Category Archives: BALOCHISTAN

FC foils major terror bid in Zhob

QUETTA: Frontier Corps Balochistan averted a major terrorism attempt through successful intelligence-based operation in Zhob.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), six improvised explosive devices planted on N-50 near Zhob were traced and neutralized.

Meanwhile, in Sui, FC troops apprehended an illegal arms dealer and recovered explosives, detonators, weapons, and ammunition from him.

2 FC personnel martyred, 3 injured in Sibbi landmine explosion

Two Frontier Corps (FC) officials lost their lives while three others were injured on Wednesday in a landmine explosion in Balochistan’s Sibbi district.

According to security officials, an FC team was on a routine sweep in Sangan area of Sibbi when a landmine went off close to its vehicle.

The three officials injured as a result of the explosion were shifted to Sibbi Hospital and are undergoing treatment.

Heavy contingents of police, FC and Levies forces reached the area and cordoned it off to conduct a security operation there.

In a recent spate of terrorism in Balochistan, two senior police officials have been killed in Quetta during the ongoing month.

On Nov 9, DIG Telecommunication Hamid Shakeel was killed along with two policemen in a suicide attack in Chaman Housing Scheme.

A week later, Acting SP Investigation Muhammad Ilyas was gunned down in Nawan Killi.

More women shelters in Balochistan urged

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Friday adopted a resolution asking the provincial government to set up Darul Aman to provide shelter to women who were victims of domestic violence in the six divisional headquarters.

The resolution was moved by Yasmin Lehri of the National Party in the session presided over by Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani.

The resolution was passed when only 14 of the 65 members were present in the house, while quorum requires at least 17 members.

None of the members from the opposition and treasury benches pointed out that the quorum was not sufficient to pass a resolution and the assembly proceedings continued despite the shortfall.

Addressing the house, Ms Lehri said that Darul Aman facility was not available in Sibi and other districts of Balochistan for victims of domestic violence who were forced to leave their homes.

“The Darul Aman facility is available only in Quetta, and women facing domestic violence in far flung districts of Balochistan have no option but to continue being tortured,” she said, adding that the situation of the Darul Aman in the provincial capital was not ideal as well as it lacked basic facilities, including health and education.

Provincial ministers Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal and MPA of National Party Dr Shama Ishaq supported the resolution, suggesting that special fund should be allocated for the purpose in the next budget.

The assembly also passed another resolution moved by Shahida Rauf of Jamiat Ulema-i- Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), urging the National Highway Authority (NHA) to take practical steps to prevent fatal traffic accidents along the National Highway in Balochistan with the cooperation of the provincial transport department.

“Check and balance system should be introduced in Balochistan for avoiding such fatal incidents in future,” Ms Rauf suggested in her resolution, adding that there was no check on underage drivers and possession of driving licence across the province.

Other members of the assembly also expressed their concern over increase in traffic incidents on the highway and how driving licenses were issued by the authorities concerned without taking test.

Protesters call for recovery of kidnapped Hindu trader

QUETTA: Members of the Nasirabad Awami Awaz on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the Quetta Press Club against abduction of Vikki Kumar, son of former senator Heman Das.

Vikki Kumar — a leading businessman of his area — was kidnapped by armed men four months ago when he was sitting with his friends at his rice factory in Dera Murad Jamali.

The protesters chanted slogans against the local administration, carrying banners and placards inscribed with their demand for recovery of the abducted businessman.“It has been four months since Vikki Kumar was abducted. His family is in anguish due to the kidnapping,” said Awami Awaz leader Mumtaz Baloch.

He appealed to Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Zehri, Inspector General Police Ahsan Mehboob and other officials concerned to make efforts for Mr Kumar’s release.

Other members of the forum, including Shahbaz Umrani and Syed Shaukat Shah, also spoke on the occasion.

Quetta Civil Hospital’s trauma centre declared autonomous body

QUETTA: The Trauma and Emergency Centre of Civil Hospital Quetta has been declared an independent and autonomous institution in view of observations of the judicial commission formed to investigate the last year’s deadly attack outside the hospital.

The Balochistan’s health department announced on Saturday that a notification in this regard had been issued.

The provincial government formed the judicial commission after the killing of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of Balochistan Bar Association, in a gun attack and the subsequent suicide bombing outside the Quetta’s Civil Hospital in which 70 people, mostly lawyers, were killed on Aug 8 last year.

According to the notification, Dr Fahim Khan has been appointed managing director of the trauma centre and senior surgeon Dr Azimulah Babar director medical services.

It said seven new administrative officers, 14 surgeons, five neurosurgeons and five specialists of skin diseases would be appointed for the centre.

It has been decided that in case of an emergency, doctors at all public sector hospitals in Quetta would ensure their availability to the trauma centre within 30 minutes on the call of its managing director or director medical services.

The notification said all staff members would have to report the managing director on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, there are calls from some quarters that there should be a ban on doctors posted at the trauma centre from doing private practice.