Balochistan insurgency: 14 FC troops killed in Turbat ambush

Published: January 12, 2012

Rockets struck two vehicles of FC, killing 14 personnel. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

QUETTA: In one of the deadliest-ever attacks on security forces in the volatile Balochistan province, suspected Baloch insurgents on Wednesday ambushed a paramilitary convoy near Turbat city, killing 14 troops, including two officers.

Armed men fired grenades at two vehicles carrying troops of the paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) in the mountainous Wakai area near Nawano check-post, about 50 kilometres from Turbat city, sources said.

“The attackers first fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at the vehicles and then opened fire on them,” one source told The Express Tribune by phone from the region.

The troops were engaged in a mine-sweeping operation in the region when they came under attack, sources said.

The sudden attack was so intense that the paramilitary troops couldn’t retaliate. As a result, all 14 troops, among them two Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs), travelling in the two vehicles, were killed.

Soon after the attack, a heavy contingent of FC and law-enforcement agencies was rushed to the site which engaged the attackers in a firefight. However, it wasn’t immediately known if any of the assailants was killed or injured in the retaliatory attack.

The bodies of FC troops were shifted to the district headquarters hospital in Turbat.

According to television report, the outlawed Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) has claimed responsibility for the deadly ambush.

Baloch insurgents have been fighting a protracted insurgency in the province to demand more autonomy and control over the natural resources of their impoverished region.

The insurgency became more deadly following the killing of Baloch chieftain Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was also the chief of Jamhoori Watan Party, in a military operation in the Taratani caves of Kohlu district in 2006.

The Pakistan Peoples Party-led coalition government has announced a package, Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan, to address the sense of deprivation among the people in the largest province of the country.

However, this delayed move has done little to pacify the Baloch insurgent groups who, it appears, do not want a political solution to the problem.

They blame the military for continuing detentions and subsequent killing of political activists in an attempt to muzzle dissenting voices.

Rights groups have also expressed concerns at growing violation of human rights and continuing ‘disappearances’ of political workers in the province.

On his recent visits to Karachi and Quetta, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif admitted that successive governments had done injustices to the Baloch people. But he promised to ‘fight the Balochistan case’, if his party was voted to power in the upcoming parliamentary.

In a meeting with Sharif, veteran Baloch politician Sardar Ataullah Mengal made an ominous statement: “There will come a point when Balochistan’s youth will not listen to me or anyone else.” He added that “they (the Baoch youth) have decided that they cannot be a part of a country that treats them like this.”

Published in The Express Tribune, January 12th, 2012.

Reader Comments (39)

  • Roflcopter
    Jan 12, 2012 - 1:05AM

    ISI will deal with these traitors for sure

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  • Shyam
    Jan 12, 2012 - 2:06AM

    @Roflcopter

    ISI will deal with these traitors for sure

    Is ISI turning into a secret police of Pakistan instead of intelligence services.Secret police spend their time trying to supress internal dissent through abductions, torture, asssasinations of political enemies?

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  • Patriotic
    Jan 12, 2012 - 3:02AM

    I admit that the US played a major role in the creation of these terrorists but now we need to stop supporting our stance with this excuse. These terrorists are our problem now. We can’t forgive the US fully for their way of using and abusing us, but we also need to protect our current and future generations from this wave of extremism and terrorism. How many more have to die before we use the force of the state to remind these barbarians who is in charge? It’s not siding with either the US or the Taliban and Al-Qaeda anymore; it’s about siding with either Pakistan or these extremists! These terrorists stopped being a strategic asset a long, long time ago, right at the moment they first targeted innocent Pakistanis. Blood for blood; eye for eye; us taking revenge for their atrocities! Do wake up Pakistan!

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  • Baloch
    Jan 12, 2012 - 3:18AM

    BLA are goons and thugs!

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  • Jan 12, 2012 - 3:25AM

    How is it that both Taliab and Baluch terrorist attacks increase in frequency and intensity whenever US-Pakistan relations are tense?

    How is it that the BLA terrorists were shown carrying SAM’s in the recent Al Jazeera program on Baluchistan? Even the Taliban have not been known to have used or acquired SAM’s since the US invasion of Afghanistan, so who is providing the BLA with all these sophisticated weapons?

    I say look no further than the fact that the Afghan and US governments sheltered and supported Brahamdegh Bugti and various other BLA terrorists, as disclosed by tUS diplomatic cables containing transcripts of conversations between Karzai, US, UN and Afghan officials, discussing the presence of Bugit and BLA terrorists in Kabul and Afghanistan.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 12, 2012 - 3:33AM

    This incident is very serious. Our best and bravest are killed in dozens every day and no one in Islamabad seems to be worried. The government, army, SC and other political parties must stand together and save Pakistan from complete breakdown. In present circumstances no one will come out as a winner.

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  • rk from NY
    Jan 12, 2012 - 4:32AM

    killing in pak..?? really???..arn’t they so civilized and progressive nation..????

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  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 12, 2012 - 4:37AM

    @Roflcopter:
    Totally bro, let these current crisis end and get out of this war OF terror. ISI and army needs full concentration in flushing out all the anti-state agents whether they are local warlords or foreigner troublemaker

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  • Abdullah Baloch
    Jan 12, 2012 - 5:13AM

    Give us freedom every thing will be ok

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  • Usman
    Jan 12, 2012 - 5:59AM

    This Balochistan issue has been conjured out of thin air. They should learn a lesson from TTP, if you fight withouth a cause, you will not succeed.

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  • Akhtar
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:00AM

    We must pull out our troops in the entire tribal belt From KP to baloch. What’s the point in. Killing our own & killing our army. This is nothing but suicide. These tribals couldn’t be controlled historically. If we don’t stop this war, Pakistan will become 4 countries.

    This could be as early as 2014.

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  • Ahmed Tariq
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:59AM

    Dudes, these are angry baloch. You have to pacify them. There’s an insurgency going on over there rather than you blame the baloch, the so-called democratic government should be blamed for not able to check target killings and missing persons in balochistan

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  • Mirza Mir
    Jan 12, 2012 - 9:49AM

    Ever since Pakistan opted to become an arab country and moved to the middle east, Israelis and Americans have made it a sport to hunt Pakistani troops. The clue is in the use of sophisticated weapons. Who besides Pakistan, and its nemeses USA and Israel, has sophisticated weapons?

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  • Super Star
    Jan 12, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Baloch have a right of ‘ self determination ‘. using Pakistans own language in Kashmir!!

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  • Hawkins
    Jan 12, 2012 - 11:17AM

    pls comment in short…so one can read ….don’t comment bigger than news…!
    don’t blame Pak army. Recommend

  • Vigilant
    Jan 12, 2012 - 11:30AM

    @Abdullah Baloch
    Freedom from who??? your own tribal elders……who are holding all offices in the bolachistan…….who did nothing for you in all those years……even having highest political offices in Pakistan…..

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  • Aamir
    Jan 12, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Libyan style insurgency… hope to see NATO no fly zone in Balochistan. Repeated script and fooled nations. We are blessed with incompetents who destroyed Pakistan.

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  • Fawad
    Jan 12, 2012 - 12:51PM

    BLF is the biggest terrorist group and is supported by RAW. They are killing innocent people and spreading violence in Balochistan.

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  • AK47
    Jan 12, 2012 - 4:35PM

    If this insurgency is not stopped then we will be seeing another country created out of PakistanRecommend

  • khan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 6:15PM

    @Agnostic Muslim:
    dear agnostic muslim,you should know the differece between terorist and freedom fighters BLA never targated innocent civillians like TTP,Hqani and other militant group do target innocent civilian bla is a liberation organization fighting for rights and freedom of baluch nation and they will continue their mission untill get freedom InshallahRecommend

  • Abdul jalil khan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:17PM

    @khan! What kind of mimdset you have!
    Being an educated person,it could,nt be expected from you to call killer a freedom fighter..Recommend

  • Amjad
    Jan 12, 2012 - 7:27PM

    Obviously these are paid criminals and agents of the enemies of Pakistan- it’s proven that many of the criminals are sent by India through their lackeys in Afghanistan. Another reason to seal the border with Afghanistan.

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  • Usman786
    Jan 12, 2012 - 8:25PM

    @Abdullah Baloch:
    What u will gain by independence? See Bangladesh example. Donot u agree that your leader, incl Bugti & Mengal, have done nothing for the improvement of Balochistan?

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  • Khan
    Jan 12, 2012 - 10:49PM

    @Shaym: Please dont tell us the meaning of secret police! ISI is there to protect Pakistans interests , doesnot matter what you call it. These terrorists must be dealt with severe manner.

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  • Vicram Singh
    Jan 12, 2012 - 11:37PM

    @Usman786: ” … What u will gain by independence? See Bangladesh example. … “

    That is what the Baluch are doing … following Bangladesh example. Bangladesh is ahead of Pakistan in all fields that matter.

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  • Abu
    Jan 13, 2012 - 12:09AM

    @Fawad: good point blame RAW for all our inefficiency and nonsense…

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  • Abu
    Jan 13, 2012 - 12:15AM

    @Usman786: your message is the testimony that still we have not learnt our past mistake…do you feel we are ahead of BD, when we left BD it was with nothing but now their textile industry is much larger and sophisticated then ours, also I believe they have a big Pharma industry better then ours – so it will be better to address the issue rather blaming others for our current situation…

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  • kasim.lahore
    Jan 13, 2012 - 2:55AM

    @Vicram Singh:

    Do you mean to say you are (India) helping BLA and gives training? Your (India) intention is to dismember Balochistan from Pakistan? Thanks for accepting the truth. Insha allah this will not happen.

    Please don’t think Bangladesh and Balochistan are same. No common border is there between India and Balochistan. You (India) can run proxy war in Balochistan but could not run a war.

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  • AB kasim
    Jan 13, 2012 - 9:47AM

    @Usman786:
    funny example, Bangladesh is performing much better than pakistan and they will .

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  • manzoor hossain
    Jan 13, 2012 - 10:48AM

    @Vicram Singh:
    absolutely correct…….except in the training and nursing of terrorists…..

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  • shehzad baloch
    Jan 13, 2012 - 5:41PM

    there cannot be two opinions about what the PML chief has said. Peace cannot be secured in Balochistan until the long, outstanding issues are resolved.

    Undoubtedly, all governments, including the present one, have paid lip-service to the issues confronting Balochistan and packages announced from time to time were never fulfilled. But at the same time effortsmade by the government, especially by the army, should be appreciated.

    Troops have already been withdrawn from Sui and Gwadar. The Baloch are being recruited in the army in large numbers.

    Development works undertaken by the army must have also been highlighted.

    There is need to win the hearts and minds of dissidents while countering negative statements by some of the politicians and separtists.

    It is time practical steps were taken to improve the situation. Instead of politicising the matter, political leaders should show a broader vision.

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  • Bengali Baba
    Jan 13, 2012 - 5:43PM

    @Vicram Singh:
    Absolutely correct. Balochistan will also prosper if it gains Independence.

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  • khan
    Jan 13, 2012 - 7:31PM

    @Abdul jalil khan:
    Dear Abdul j k; l mean they have never hit soft targets like schools hotels public transport markets masjids shrines,,etc. but other groups like ttp haqanis all lashkars taiba jangvi lslam etc allways hit these soft targets and kill innocent civilians they even attack jenazas and holly places.BLA target security forces who they consider as enemies and responsible for abducting and killing of hundreds of baluchs hundreds are still missing hundreds dead bodies of abducted baluchs were found and most of them are ordinnary people doctors students organization lawyers human right activists traders civil servants teachers professors writters and other working class people and this tragedy is still going on in baluchistan.so we must accept the truth,and is there any power to publicly name those responsables? can we blame on afghans or indians? ofcourse not,so why we blame india and afghans for the voices of baluchs?the voices slogans of freedom come from the hearts of baluch people and we must respect thier voices and feelings for freedom.we cant say they are killers or terrorist,cause they fight the killers of innocent baluchs,so we cant and should not compare them with other terrorist groups.thats why they are called freedom fighters, not terrorist. Recommend

  • Shyam
    Jan 14, 2012 - 6:02PM

    @Khan

    How much of protecting Pakistan has ISI done in the past? ISI activities whether within Pakistan or outside has not really made Pakistan a safer place. You might be closer to truth if you said ISI’s role is for protecting the Deep State within Pakistan

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  • waseem sadiq baloch
    Jan 15, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Being an educated person,it could,nt be expected from you to call a freedom fighter as killer.. must think before saying about a freedom fighter who are they? why they want freedom??

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  • Khurram Khan
    Feb 12, 2012 - 2:10PM

    Just Shift the FC and other Paramilitary forces to the border and fire all the corrupt government officials, their corruption is getting in the way of Federation and Baloch people. Provide them medication, Jobs, Multimedia Access and other facilities, instead of bullets and illegal kidnapping. Every thing will be ok. Baloch love Pakistan but the behaviour of Military Establishment is making them annoying

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  • monty....
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:49PM

    @Akhtar:
    Withdrawing forces will make them easy to occupy the land….finally leaving only punjab and karachi for pakistan…Its not a wise decision…The more u retreat..the more powerful they become..

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  • monty....
    Mar 4, 2012 - 2:53PM

    @Fawad:
    k…. Shall we discuss kashmir…U dont have right to point ur fingers when u are involved in the same thing on Our side…remember “Every action has equal and opposite reaction..”

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  • monty....
    Mar 4, 2012 - 3:06PM

    A bunch of idiots constituting less than 1% if population are troubling the entire nation…While its leaders are busy in learning new methods of corruption, plans for bringing army under civilian control, sells the natural resources to china, And by all these factors in play, pakistan is sure to end up in second colonial rule…but for a change…It will ve chinese now…not british…Remember…The British also came to the erstwhile India for trade…But wt was the result?? Be careful my brothers of Pakistan….

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