Monday, January 03, 2005

Protester dies of severe cold in Sui

QUETTA, Jan 2: A worker died of severe cold in a protest camp in Sui area of Dera Bugti district on Saturday night.

According to reports reaching here, Pir Jan Bugti was among the protesters who had been observing strike and staging protest at various gates of the Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) purification plant for the last eight months in support of their demands.

"Pir Jan lost his life last night in the protesting camp due to severe cold," the President of the Fireman Association of the PPL, Marri Khan Bugti, said at a press conference in Dera Bugti on Sunday.

He announced three-day mourning for the death of Pir Jan. He criticized the attitude of the PPL administration for not paying any heed to the demands of protesting employees.

Meanwhile, work charge employees of Uch gas field staged a protest rally in Uch on Sunday and marched through the main streets of the township in support of their demands. They chanted slogans against the officials of the Oil and Gas Development Corporation for not accepting their just demands.

Mengal agrees to sell land to FC, claims govt

By Rauf Klasra

ISLAMABAD: The federal government, in a major breakthrough, has claimed to have finally persuaded Mr. Attaullah Mengal, a Baloch leader in the forefront in resisting establishment of cantonments in his home province, to sell his 80 acres of land worth millions of rupees to the Frontier Constabulary to facilitate the latter’s operations to maintain law and order in the area.

The prime land of Mengal located in his hometown Khuzdar, was reportedly occupied by FC where it constructed a fort for law and order purpose when the ageing Mengal was in self-exile in London. It is reported that the government is offering Rs 10 million to Mengal for the land. A spokesman for the Balochistan National Party, Senator Sanaullah Baloch confirmed that the issue of sale of the land was raised at the meeting of Parliamentary Committee on Balochistan in Quetta last month. However, the spokesman claimed that Mengal was not ready to sell his land to the FC.

But official documents of the meeting available with this correspondent reveal that the Baloch nationalist leader has agreed to sell his land. Earlier, the information regarding the sale of land was placed in the last meeting of the subcommittee on Nov 3.

Senator Mushahid Hussain presided over the meeting that lasted for three consecutive days during which the committee members were given a thorough briefing by the bosses of the Coastal Guards, FC, the Gwadar Authority and other concerned departments over the prevailing situation and the related matters.

Talking to The News, Senator Sanaullah Baloch said the government had made a financial offer to Mengal for the land, but the Baloch leader did not accept it. He said he had recently met Mengal who categorically stated that he would not sell his land to the FC in keeping with his principled stand against the establishment of any military installation in the province.

Sanaullah accused the government of unleashing a baseless propaganda against Mengal to mislead the people of Balochistan to weaken the Baloch movement against the establishment of cantonments in the strategic province.

However, according to the available documents of the sub-committee meeting, Senator Raza Khan Raza of the Pushtoon Khwa Milli Awami Party raised the issue of the presence of FC and other agencies in the province. He said the government has allocated Rs 9.5 billion for converting B areas into A areas. He said with half of that money, the Levies could be trained and modernised. He further stated that most of the land in Quetta, Kohlu, Zhob and Noshki has been taken over by the army. He suggested if any military or paramilitary force requires land it should be given under a proper law, but giving land to army for commercial purposes is not proper.

The documents show that at this point chief minister of Balochistan, Jam Yousuf raised the issue of sale of land by Attaullah Mengal to the FC in district Khuzdar.


At 3:14 AM, Blogger tahir said...

what are your ultimate goals after liberating Blochistan and what will happen to poor people whom you all saradars have exploited them as slaves since centuries.............please search your souls and give a correct answer if you have a concious............... lol


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