Abductors kill seven coal miners near Quetta

By AFP
Published: July 12, 2012
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Miners were abducted on July 7 in Soorang, their bullet-ridden bodies were dumped in hills of nearby Degari. PHOTO: FILE.

Miners were abducted on July 7 in Soorang, their bullet-ridden bodies were dumped in hills of nearby Degari. PHOTO: FILE.

QUETTA: Police on Thursday found the bodies of seven coal miners who were kidnapped last week in the Soorang area of Balochistan, officials said.

“The miners were abducted on July 7 in the Soorang area, 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of the provincial capital Quetta, and their bullet-ridden bodies were found dumped on a roadside in the hills of nearby Degari,” administration official Zafar Bokhari told AFP.

The Balochistan Liberation Army, which is fighting for independence from the federal government, had claimed responsibility for their kidnapping but there was no claim for their deaths, Bokhari said.

The miners were from the Swat valley, which is part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added.

Local police said the miners had been shot dead overnight.

Baloch rebels rose up in 2004, demanding political autonomy and a greater share of profits from the oil, gas and mineral resources in the province, which is one of the most neglected parts of Pakistan.

On Wednesday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had accused paramilitary forces of involvement in a third of all disappearances in Balochistan, where the military has been accused of rights violations in its bid to put down the insurgency.

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  • Pr0udPakistani
    Jul 12, 2012 - 2:17PM

    and what possibly one can acheive by killing innocent and poor coal miners????

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  • Khalid Javed
    Jul 12, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Its so sad taht these so called liberationists can turn so wild & inhuman to kill these poor, innocent coal miners to achieve their political objectives. Government has miserably failed in protection of fundamental rights of its citizens. Need some iron fist to get rid of these terrorists.

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  • Enlightened
    Jul 12, 2012 - 2:49PM

    This is a wake up call for the state to shun its ill-concieved policy of supression of the Balochis for the past six decades.

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  • Ozzie
    Jul 12, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Enlightened – by killing poor people you are not making a point !

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  • Tufan Khan Achakzai
    Jul 12, 2012 - 5:19PM

    This is the most coward act . The blood of these Pashtuns labors which has got nothing to do with the political aspirations of the Baloch has been spilled unnecessarily. The killewrs are known and history will remember this tyrany which will have long term effects on the life in Balochistan.
    They will surely be made answerable. Pashtuns must stand up to the occassion.Recommend

  • Ather
    Jul 12, 2012 - 5:39PM

    @enlightened: what have the poor miners of the swat done to you? are they army men, are they punjabi???? why are you killing them?? do you think it will be helpful for your cause to take enmity with the pashtuns??? we are still neutral in your struggle. we live in our own land. but if it continue we can take arms too. Recommend

  • Syed
    Jul 12, 2012 - 9:11PM

    How many people in Pakistan get killed everyday? I bet it outnumbers the rest of the world. Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Jul 12, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Pashtuns have to stand up against this or else they too will be treated like Hazaras. They must unite in face of this gruesome act. All Pashtun Political and Religious Parties are requested to raise their voice.
    Though CJ has taken cognizance of the case, after all the dead bodies were placed on his route, but not much should be expected from him, because hs is persuing a very different agenda..Recommend

  • Awans
    Jul 12, 2012 - 10:13PM

    @Ather: What a shameful argument. ET must be ashamed to approve such a comment. Basically you are arguing that why they are killed as they are not Punjabis???. So in your view Killing of Punjabis is alright??. How could Allah be happy with us where we are arguing the ethnicities of the people that it is alright to kill some and it is not alright to kill others. Where is your Humanity right now that you are Apologetic to some while you have a different opinion about the Blood of others????. What type of People you have become ?. Also Most of the FC guys are from KPK and FC is operational in Balochistan. Most of the people of Punjab only serve in Rangers and they have their own Punjab Regiment which is the core of Punjabis not FC where more than 80 percent are from KPK.

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  • PakPunjabi
    Jul 12, 2012 - 10:33PM

    O come on!!! These were not even Punjabis. These were poor Pashtun workers who left their own violence stricken region to make a Halal living and feed their families. As far as I know, Baloch and Pashtuns love each other. BLA, BRA and BLF have shown that they are nobody’s friends. Terrorists don’t have friends.
    By the way, please DO NOT say that Punjabis are responsible for this.

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  • asad agha
    Jul 13, 2012 - 12:18AM

    Thing to be notice last paragraph it ‘s clear who is responsible and 1 thing i want to say it ‘s not chief it’s cheap justice.

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  • Basit
    Jul 13, 2012 - 12:28AM

    So what is difference between TTP and BLA/BRA that liberals support so much?

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