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Balochistan: The Chinese Chequered

The Islamic State (IS, also Daesh) on June 8, 2017, claimed the killing of two Chinese nationals who had been abducted from the Jinnah Town area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, in the afternoon of May 24, 2017. Amaq, the IS propaganda agency, declared, "Islamic State fighters killed two Chinese people they had been holding in Baluchistan province, south-west Pakistan." The Chinese couple, Lee Zing Yang (24) and Meng Li Si (26), were studying Urdu in Quetta, where they reportedly also ran a Mandarin language course.According to Deputy Inspector General Police Aitzaz Goraya, unknown abductors, wearing Police uniforms, had forced the two foreigners into a vehicle at gunpoint and driven away. They also tried to overpower another Chinese woman but she ran away. A man present at the site attempted to resist the kidnapping, but was shot at by one of the abductors. So far no local group has claimed responsibility for the incident (abduction and subsequent killing). Reports speculate that the actual perpetrators were linked to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al Alami (LeJ-A), the international wing of the LeJ, which believed to be affiliated to Daesh.

Balochistan: Unabated Bloodshed

At least 10 labourers were killed and another two injured when unidentified motorcycle borne assailants opened fire at a construction site in the Pishgan area of Gwadar town in Balochistan on May 13, 2017. Senior Levies Official Muhammad Zareef stated, "All the labourers were shot at close range." The slain labourers belonged to the Naushahro Feroze District of Sindh. Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.

Balochistan: Violent Status Quo

At least five persons, including two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, were injured in a targeted hand grenade attack in the Cinema Chowk area of Turbat town in Balochistan on March 12, 2017. FC sources said that two unidentified assailants riding a motorcycle lobbed a hand grenade on on-duty FC personnel, injuring two troopers and three civilians. The attackers managed to escape from the scene.

Pakistan: Blast at shrine kills 30

Islamabad, Nov 12 (IBNS): At least 30 people were killed as a blast rocked the shrine of Shah Norani in Khuzdar district of Balochistan in Pakistan on Saturday, media reports said.

Balochistan: Reaping the Whirlwind

At least 61 Security Force (SF) personnel were killed, and another 164 were injured as terrorists stormed the New Sariab Police Training College (PTC), some 13 kilometres from Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, in the night of October 24, 2016. Three militants entered the PTC and headed straight for the hostel, where around 700 Police recruits were sleeping. The attack began at around 11:10 pm, with gunfire continuing to ring out at the site for several hours. Major causalities were inflicted when two suicide bombers blew themselves up. One of the militants wearing suicide vest was killed by the SFs. 250 cadets who were held hostage were rescued by the SFs. SFs were able to clear the area after five hours. Entry and exit routes to the area were opened for traffic the next morning.

At least four train passengers killed, 16 injured in twin blasts on railway tracks in Pakistan

Quetta, Pakistan, Oct 7 (IBNS) : At least four passengers were killed and 16 injured when twin blasts hit Jaffar Express in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Friday, Pakistan media reports said.

India raises human rights violation issue in PoK during UNHRC session

New Delhi, Sept 14 (IBNS): India on Wednesday raised the human rights violation issue in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir during the 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, media reports said.

Baloch leaders protest in Germany against Pakistan, raise Indian flag

New Delhi, Aug 28 (IBNS): In a major embarrassment to Pakistan, Baloch leaders living in Germany staged a protest in Leipzig City on Saturday accusing the Nawaz Sharif Government of committing atrocities on people of Balochistan.

IS shoulders responsibility for Quetta blast, SITE Intel Group reports

Islamabad, Aug 13 (IBNS): The recent Quetta blasts in Pakistan's Balochistan province have been shouldered by the ISIS, a SITE Intel Group report stated.

Balochistan: Unending Misery

At least 12 persons, including four Frontier Corps (FC) officials, were killed and another 38 persons injured on February 6, 2016, when a suicide bomber blew himself up near an FC vehicle in the Multan Chowk area of Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)'s 'central spokesperson' Mohammad Khorasani claimed the incident, declaring, in an email statement, "The TTP's Special Task Force (STF)'s unit carried out the attack that targeted the convoy of Security Forces."

Balochistan: Sanguinary Faultlines

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management In another act of targeting settlers from outside Balochistan, Baloch insurgents shot dead 22 Pashtuns on May 29, 2015, all of them daily wagers and labourers, who were travelling in two passenger buses en route to Karachi (Sindh) from Pishin District (Balochistan), in the Khad Kucha area of Mastung District. At least 15 to 20 militants, wearing Security Forces' (SF) uniforms, came in three pickup trucks and abducted some 35 passengers. The militants subsequently killed 22, and set free another five. The fate of the remaining eight is unknown.

Balochistan: Shooting the Messenger

Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management One more messenger of peace fell prey to Pakistan's Mullah-military nexus in the night of April 24, 2015, when unidentified assailants shot dead Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani women's rights activist, in the Phase-II area of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in Karachi, the provincial capital of Sindh. According to reports, Sabeen, accompanied by her mother, was just returning home after organizing a discussion on 'Unsilencing Balochistan' at 'The Second Floor' (T2F), a café that had been developed as a forum for open debates, of which she was Director. The event, "Un-Silencing Balochistan (Take 2)" was organized after the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) cancelled the talk due to security threats allegedly from Pakistan's intelligence agencies. The panelists in the discussion included 'Mama' Abdul Qadeer Baloch, the President of Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), who had led a 'long march' to protest forcible disappearances in Balochistan; Baloch activists Farzana Baloch and Mir Muhammad Ali Talpur; and journalists Malik Siraj Akbar and Wusut Ullah Khan.

Balochistan: Enduring Tragedy

Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management On April 10, 2015, Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) militants shot dead at least 20 Punjabi and Sindhi construction labourers at point blank range at their camp in the Gagdan area of Turbat District. Out of the 20 deceased labourers, 16 were Punjabis, and four were Sindhis from the Hyderabad District in Sindh. A senior administration official Akbar Hussain Durrani disclosed that the militants had lined the labourers up and shot them at point blank range after confirming their identity.

Balochistan: Persistent Crisis

Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management The Security Forces (SFs) recovered three bullet-riddled bodies from Mand area of Turbat District of Balochistan on December 30, 2014. The victims had been shot multiple times in the head, chest and face at close range.