Deadly strike: Major among 14 FC personnel killed in Balochistan

Published: November 21, 2011

Security forces have mounted a massive manhunt in the area after the attacks.

QUETTA: At least 14 soldiers, including a major of the Frontier Corps, were killed when militants armed with sophisticated weapons attacked their convoy near a coalfield in Musa Khel, on Sunday night.

The banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) has claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident took place near Bahlol Basti and Kingari in Musa Khel district where a coalmine project was inaugurated by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani recently.

A BLA spokesman, who identified himself as Azad Baloch, has claimed that 40 FC personnel and one attacker were killed in the clash. Calling from an unspecified location, he warned that attacks would continue in the future.

A unit of the paramilitary FC was sent for providing security cover for the project. Armed men opened fire on the FC convoy a few kilometres from Bahlol Basti, a FC spokesperson said in a statement. Loralai Scouts were responsible for the project’s security, but the FC was sent on the request of residents to provide additional security for the project, he said. The FC was sent for maintenance of peace and order when it was attacked by hostile elements, reads the statement.

There were other incidents of assault by militants. According to sources, FC personnel were engaged in setting up a checkpost near Kingari and Bahal when scores of militants laid siege and opened indiscriminate firing on FC troops. Militants fired 30 rockets on FC checkposts in Kohlu, according to the FC spokesperson. Assailants also opened fire on other checkposts and fled from the scene after retaliatory firing by FC personnel. No casualty was reported in either attack, he said.

The FC termed the attacks acts of ‘cowardice’ and said the soldiers’ sacrifice would not go in vain. “Terrorists will be brought to book and will not be allowed to fulfill their nefarious designs.”

According to sources, security forces have mounted a massive manhunt in the area after the attacks. Banned Baloch militant groups, struggling for complete liberation of Balochistan, often target security forces, police and economic installations in the province.

The deceased army major was identified as Muhammad Amir Shahzad. The slain personnel include Subedar Dawood, Hawaldar Ghafoor, Lance Naik Makram, Sepoy Muhammad Taufiq, Mira Jan, Ghulam, Sarwar, Mubullah, Zubair Ahmed, Abdul Nabi and Muhammad Asif.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Baloch
    Nov 21, 2011 - 11:30AM

    Azaad Balochistan

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  • A J Khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 11:53AM

    People of Balochistan are not slaves of few illiterate Sardars and War Lords. Never ever are we going to support the Balochistan as envisaged by the stooges of the foreign intelligence agencies.
    These thieves should forget about their culture of shepherd and the cattle. Sardars are no more shepherds as they used to be and people are no more cattle.
    We care too hoots for these foreign agents. They cannot barter our lives for indian rupia, or $ss.
    An important message to those who are mislead by the name of the province. Balochistan is 50% Pashtun, and the remaining 50 % has all the nationalities living in Pakistan.

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  • Sarak Balcoh
    Nov 21, 2011 - 2:56PM

    @ AJ Khan, you are not the same Pashtun living other parts of Pakistan.. Keep into mind there is no resoucers and nor any important route in Pashtun Belt which comprises merely 5 to 6 districts with mimum population of Baloch…The Afghan refugees are over 10 million in Balochistan… do no live in fool paradize….. five and six districts are not balochistan they are anxied terority of Afghanistan… So join Afghanistan.. We respect Pashtun and consider them our brothers. But it does not mean that me let them to project wrong image of Balochistan… It belongs to Baloch solely….Though nationalist boycotted the election but stilll 40 out of 65 MPAs are Baloch…. so you can not hide the truth like Pakistani establishment

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  • Mir Ahmed
    Nov 21, 2011 - 4:56PM

    Pashtoons were less than 30 % of Balochistan, whereas some 25 lakh afghan refugees including pashto speaking afghanies, hazara, tajik and uzbek refugees from afghanistan are settled in the pashtoon belt of balochistan, which is comprised of 7-8 districts namely Quetta, Pishin, Loralai, Killah saifullah, Killah Abdullah, Ziarat, Shirani, MusaKhel and Zhob rest of the 22 district of Balochistan are Baloch majority areas with no stake of pashtoons in it.

    So out of 30 district 22 are Baloch and 8 are Pashtoon, our of 65 MPA’s 40 are Baloch, still the Punjabi establishment insist that Pashtoon are fifty percent, which is a visible hypocrisy on the part of Pakistanis. Recommend

  • Zalim singh
    Nov 21, 2011 - 5:45PM

    this is headlines news.

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  • shan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 5:52PM

    soon those terrorist will be punished, they have no place to hide or live in Pakistan.

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  • Lashkar Bugti
    Nov 21, 2011 - 6:55PM

    I want to clear that we, Baloch, support Pakistan and Pakistan Army.
    For information, Pukhtoon are 25-30% of Balochistan. Afghan refuges should go back. 10, out of 30 districts, belong to Pukhtoons namely: Quetta, Pishin, Qilla Abdullah, Zhob, Loralai, Sherani, Musa Khel, Qilla Saifullah, Ziarat and Harnai.

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  • Ghulam Murtaza
    Nov 21, 2011 - 7:45PM

    QUETTA does not belong to Pashtun… why people ignore Saryab, that cover half of the Quetta.. no single Pashtun or other ethnic is living there…. while Baloch also live other part of Quetta…..try to understand if any on doubt or suspect then must visit Quetta on Eid days.. you can not find any Pashtun Majority apart from one or five hundred families….

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  • zullu
    Nov 21, 2011 - 8:31PM

    Regardless it is baloch area or pashtun area….killing is not justified…..condolences to the familes of men killed….

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  • Mureed Khan
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:04PM

    Struggle till victory. occupying forces are destined to leave Balochistan, sooner or later its just a matter of time. Good job guys, indeed the right way to remember Balach on his day of martyrdom.
    AJ Khan do not represent Pashtuns. there are some vultures in balochistan who feed on blackmail corruption and plain simple bigotry, there are some Balochs as well and some pashtuns too involved in such tricks. these people feed on hatred and grapple over the bones that state throw at them like dogs.
    Just ignore such people. common Pashtun still bleeds in the Pakistani sponsored imperial so called ‘jihad’. there is not a single Baloch leader who has ever laid any claims of an inch of Pashtun land.

    we do not stand for expansionism and bigotry. we stand for equality, justice and off course freedom.

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  • Nov 21, 2011 - 9:23PM

    Belobalochistan Belongs to Baloch nation not to any pashtun living in balochistan .we respect pashtun and considerd the as brotherhood it dosen’t mean they belongs to balochistan.where they lives thats part of afghanistan and some parts of balochistan were also diverted in Afghanistan during deviding policy.

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  • Voice of Baloch
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:34PM

    Huh killing is not justified? Where are your these feelings when 9th grader Baloch boy was tortured and killed, where were your emotions when 100s of Baloch youth was tortured, killed . The killings are still going on in Balochistan.
    We just want Independence, nothing less than this is acceptable.
    Azaad BalochistanRecommend

  • Aadersh
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:42PM

    We Balochs are happy living in Pakistan….Pakistan Zindabad!!

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  • Lawangin
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:54PM

    With Reference to Mir Ahmad and Sarak Baloch. Pashtoon respect and recognize Baloch right of self determination and even support their war of liberation. This does not matter wether Pashtoon constitute 50% or less as long as Baloch have no control over their motherland. To make their natinal liberation movement a success, they should increase the number of their friends. we are their friends. we are their weller wishers. we know our territorail boundries and if there is any imbagvouty our elders know how to resolove it. Under the name of psedue pashtoon or otherwise should not create any bad taste between Baloch and Pashtoon. This is not the time to create rift when there does not exist one between Baloch and Pashtoon in Balochistan.

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  • Khan jr
    Nov 21, 2011 - 9:56PM

    We have pathetically short memories. In the savagery that took place in East Pakistan the Bengalis were always called ” miscreants”. Today thanks to the petty small brained propagandists we find the same term being applied in Balochistan. Obviously the lessons were never learnt and we just go on arrogantly repeating the same absurd follies all over again.Recommend

  • zullu
    Nov 21, 2011 - 10:09PM

    @voice of baloch……………I also condemn the killings of balochs/the missing person fiasco……but this no way justifies killing of innocent labourers just because they are not baloch / all target killing is pathetic…….

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  • khalid
    Nov 22, 2011 - 1:23AM

    long live baloch freedom fighter
    long live freedom balochistan

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  • aheartoflion
    Nov 22, 2011 - 2:33AM

    Looks like Indians are using Pakistani names now. Let me tell you Pakistan includes following areas which will be included or is included in Pakistan. Punjab, Sindh, Kashmir, Blochistan, and Kyaber Pakhtoon Khawa. In your dreams…..you can break Pakistan.

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  • A Pakistani
    Nov 22, 2011 - 5:47AM

    I express my condolences to the families of the martyred. In the same regard, our armed forces must stop oppression and back out from Balochistan. We must provide Autonomy to Balochistan but baloch must be under the control of Pakistan. We should give 50% of revenues/profits earned from the Baloch Region back to the Elected Autonomous Government of Pakistan so they can use for development purposes.

    Education and Development is the only way rather than Oppression. More our Armed forces oppress, more the situation gets worse. Once we stop getting Aid, where will Armed forces get money to fight multiple enemies.

    We have many enemies, Afghanistan, Iran, Taliban, Baloch, India in the immediate vicinity. We need friends and its time for national reconciliation.

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  • Jameel
    Nov 22, 2011 - 5:52AM

    @aheartoflion:

    In your dreams…..you can break
    Pakistan.

    This won’t be the first time.

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  • Ali
    Nov 22, 2011 - 6:16AM

    @Voice of Baloch:
    Shame….

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  • sohail baloch
    Nov 22, 2011 - 6:47AM

    @aheartoflion:
    u r rite im baloch nd with pakistan and we know the reality ..majority here are with pakistan

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  • sikh
    Nov 22, 2011 - 6:49AM

    azad khalistan too ……

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  • Someone
    Nov 22, 2011 - 7:20AM

    Without Balochistan, Pakistan is nothing.

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  • Assam_Freedom_Fighter
    Nov 22, 2011 - 9:08AM

    To my Baloch Bros: D’ont fall into the wicked net of Indians. They are using you guys like consumables. Your destiny is freedom from Tribal Leaders and so is ours from India.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 22, 2011 - 9:33AM

    Its a great loss, salute to Shaheed Officers and Jawans. Our best and bravest have sacrificed their lives for Pakistan. Top Brass, instead of spending their energies to topple elected government should pay attention on our internal and external enemies.

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  • Lashkar Bugti
    Nov 22, 2011 - 9:41AM

    We Baloch are with Pakistan. Pakistan zinda bad. Balochistan zinda bad.

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  • A J Khan
    Nov 22, 2011 - 11:47AM

    @Sarak Balcoh:
    @Mir Ahmed:
    Balochs have 40 seats out of 65 because it was the gimmick of the election commission. They have 20 districts because they have a districts of thirty thousand people like Washuk, Dalbadin, Awaran etc. These are just political gimmicks.
    The problem is that you have a Baloch Governor, A Baloch CM, a Baloch Chief Secretary and most of the secretaries are Balochs. So whom are you complaining against.
    Your biggest complaint should be against your own corruption, your own mis-governance your own incompetance.
    If you are fair enough, just spell out what had the Khan of Kalat done for his own people when he was all in all till 1948.
    It was after the creation of Pakistan that roads, electricity and all the developments were done in the Baloch and Brohi areas.
    As far as Pashtuns are concerned, they have the potential to stay alive in worst environment and they donot need your support. If they can face 35 countries in Afghanistan, a small addition will not matter much.
    Pakistan Zinda bad,

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  • Ali
    Nov 22, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Kill each and every terrorist until peace prevails in Pakistan and Balochistan, Pakistan Army should use hard hands. No more negotiations with these terrorists.

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  • A
    Nov 22, 2011 - 1:01PM

    Govt. should launch operation against BLA. Today these terrorist have targeted Chinese Engineers. BLA is playing in foreign hands who do not want any development in Balochistan.

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  • Kadir
    Nov 22, 2011 - 1:30PM

    We are Balochs but we are Pakistanis first, we cannot let these sardars play wrong because they are not getting to enslave us and loot the province. We are behind other provinces but thats our internal issue with our Govt. We are grateful to Pak Army which is working to develop our province despite of dangers from foreign trained malitia. I stress again we have no wish to be independant nor with any stupid idea of with Afghaistan, We are Pakistanis and We shall remain Pakistanis forever. InshAllah

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  • Shahid Mari
    Nov 22, 2011 - 1:59PM

    blood of baloch is as green as any other Pakistanis. Long live Balochistan, Long live Pakistan

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  • Mahesh Patil
    Nov 22, 2011 - 2:18PM

    @aheartoflion:
    Why not Bangla Desh also?

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  • Lashkar Bugti
    Nov 22, 2011 - 3:31PM

    I live in Dera Bugti. I know how India supports terrorists in Balochistan through Afghanistan. How they are getting millions of rupee, arms and training? India is 100% supporting Terrorists in Balochistan and Pakistan.

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  • Khalistan
    Nov 22, 2011 - 11:05PM

    Azad Khalistan, free Assam, free Kashmir, free Hyderabad, free Junagadh, free West Bengal (join Bangladesh), free Minicoy islands (join Maldives), free Tamils, free Naxalites in Northeast.

    All these are required for a free India.

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  • hameed baloch
    Nov 23, 2011 - 1:18AM

    we are baloch we belong to our east or west occuopied balochitan .
    the occuoption of our greandfatheres land from iran and pakistan side will not contenue for ever enshalla.
    if pakistan say india supporting our freedom fighter ,then how they want to make god relation with the enemy now (india) ?
    for any action ther is opposit and equal reaction.
    pakistan army by killing us will not win the war becusse our freedom fighter (sarmachar) fighting for freedom of baloch land (balochistan) they will contenue struggle till free balochistan from occuption .
    any body fight for the nation for freedom against the occupier they are not terrorist .
    the terrorist ho occupied east and west balochistan and they dvided our land betwen pakistan and iran they are the terrorist .
    when we ask for our balochistan freedom they call us terrorist and indian and amarican egent.
    the pakitan useing the word of terrorist againest baloch to kill the baloch without any prablam.
    log live our baloch freedom fighter (sarmachar).Recommend

  • Pashthoonkhwa
    Nov 23, 2011 - 2:24AM

    Pashtoons of Southern Pashthoonkhwa are not migrated people or settlers in fact they live on thier land even before creation of Balochistan province they had thier own province so i will suggest for those who deny the existence of Pashtoon nation and territory to read history, Pashtoon wants to merg with Khyber Pashtoonkhwa, or revival of former Pashtoon province called british balochistan or to live with equal status,nothing less than that.

    By bogus and engineered census in past balochs have created more districts and more seats, criminally showing Pashtoon less to enjoy all in all control over province, but present censes is going to expose that so beating drums in advance for Afghan refugees even calling locals Afghan refugees shows the real mindset.

    We want our land we the masters (not baloch or punjabi)

    .

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  • Sarak Balcoh
    Nov 23, 2011 - 3:31PM

    lolzz….. Mr. Pahstooooons…. British Balochistan was also containing Baloch districts…. So why do not you people claim that rest of Balochistan is belong to Pashtun.. Karachi, Sindh, KP, Hazara areas and Punjab in some extent…. still two provinces in Afghanistan are pre dominant by Baloch… so read the correct history….. The Pashtoons in Balochistan created more districts even look at Pishin with 5,000 population, Musa Khail where Buzdar, Baloch living, also declared Pashtun district, Sherani with 10 thousand population…. you people can not hide the reality.. wakeup :-)

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  • WTIAN
    Nov 23, 2011 - 6:33PM

    Oh, it hurts! When even the faintest idea of India helping the Baloch separatists is aired all of you start crying hoarse. What are you guys doing in Kashmir, aiding and abetting “freedom fighters”? When you are paid in the same coin, it starts hurting..Recommend

  • Pashthoonkhwa
    Nov 23, 2011 - 7:56PM

    @Sarak Balo

    Natural Balochistan belongs to Baloch, we respect every inch of that land and have no thinking of expension.

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  • hameed baloch
    Nov 25, 2011 - 3:34AM

    long live baloch freedom movment
    our old balochistan was united only one part from krachi east to bandar abaas west and from gwader south to kandhar north.when the bretish( england) came to occupied balochistan they devided our land to three part by line they call it dorand line . the west occupied by iran in 1928 and they dvided our land to three part to make baloch nation weak one part of our land joint it to farsi provence(hermoz jan) and 2nd land joint it to farsi provence (kerman) and 3rd is balochistan but they joint it with farsi land they call it now (sistan balochistan) . this is the irani farsi politecs againest baloch to make us weak and manority over our land.
    the north occupied and given to ifganistan (neamrooz provence) and same part of helmand.
    the east occupied by pkistan army in 3/1948 from that day to now pakistan treat baloch like slaves 3rd class cetisen daily they are killing our baloch . one day insall will cam we will be the masters of our land baloch not occupieres . ther are sam lande above quita belong to pathan not baloch this is fact . we will give your people this lands but we want our land in neamroz provence and sam part of helmand . do you agree ?

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  • Surkhab
    Nov 25, 2011 - 1:19PM

    @hameed baloch:
    You are writing fiction based on wishes.
    History does not know any such country by the name that you are suggesting. The fact is that the khan of Kalat and his dominion was the country of Brohi/Balochs and till date it is the same. Adding left, right and centre will not make your claims worthy of reading.
    Please keep your claims close to ground reality. .

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  • sohail baloch
    Nov 25, 2011 - 4:14PM

    @hameed baloch:
    u r not baloch actually….u r an indian …we baloch know the reality …….we all r with pakistan…

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  • Attaullah Balouch
    Jan 17, 2012 - 1:04AM

    @shan:
    You people are seems to be blind in anti Baloch propaganda, so there is an advise from my side to you people dont play in the hand of Pakistani establishment, dont close your eyes like a pigeon who scared and closed her eyes while looking a cat. and the final advise from my side please dont live in fool’s paradise because the world is now became a global village and nothing will be hide from media’s eye.

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