Friday, February 6, 2015

Five hostages freed in Balochistan's Makran

Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: Kidnappers freed five officials belonging to the Balochistan Irrigation Department on Friday. The officials had been abducted from the Pasni area of Balochistan's Makran belt a day earlier.

Police sources told Dawn that kidnappers freed all five hostages near Pasni. All hostages freed by kidnappers are in better condition, police said.

The officials were working on the Shadi Core Dam in Turbat when they were abducted by militants. The defunct Baloch Republican Army (BRA) had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

In another incident, militants blew up a 16-inch gas pipeline in Balochistan's resource-rich Dera Bugti district on Friday morning. Security officials told Dawn that militants had planted improvised explosive materials close to the pipeline.

Security officials added that the explosive went off with a loud bang, blowing up the 16-inch gas pipeline, however, the impact of the incident is yet to be confirmed.

BRA spokesman Sarbaz Baloch claimed responsibility for blowing up the gas pipeline in Dera Bugti.

Police and Frontier Corps personnel reached the area to start an investigation into the incident.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1161893/five-hostages-freed-in-balochistans-mekran

Baloch Republican Army releases five hostages

February 06, 2015


Quetta- Kidnappers freed five officials, belonging to the Baluchistan Irrigation Department today. The officials had been abducted from the Pasni area of Baluchistan's Makran belt, a day earlier.

Police sources said that kidnappers freed all five hostages near Pasni. All hostages freed by kidnappers are in better condition, police said.

The officials were working on the Shadi Core Dam in Turbat, when they were abducted by militants. The defunct Baloch Republican Army had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

http://nation.com.pk/national/06-Feb-2015/baloch-republican-army-releases-five-hostages


Six kidnapped irrigation officials freed by militants in Balochistan

By Shezad Baloch

 February 6, 2015


Banned Baloch Republican Army claims responsibility for attack. 

QUETTA: Baloch militants freed all six officials of the irrigation department in in Kech district, who were earlier kidnapped from a construction site.

Deputy Commissioner Kech Mohammed Mumtaz told The Express Tribune that all six officials have been freed by militants near the Balnagor area of Dasht.

“Four officials were released early Friday morning in the Dasht area of Kech, while two others were released in Gwadar on Thursday,” he confirmed.

The six officials, including an assistant engineer, supervisors and their driver, who were picked from the site of a dam under construction in Pasni town of Gwadar district on the February 2, Mumtaz said. The militants torched the machinery at the construction site.

The banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA) claimed responsibility for the attack and kidnappings.

Official sources in Mekran division said construction work in Shadi Khor dam was suspended after the deadly attack. Earlier, militants had kidnapped a government contractor and his driver from the construction site.

“Construction work on the dam was suspended due to lack of security in the area,” an official said. The machinery and vehicles were shifted from the construction site on Thursday.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/834007/six-kidnapped-irrigation-officials-freed-by-militants-in-balochistan/


Five hostages freed in Balochistan’s Makran district

Kidnappers freed five officials belonging to the Balochistan Irrigation Department on Friday. The officials had been abducted from the Pasni area of Balochistan’s Makran belt a day earlier.

Police sources said that the kidnappers freed all five hostages near Pasni. The officials were working on the Shadi Core Dam in Turbat when they were abducted by militants. The defunct Baloch Republican Army had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

In another incident, militants blew up a 16-inch gas pipeline in Dera Bugti district on Friday morning. Security officials said that militants had planted improvised explosive material close to the pipeline.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/02/06/national/five-hostages-freed-in-balochistans-makran-district/

Six PTCL men kidnapped

February 07, 2015 

QUETTA: Six employees of PTCL were kidnapped in Loralai district on Thursday.

According to details, the employees were kidnapped from Gawal Ismailzai when they had gone to repair a damaged tower.

Divisional engineer was among those kidnapped.

However, no banned outfit including the Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility of the kidnapping.
  

Earlier in the day, kidnappers freed five Balochistan Irrigation Department officials who had been abducted from Pasni area of Makran belt a day earlier.

  Police sources said that kidnappers freed all five hostages near Pasni.

All the hostages freed by kidnappers are in better condition, police said.


The officials were working on the Shadi Core Dam in Turbat when they were abducted by some militants.
The defunct Baloch Republican Army had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

http://nation.com.pk/national/07-Feb-2015/six-ptcl-men-kidnapped

Six PTCL officials abducted in Balochistan

Unidentified militants abducted six officials of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) from Balochistan’s Killa Saifullah district on Friday.

A security official said that the militants kidnapped the PTCL employees from the Gawal area of Killa Saifullah district. They were identified as Engineer Haji Asad, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Nabi, Sajjad Beg and two others. The security official said that the men were on routine work when they were abducted.

A search operation has been launched for the recovery of the employees. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the kidnappings.

Armed militants had also kidnapped 10 people from the same area earlier in January this year. Thus far, militants have freed seven people, while three are still being held hostage.

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2015/02/06/national/six-ptcl-officials-abducted-in-balochistan/

Balochistan insecurity: Six PTCL workers go missing

February 7, 2015


According to PTCL sources, the six-member team was busy in maintenance work in Killa Saifullah and Zhob districts 

QUETTA: At least six officials of the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), including a divisional engineer and SDO, have gone missing in the mountainous stretch of Killa Saifullah district of Balochistan, a senior official told The Express Tribune on Friday.

Officials have yet to confirm whether or not it is a case of kidnapping.

A PTCL director has reported to the authorities in that six of their workers have gone missing near the Musafer Kor area of Killa Saifullah around 9pm, official sources said. An official quoting a PTCL source said, “They were busy in maintenance of the PTCL lines in the area when we lost contact with them.”

Killa Saifullah’s district commissioner confirming the incident said that Divisional Engineer Asadullah and SDO Mohammed Naeem were among six officials who had gone missing.

According to PTCL sources, the six-member team was busy in maintenance work in Killa Saifullah and Zhob districts. The workers were expected to reach Zhob but didn’t.

The Balochistan Levies have started an investigation into the case. Zhob is one of the troubled districts in Balochistan where security forces have launched an operation against extremists.

At the end of last year, the Taliban had kidnapped nine people from bordering areas of Zhob and Killa Saifullah. They killed one of the hostages while released six others.

Power pylons damaged

Two power pylons of 220 KV transmission lines were partially damaged in explosions in the Chattar area of Nasirabad district on Friday night.

According to a police official in Chattar, saboteurs planted explosive devices near the power pylons in Goth Manzoor Chohan. The blasts partially damaged the pylons.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 7th, 2015. 


http://tribune.com.pk/story/834375/balochistan-insecurity-six-ptcl-workers-go-missing/

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