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Woman, two children killed in blast caused by gas leakage

QUETTA: A woman and her two children were killed and three children suffered burn injuries in two explosions caused by gas leak in Marriabad area on Monday.

54f50c5825524Police said gas accumulated in two houses in Nasirabad and Nadirabad localities of Marriabad area and caused huge blasts.

The deaths were reported from a Nasirabad house where a woman tried to light a gas heater, causing the blast. She along with her two children died, police said.

The other blast occurred in a house at Nadirabad, injuring three children.

The two houses were partially damaged and windowpanes of nearby buildings smashed by the impact of the blasts.

Police shifted the injured to the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Hospital in Marriabad area.

Personnel of bomb disposal squad collected evidence from the two places and confirmed that the gas leak had caused the explosions.

However, residents of the area claimed it was a rocket attack. They said rockets fired from an unknown destination had hit the houses.

“How can two blasts of the same nature occur in two houses at the same time,” asked Rehmatullah, a resident of the area.

Balochistan legislators violate party policies in Senate elections

QUETTA: In clear violation of party rules, members of three political parties proposed and seconded independent candidates for the Senate elections in Balochistan.

54f4967069c3cSeven members of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) proposed and seconded independent candidates for Senate elections in the province.

The PML-N fielded its own candidates including Nawbzada Niamatullah Zehri, Lashkari Raisani, Sardar Yaqoob Nasar and others.

Contrary to this, seven party members proposed and seconded independent candidates, sources in election commission Balochistan told NNP.

Like other parts of the country, Senate elections are scheduled to be held on 5th March in Balochistan.

A total of 65 members of Balochistan Assembly would cast their votes to elect representatives for the Upper House.

Horse trading remained a major problem in the province as influential politicians, businessmen and other high ups take part in the polls with the aid of money, a practice that has been evident in the past.

Besides ruling PML-N, two Jamiat ul Ulema e Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) legislators also proposed and seconded an independent candidate who owns a well-established construction company.

When asked about the two legislators, Maulana Ghafoor Haideri, the Central leader of JUI -F said, “Our legislators have not been sold in the past nor would they be purchased in future”.

Opposition parties have announced that they intend to devise a joint strategy in order to discourage horse-trading in Balochistan.

Sardar Akhtar Mengal, the Chief of Balochistan National Party (Mengal) while addressing a press conference said, “We would not allow anyone to sell his or her conscience in Senate elections”.

Opposition leader in Balochistan Assembly, Maulana Wasey, parliamentary leader Awami National Party (ANP), Zamarak Achakzai and BNP (Awami) leader Syed Ehsan Shah were also present during the press conference.

Three PML-Q members also proposed and seconded independent candidates. In Balochistan, 32 candidates have been testing their muscles to achieve 12 Senate seats.

Despite repeated meetings, the political parties have not been able to form an alliance to discourage horse trading and block the way of so-called independent candidates.

“My proposal is to arrest any candidate offering money,” Mehmood Achakzai, the Chief of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party said.

PML-N Balochistan President, Nawab Sanaullah Zehri has also announced formation of a three-party alliance to win maximum seats in the province.

Zehri has also strongly criticised horse trading in the Senate elections.

On the other hand, BNP (Awami) has also announced it intention to submit a reference against its Senator Kalsoom.

Kalsoom has remained a senator on BNP Awami ticket for the last six years.

With the expiry of her tenure, Kalasoom managed to get a ticket from the ruling PML-N.

“This is the worst example of horse trading,” Mir Israrullah Zehri lamented.

So far, no political party has taken any action against its legislators for proposing and seconding independent candidates in Balochistan.

Polio campaign postponed in Quetta due to ‘inadequate security’

QUETTA: A scheduled polio campaign in Quetta was postponed owing to lack of security for vaccination teams on Monday.

The second phase of the vaccination drive was scheduled to be launched in Quetta in order to administer polio drops to children below the age of five years.

Sources in the Balochistan Health Department told Media that the provincial administration had failed to provide timely security to polio vaccination teams in Quetta, the capital city of Balochistan.

54f42c8f39069 (1)“Without security guards, we cannot move our teams in the city,” he said.

Security of polio teams have been tightened in the aftermath of attacks at polio team in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.

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Militants had killed a polio worker and driver of polio team in custody last month in Zhob district of Balochistan.

Up till now, two polio cases have been reported from Killa Abdullah and Chagai districts of Balochistan during the year 2015.

The provincial government of Balochistan has declared an emergency in Quetta and other high-risk districts of the province to eradicate the paralysing disease and for this purpose emergency drives are being launched.

Pakistan’s first case of polio virus for the year 2015 was reported fromBalochistan’s Chagai district on Jan 1.

During the year 2014, a total of 23 polio cases were reported from Balochistan. Most of the cases were reported from Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah, Pishin and Quetta districts.

Pakistan is one of only three countries in the world where polio remains endemic, the other two countries being Afghanistan and Nigeria, but efforts to stamp it out have been badly hit in recent years by attacks on immunisation teams.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had declared that Pakistan isresponsible for nearly 80 per cent of polio cases reported globally.

To prevent the possible spread of the polio virus from Pakistan to other countries, the WHO imposed strict travel restrictions on the country.

Militant groups often attack polio teams as they see vaccination campaigns as a cover for espionage. There are also long running rumours about polio drops causing infertility.

Anti-polio campaigns in Balochistan were suspended and rumours of WHO ending operations had emerged after deadly attack on vaccinators in Quetta in November last year which had claimed the lives of four workers.

Later in December, the Balochistan government had suspended its anti-polio campaign in the province in the aftermath of attacks on polio workers in Karachi and Peshawar.

Two gas pipelines blown up in Dera Bugti

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The explosions reduced big portions of the two pipelines to pieces. -Dawn file photo

DERA MURAD JAMALI: Militants blew up two gas pipelines in Pir Koh and Loti area of Dera Bugti district on Sunday, police said.

Explosives placed under a pipeline supplying gas to a purification plant from well number 10 of Pir Koh gas field were detonated by remote control, they said.

A separate pipeline supplying gas to the Loti purification plant from well No 12 was also blown up by saboteurs, police said.

“Big portions of the two pipelines were reduced to pieces by the powerful explosions,” police said, adding that supply to the two plants from the gas fields had been suspended by engineers of the Sui Southern Gas Company. Repair of the pipelines will start on Monday after security clearance.

Quetta blast case registered

QUETTA: An FIR has been registered at the Civil Line police station against unknown culprits involved in the blast allegedly targeting Adviser to Chief Minister on Education Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech vehicle on Joint Road in Quetta on Tuesday, Geo News reported Wednesday.

According to police,pakistan-Quetta-blast-FIR_12-3-2014_167559_l the case of the blast that occurred near the vehicle of Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech has been registered on the complaint of an injured citizen against the unknown miscreants.The FIR included attempted murder, explosives act and anti-terrorism provisions, however, no arrest has been made so far.It may be mentioned that Sardar Raza Mohammad Barech narrowly escaped an explosion on Joint Road on Tuesday. Two persons were wounded in the blast allegedly targeting Barech’s vehicle. Fortunately, he and his driver remained unhurt in the explosion.