Thursday, October 20, 2005

BNP leaders condemn Wadh attack

BNP leaders condemn Wadh attack

By Our Staff Correspondent

QUETTA, Oct 19: The Balochistan National Party (BNP) has condemned an attack on the residence of veteran Baloch leader and Ponam chief Sardar Ataullah Mengal and held secret agencies, provincial government and Muslim Leaguers responsible.

An emergency meeting of the party held here on Wednesday adopted a resolution describing the Wadh incident as an effort to stop the Mengal tribe and Sardar Mengal’s family from providing political guidance to the Baloch people.

“It is a conspiracy of secret agencies against Mengal tribe and its tribal elder,” the resolution claimed and vowed to foil all such bids with the cooperation of party workers.

The resolution also warned that all such conspiracies would be resisted with full force at all levels and the government, PML and secret agencies would not be allowed to implement their designs against the Mengal family.

The meeting decided to hold a Press conference on Thursday to inform people about the realities.

The meeting of PONAM would also be convened soon in this regard.

Meanwhile, a delegation of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party head by its Secretary General Akram Shah, visited central secretariat of BNP and condemned the Wadh incident.

Settlement of land in Quetta valley urged

By Our Correspondent

QUETTA, Oct 19: Elders of the Sadaat-i-Karani clan have called upon the provincial government to settle the issue of barren land in Quetta valley to prevent tribal feuds which may erupt due to bogus registration by the tehsil staff of the land belonging to local tribesmen.

Speaking at a press conference at the press club on Wednesday, Syed Ali Ahmed Shah and other elders of the clan said that the killing of four people in Kili Ghulam Jan (Sariab) on October 15 was the result of fake registration of a plot of land.

They said that the British government had in 1945 carried out settlement of some of the land in Quetta valley and registered it in names of tribesmen. But now, they alleged that the tehsil staff in collaboration with land mafia were selling the unsettled barren land through bogus registrations.

They claimed that on the directives of the then acting president, Mr Wasim Sajjad, then governor of Balochistan Abdul Rahim Durrani had on Dec 6 1995 cancelled the bogus settlement of the land conducted in 1986-87 following strong protests by local tribesmen.

They appealed to the president and the prime minister to intervene and restrain the tehsil staff from re-issuing cancelled settlement transfer of land registration to land mafia.

GOVERNOR: Provincial Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani has said the contributions made by the people of Balochistan for earthquake victims in Azad Kashmir and the NWFP was an _expression of solidarity and love for their brethren.

Talking to volunteers during a visit to relief camps established in the city on Wednesday, the governor said that the earthquake was a major tragedy but the immediate response of the people across the country was a source of comfort for the victims.

He said that contributions made by the people in cash and kind helped ease problems of the victims and, at the same time, effectively demonstrated that the people and the government were united in efforts to help their brethren in their hour of distress.

Vast areas in Azad Kashmir and the NWFP were hit by the quake and therefore, Mr Owais said that it was the responsibility of the people to continue their cooperation with people engaged in providing relief to the affected people.

The governor visited the camps set up at Bolan Shop, Askari Park, Meezan Chowk, Shara-i-Adalat and Jinnah Road.

Volunteers at the camps informed the governor about relief aid sent to the affected areas.

GWADAR BLAST CASE: A division bench of the Balochistan High Court has admitted a petition filed by the state challenging the judgment of a lower court acquitting five people in the May 3, 2004, Gwadar bomb blast case.

Three Chinese were killed and nine others suffered injuries in the blast near the Gwadar seaport.

The bench, comprising Chief Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai and Justice Kelash Nath Kohli, issued notices and bailable arrest warrants for the accused.

The judge of the Anti-Terrorism Court, Quetta, had acquitted Mohammad Aslam Guagrani, Khuda Bakhsh, Mohammad Usman, Master Saeed and Ataur Rehman Mengal when the prosecution failed to prove the charge against them.

Special prosecutor Bashir Ahmed Qazi has filed the petition on behalf of the state.

KARACHI: BSO chief ends protest on HRCP assurance

By Our Staff Reporter

KARACHI, Oct 19: Baloch Students Organization Chairman Dr Imdad Baloch, who ended his 16-day fast-unto-death on Tuesday evening, said that struggle for the rights of Baloch people would continue.

He went on hunger-strike on Oct 2 in protest against the illegal detention of BSO activists and political prisoners in Balochistan and “state repression in the province.”

The BSO leader called off his strike at the request of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Baloch and Sindhi nationalist leaders, who assured him that the issue of detention of BSO leaders would be raised at national forum.

The BSO has been active in highlighting the plight of Baloch people by launching campaigns on issues such as military operation in Balochistan, longer standing issue of access to resources such as gas and other mineral resources.


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