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BNM appeals to int’l organisations for assistance to quake victims

QUETTA: The Baloch National Movement (BNM) has urged the international humanitarian organisations to step forward and directly help the Baloch victims, rather than relying on Pakistani authorities. In a statement from London, BNM representative Hammal Haidar Baloch said BNM with the help of Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A) and some local NGOs, had been tirelessly working to provide relief ...

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Quake jolts Balochistan

QUETTA: Once again quake jolted Balochitan on Saturday, when  a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Pakistan. According to the meteorological officials the earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres and its epicentre was 80 kilometres southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan, senior meteorologist Tauseef Alam said. Another meteorologist, Shahid Mehmood, said that the tremors were felt in Khuzdar and towns ...

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Khuzdar: Armed men wound three people

Khuzdar: Three people were wounded when armed men opened fire on a vehicle in Khuzdar district on National Highway. As a result, a person identified, as Nazeer Ahmed, and his two companions sustained injuries in the shooting. The attackers later set the vehicle on fire and fled the scene. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital by levies personnel. ...

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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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