Earthquake relief work: Landmine blast kills 2 soldiers in Balochistan

Published: October 2, 2013
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Troops ride to areas in Balochistan affected by an earthquake in military trucks in Karachi on September 25, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Troops ride to areas in Balochistan affected by an earthquake in military trucks in Karachi on September 25, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

MASHKAI: Two army soldiers were killed and two others sustained injuries in a landmine explosion while they were carrying out relief work in Mashkai, Balochistan on Wednesday, Express News reported.

The landmine was planted on the roadside and exploded when the soldiers were busy in relief work.

This is not the first instance when violence has come in the way of relief work.

On September 27, militants fired on a helicopter carrying relief goods to Mashkai.

The helicopter of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem was also targeted with rockets on September 26, while it was on its way to Mashkai for earthquake relief work. Major General Aleem remained unhurt in the attack.

Earthquake

The first earthquake had hit Balochistan on September 24, killing at least 350 people and injuring hundreds more.

Another 7.2-magnitude quake furthered the damage when it struck the area on September 28.

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.

Mashkai – 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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  • Karim
    Oct 2, 2013 - 12:10PM

    It looks like the earthquake has made the position of these terrorists desperate. The army should effectively use the current situation to wipe out these terrorists.

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  • Oct 2, 2013 - 12:25PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajeoon. RIP brave ones. Salams
    Pakistan is caught in a very dirty and sticky cobweb of deceit, terror, militancy, poverty, mistrust, corruption, national debt, and a political system that is doing no good at all.
    Is it a losing battle or is it in a redefining stage? No Russian Roulette here, please. Salams

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  • Muntazir
    Oct 2, 2013 - 12:29PM

    Please give them ‘freedom from life’, they don’t deserve any of it. Killing those who are there to help, this happens when you let society at the mercy of sardars.

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  • Harry
    Oct 2, 2013 - 12:37PM

    All the more reason to continue the aid, to change the minds of the people. Yet these attacks on relief workers are still disgusting.

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  • Qasim
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:11PM

    How pathetic; what do these so-called freedom fighters wish to achieve? More misery for those they want to liberate! At this critical juncture, is it too much to expect some humanity? BLF should be spearheading the relief efforts rather than sabotaging it.

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  • Beyg
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:28PM

    @Karim: How about using this situation to win hearts and mind of Baloch people instead of acting upon your stupid advises of opening new battle fronts in which thousands have already been killed FOR NOTHING.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:39PM

    A military search operation in the selected Balochistan’s areas like Swat and Karachi has been necessary and need of the hour after the rehabilitation work in the earthquake effected areas because how much more Balochi militants have been cruel that they are not understanding,feeling and seeing the Allah Almighty’s greatest ever disaster and calamity in Balochistan and how shamelessly and shamefully still attacking on army’s officials on the directions of foreign powers,instead of joining hands with them for betterment and welfare of the effected people,who are working selfless for the rehabilitation of earthquake affectees………

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  • Aakashvaani
    Oct 2, 2013 - 1:43PM

    Jihad in Kashmiiir !!!!

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  • Khair Jan Baloch
    Oct 2, 2013 - 6:35PM

    COAS is requested to review the situation. Militancy in earthquake affected areas is putting the lives of populace in danger & the sufferings are multiplying. Please take action against terrorists and free the people from their clutches. We cannot go out to get medicines, bedding, or create a shelter for our children
    Judiciary should also review its early position of supporting militants from the comforts of courts & visit the earthquake affected areas to realise the perils created bu militancy.
    If nothing works then we need a COAS who can take a stand and not wilt under pressure from politicians, media, judiciary or Militants.

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 2, 2013 - 7:46PM

    so much mistrust against the army….

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  • ali ahmed
    Oct 2, 2013 - 7:49PM

    @Aschraful Makhlooq..why no army operation in punjab…against punjabi talibans and other criminals…or they don”t want to do operation against its own people…

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  • Oct 2, 2013 - 7:52PM

    The terrorists have no sympathy with the people suffering from these devastating earthquakes. The soldiers were on their way to help people who have lost everything in these natural disasters. It is the most despicable act of cowardice and most condemnable. We send our prayers and condolences to the brave soldiers’ families. The enemy has just one agenda is death and destruction. We need to stand united to help those who are suffering from the earthquake. The terrorists knows that their time is limited as the people of the entire region have rejected them with overwhelm majority.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET-United States Central Command,

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  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Oct 2, 2013 - 10:48PM

    These cowards are not even Muslims, that they target fellow Muslims and preach ethnic hatred against Pukhtoons, Punjabis, and other Baloch tribes. They should be caught and executed after a public trial so the world can see how full of hatred and far from Islam they have become. We should also find out and expose all their foreign backers.

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