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Musharraf ‘free to move’ as court grants bail in Bugti murder case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the death of Baloch nationalist Akbar Bugti, his lawyers said, bringing closer his possible release after nearly six months of house arrest. According to media reports,  Musharraf has now been granted bail in three major cases against him, including one relating to the assassination of former ...

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JUI-F leader among two killed in Balochistan

  QUETTA: Two people, including a JUI leader, were killed in separate firing incidents in different parts of Balochistan on Wednesday. According to sources, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on JUI district leader Maulvi Fateh Muhammad in Sanjavi area of Ziarat district. As a result, he sustained serious wounds and died on the spot. The assailants fled the scene. ...

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Balochistan CM pledges transparency in distribution of quake items

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had pledged complete transparency in distribution of relief items among the earthquake-affected people of Awaran and other districts. Briefing members of the provincial Assembly on Thursday, he said that officials had been clearly told about intentions of the government that it would not tolerate any pilferage of relief goods and supplies. “If ...

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Letter : A call for int’l help from quake-hit Balochistan

To, His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary-General UN Headquarters New York, NY 10017 USA Dear Mr Secretary General, We write to you from the middle of Balochistan’s worst quake-hit area, Awaran, where a deadly 7.7 magnitude earthquake killed more than a thousand people on September 24th, 2013. The powerful quake toppled numerous mud-built houses in Awaran and Turbat ...

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Editorial: Awaran Needs International Assistance

   Apart from human made disasters,   Balochistan is again and again confronting deadly natural catastrophes.  24th  September’s earthquake once again   shocked Balochistan as 7.8-magnitude earthquake   hit Balochistan’s the  most backward district Awaran, where Thousands  of houses collapsed to ground and countless  partially damaged. Due to the collapse of mud-houses more than 1000 people are feared dead. The officials have confirmed ...

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Four FC men killed in battle with militants

QUETTA: As many as nine people – four personnel of the Frontier Corps (FC) and five militants – were killed in a fierce exchange of fire in Prome area, some 100 kilometres from Panjgur District, on Saturday. Frontier Corps spokesman confirmed the incident in a statement and said that the security personnel were patrolling Prome area of Panjgur District when ...

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15 killed in Second Powerful Earthquake in Balochistan

Awaran: A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Awaran district of Balochistan on Saturday, killing 15 people in already devastated region. This region is already shocked by a tremor which left more than 1000 people dead and countless homeless on September 24. According to the US Geological Survey which measured the earthquake at 6.8 on the Richter scale, the new quake ...

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Another earthquake struck several cities of Balochistan

KARACHI: Another earthquake struck several cities of Balochistan and Sindh on Saturday. According to the Pakistan’s Met office the earthquake was at 7.2, while the US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded it at 6.8. According to USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake was close to Awaran. Some of the cities where tremors were felt are Awaran, Quetta, Karachi, Larkana and  Sukkur. ...

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Dr. Allah Nazar welcomes help of International and Private Organizations

By Gibran Peshimam  KARACHI: An impasse looms large over the relief effort in Balochistan’s earthquake-devastated region – an area known to be a hotbed of Baloch rebels – which has already resulted in mushrooming clashes in the region. However, a top commander has offered a way forward through the mistrust between rebels and security forces: Let the relief effort be ...

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HRCP concerned over Balochistan situation

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern over the poor situation of Baloch people in the wake of recent earthquake and stressed the government to pay attention and provide emergency relief to them. The HRCP, in a statement issued on Friday, said casualties were higher than it was initially reported in different districts of the province, ...

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