:09 UTC), and had a depth of 10km.

Government officials have reported that many houses collapsed due to both the earthquake and the landslides that it spawned. More than 160 people have been reported killed so far, with at least 200 injured. It is expected that the death toll will rise as the rescue and recovery continues.

According to officials the worst struck areas are: Ziarat, Pishin, Qila Abdullah, Chaman, Loralai,Sibbi, and Mastung.

Seventy-three years ago Quetta was almost completely destroyed in an earthquake, and death toll was about 35,000 people.

In October 2005, during the holy month of Ramadan, more than 75,000 people were killed in an earthquake in north-west Pakistan, and around 100,000 people wounded. More then half a million people lost their homes.



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July 6, 2007

Gunmen shoot at Pakistani President Musharraf\’s plane

Gunmen shoot at Pakistani President Musharraf’s plane

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Friday, July 6, 2007

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During a flight Friday from Chaklala Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan to Balochistan province, President Pervez Musharraf’s plane was shot at from a rooftop near the flight path. Musharraf was flying to Balochistan province to observe the effects of recent flooding in the area.

The Pakistani government has officially denied the plane came under fire, but a Paksitani intelligence officer indicated, off the record, that an attempt of Mushaffaf’s life had occurred. Musharraf’s plane arrived safely at its destination. However, sources say that Intelligence agencies in Pakistan are investigating into possible connection between attack on the plane and the siege of Lal Masjid.

Police have cordoned off a house in Rawalpindi to investigate the incident. Reuters news agency had a photographer in the area at the time, and reported seeing two guns on the roof of the house, one of them an anti-aircraft gun, which had been mounted on the roof. The other gun was reported to be a machinegun. Deputy Inspector General of police Marwat Ali Shah confirmed that an anti-aircraft gun, a machine gun and ammunition had been recovered from the home.

Local residents reported hearing the sound of gunfire. “Everyone heard a firing sound,” Ishaq Ahmed told BBC News. “The firing sound was like a bomb blast. It was that kind of sound.” Some witnesses claimed that they saw a person along with a woman and two kids escaping on a motorbike after the incident.

General Musharraf has survived two previous attempts on his life, carried out on December 14, 2003 by al-Qaeda-linked militants. There is no indication or claim of responsibility, as yet, as to who carried out the latest attack.

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September 8, 2006

Bomb blast in Pakistan, \”fighters for greater autonomy\” responsible, police claim

Bomb blast in Pakistan, “fighters for greater autonomy” responsible, police claim

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Friday, September 8, 2006

The bomb blast incident happened on Friday in Barkhan city of Balochistan, Pakistan. The bomb blast killed 3 people and wounded 13, the police claimed fighters of greater autonomy and huge share from Balochistan’s natural resources are responsible for the attack. The dead and wounded have been shifted to a local hospital, where some of the wounded are in critical condition. The police further said, “The death toll may rise because some of the injured are in critical condition”.

Police Officer Hafiz Inayat Ullah claimed that supporters of Akbar Bugti are involved in the blast. Further he said, “Everyone in knows that the supporters of Nawab’s are behind the blast.”

Nawab Akbar Bugti, 79, died on August 26 during the military operation in Baluchistan. The Pakistan government declared him as a terrorist. The protests, rallies and processions since Akbar Bugti’s death have left many people dead. The strikes are continue in Balochistan, due to the strikes market activities are almost stopped.

Jamil Akbar Bugti, the Bugti’s son, had also demanded that international human rights groups exhume Nawab Akbar’s body for tests to determine the cause of his death.

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August 28, 2006

Pakistan on high alert as violence spreads in Balochistan

Pakistan on high alert as violence spreads in Balochistan

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Widespread protests and violence were reported across parts of Pakistan after the Baloch Alliance declared a general strike following the killing of its leader, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti.

Shops and establishments in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, remained closed as angry mobs vandalised government vehicles and offices in retaliation for the separatist leader’s slaying. The main Quetta-Karachi highway and Quetta-Punjab highway have remained closed to traffic since Monday. A curfew was imposed by the authorities in Quetta, leading to the closure of educational institutions there.

A high-alert also was sounded in the commercial capital of Karachi, where the opposition plans to hold a protest later today. Pakistan’s Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azim Khan said that the Pakistani Army had not intentionally targeted Mr. Bugti and that he died when the cave he was in collapsed following a land-mine expolsion. President Pervez Musharraf, however, congratulated his army following the Balochi leader’s death.

Balochistan, which became a province of Pakistan following the Partition of India, has been waging a low-key struggle for autonomy for quite some time, but the rebels stepped up their attacks over the past year. Pakistan has, in the past, blamed Indian intelligence agencies such as the Research and Analysis Wing for fuelling unrest in Balochistan.

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August 26, 2006

Pakistan: Nawab Akbar Bugti Killed in Baluchistan

Pakistan: Nawab Akbar Bugti Killed in Baluchistan

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Fighting between the Pakistan army and Balochi rebels resulted in heavy casualties and the a Baloch leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti, the chief of the Bugti tribe has been killed near the town of Dera Bugti, according to Pakistan government sources.

37 Baloch tribals and 21 security personnel have been reported to be killed in the fighting.

Upon receiving news of his death, students at the Balochistan University rioted and police fired warning shots to disperse them. Leaders from the opposition parties, Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal have expressed shock and grief at the death and reiterated their opposition to the use of force in resolving the Balochistan conflict.

A former Governor and Chief Minister of Balochistan, Nawab Bugti has led a campaign to win more autonomy for the Balochistan region, a mineral rich area and the main supplier of natural gas in the country. Baloch nationalists have accused the Pakistan government of exploiting the regions resources without contributing to the area’s development.

The recent fighting began after separatist rebels attacked natural gas facilities in the area.

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August 20, 2005

At least 13 killed in shootings at polling stations in Pakistan

At least 13 killed in shootings at polling stations in Pakistan

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

According to Online, 13 people were killed and over a hundred injured in armed clashes between rival political factions in Pakistan on Thursday August 18, 2005 local time. The attacks centered around polling stations throughout the country where elections for local offices were taking place.

The first of the clashes occurred in the Bannu district in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. There three people directly participating in the armed clashes were shot dead. Their political ties are unclear. Many others were injured in the incident.

Two were killed in a clash in Khiali in the Punjabi district of Gujranwala and more than fifteen were injured. One was killed in the Multan district where another 15 were injured.

Three people were injured due to sporadic shooting in the Sialkot district in Punjab.

Seventeen were injured in the district of Lodhran in Punjab, including a candidate for the position of nazim. There, four people were arrested.

In the southern Balochistan district of Jafarabad, a scuffle occurred and at least nineteen people were injured, according to a BBC reporter.

In Dera Allah Yar in Pakistan’s Jaffrabad district, members of the Jamali and Imrani ethnic groups exchanged fire two hours after polling began. Both groups used automatic weapons, and one person was killed at the scene of the clash. Two others died later while receiving medial care. Nineteen others were injured, three of whom are reported to be in critical condition.

Army personnel were called to maintain peace in ten of the Punjab’s 17 districts. In total, 40 of Pakistan’s 53 districts received army assistance in an attempt to keep the peace. Security was heightened in many areas of the country.

Pakistan has many sources of conflict, ranging from supporters of Al-Queda and the former Afghanistan Taliban government, to those involved in terrorist activities against India over disputed borders, to tensions between the numerous political, ethnic, tribal, and religious factions.

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