Saturday, February 19, 2005

Rockets fired on Kohlu, Nushki

By Our Staff Correspondent

QUETTA, Feb 14: Nushki and Kohlu were rocked on Monday when unknown men fired rockets targeting Frontier Corps checkpoints. In Kohlu, five rockets exploded at different places near residential area.

Frontier Corps personnel fired back in the direction from which the attack had been launched.

In Nushki, unknown men fired four rockets towards an FC checkpoint. One of the rockets exploded near the checkpoint and slightly damaged an official vehicle.

Baloch leaders meet US envoy

KARACHI, Feb 14: US Ambassador Ryan Crocker had talks here on Monday with prominent Baloch leaders, including chief of the Pakistan Oppressed Nations Movement Sardar Attaullah Mengal, Sardar Sherbaz Mazari , leader of opposition in the Balochistan Assembly Kachkool Ali Baloch, Jamhoori Watan Party leader Shahid Bugti and Pakistan Muslim League leader Jaffar Mandokhel on the situation in the province, recent attacks on the Sui gas installations and the incident of criminal assault on a woman doctor.

The talks, held at the residence of US Consul General Douglas Rohn, lasted for three hours. -PPI

Cantonments in Balochistan aimed against Iran: CPP

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Feb 14: The Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP) has opposed the planned military operation in Balochistan and accused the rulers of pursuing the policy of US imperialism.

Speaking at a press conference here on Monday, Secretary General of the party Khadim Thahim said that after the forcible occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, the US had now planned to capture Iran for which it wanted to establish military bases in Gwadar and Pasni.

He said that the military leadership's move to set up cantonments in Khulu, Sui and Gwadar were the first part of the "US game" aimed at establishing its hegemony in the whole region.

The CPP leader was of the view that Washington had decided to impose its self-designed system on Iran. He referred to the stationing of US troops in Jacobabad and claimed that while the base had been used to facilitate US military action in Afghanistan, the bases in Balochistan would be used to facilitate a military operation in Iran.

Criticizing Islamabad's economic policies, he alleged that the rulers had been pursuing a US agenda and ignoring the national interest. Mr Thahim also criticized the role of major parties in the country and accused leadership of the PPP and PML-N of betraying masses by, what he called, 'entering into secret deals with the rulers'.

Maintaining that the 1973 constitution had failed to protect rights of citizens, he called for a new constitution that could guarantee safety, security and rights of each and every citizen.

Statements recorded in Sui assault case

By Our Staff Correspondent

QUETTA, Feb 14: The judicial tribunal investigating the Sui assault case recorded statements of more officials on Monday.

The Chief Medical Officer of the Pakistan Petroleum Limited hospital in Sui, Dr Mohammad Usman, Medical Officer Dr Mohammad Ali and Head Constable Mohammad Younas of the local police station, who were summoned by the judge, appeared before the tribunal comprising Justice Ahmed Khan Lashari.

The tribunal adjourned its proceedings till Tuesday after recording the statements. The acting manager of PPL Sui plant, Pervez Jamboola, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sui, Abdul Karim, and Station House Officer, Sui, Mohammad Ilyas, will record their statements about the incident on Tuesday.


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