Rocket fired at NDMA chairman's helicopter in Balochistan

Published: September 26, 2013
The NDMA chairman was in the area to monitor the rescue work underway in the devastated region. PHOTO: FILE

The NDMA chairman was in the area to monitor the rescue work underway in the devastated region. PHOTO: FILE

AWARAN: The helicopter of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem was targeted with rockets while it was on its way to Mashkey, Balochistan for earthquake relief work, Express News reported on Thursday.

The NDMA chairman was in the area to monitor the rescue work underway in the devastated region. Major General Aleem remained unhurt in the attack.

“Two rockets were fired on the helicopter and the target was missed,” a military official in the provincial capital Quetta told AFP.

The September 24 earthquake has so far claimed around 350 lives in Balochistan, with Mashkey being one of the worst hit areas.

A senior FC officer had said that most of the stricken places in Awaran are highly risky areas for relief workers and provincial functionaries as it is a hub of Baloch nationalist militants.

Mashkey – a sub-district of Awaran – has been under the militant command of nationalist guerrilla commander, Dr Allah Nazar who has been confronting the FC and Pakistan Army for a long time.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Ozair
    Sep 26, 2013 - 1:30PM

    Shame on BLA for not allowing Pak Army to provide relief to the Baloch people


  • H.A. Khan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 1:49PM

    This is very sad and un-acceptableRecommend

  • Z
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:00PM

    Another area where state’s writ is at stake


  • bhai log
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:01PM

    So now our army needs permission of BLA to conduct rescue operations.


  • Baloch
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:20PM

    Despicable act.


  • Bhai Log
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:43PM

    Whole Pakistan is at stake.


  • Ahmed
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:45PM

    The state is already not allowing the international NGOs to help the victims, this act has been done to make cause of security risk.


  • Rumormonger
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:49PM

    BLA should help the people themselves if they are not letting others do it. They have ampling funding and support.


  • scotchpak
    Sep 26, 2013 - 3:55PM

    @Ahmed: ambiguous comment “this act has been done” by whome??


  • Fawad Sharif
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:01PM

    Oh now this is to dangerous, if they are not allowing NDMA to rescue them they are definitely full of hatred and rage.


  • optimist
    Sep 26, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Enemies of Pakistan know that Pakistan will become stronger the way we are helping our own brothers in Balochistan.
    Enemies don’t want us to reach ordinary Balochis in need to help.
    They did not throw a stone, it is a rocket… don’t just blame BLA… there are some foreign governments involved!!Recommend

  • Leopard
    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:00PM

    @Bhai Log:
    Both are late informed. Country is at stake since long. Once a Gora commented Pakisan is very strong. How some one asked. He replied 18 millions tryin tear it apart but still exists on the map of the globe.


    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:25PM

    Now lets do negotiations with BLA and Dr All Nazar …….

    than release all there terrorists from jail …………

    than let them go abroad …………..

    than let them come back ………….

    than let them fire more rocekts and IF any one try to stop them than put that person in jail ……………. right …………


  • salma
    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:31PM

    ‘a military official in the provincial capital Quetta told AFP” HA! how authentic the report is?


  • g
    Sep 26, 2013 - 5:49PM


    Everyone is misunderstanding these militants. All this means is that they have decided it is time to negotiate. They have learned that this is how you get to the negotiating table from Imran Khan since he wants to negotiate with the Taliban and they murder innocents daily. Any idiot knows this is good news. IK will bring peace to FATA soon by allowing Baloch to secede and Shia law and independence in FATA


  • M. Emad
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:10PM

    In 1971 in East Pakistan (Bangladesh), Pakistan Airforce helicoptors and bombers were constantly aimed by Mukti Bakini (with whatever weapons they had). In many cases common people shot at Pakistani helicoptors/ fighters with their bird-shooting rifles. And tribal people shot their arrows! Such was the hatred !

    East Pakistan is repeating in Balochistan.


  • A J Khan
    Sep 26, 2013 - 8:16PM

    Tribune does not post any comment which may by any chance annoys the big ones outside Pakistan , inland non state actors & specially morning time moderator


  • sterry
    Sep 26, 2013 - 9:05PM

    @M. Emad: You may not know that the majority of people in Baluchistan, my relatives included are staunchly pro Pakistani. In a time of a natural disaster, only a real coward would attack a helicopter flying in to help homeless people. People have appreciated the assistance and order of the Pakistani military in Baluchistan’s time of need just like Kashmiris and Sindis welcomed their selfless work in previous natural disasters. All I can see is that anti state criminals have lost any decency when they choose to attack helpers and helicopters coming to assist common Baluchis. I hope that this news item gets more attention in Baluchistan so that even more people understand the game that anti state agents are playing. This will only strengthen the image of Pakistani military among the minority of misguided activists and foreign paid agents.


  • Sep 26, 2013 - 9:26PM

    Should we be really surprised at this news? I guess not. Have we not seen the terrorists behave the same way during similar tragedies in 2005 Earthquake and 2010 Floods where millions of Pakistanis were affected? Terrorists will keep on their agenda to disrupt the relief work, but in the face of these multiple challenges we need to stand strong and united and do our work to bring relief to the people affected by this natural disaster. We stand by the people of Pakistan in these times of challenges and hope and pray that the people who are hurt by the earthquake are healed and their lives return to normalcy soon.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command


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