Balochistan insurgency: Militants attack Bizenjo’s village in Awaran

Published: September 13, 2015
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Speaker Balochistan Assembly Jan Mohammad Jamali administering oath to his deputy Abdul Qudoos Bazinjo. PHOTO: APP

Speaker Balochistan Assembly Jan Mohammad Jamali administering oath to his deputy Abdul Qudoos Bazinjo. PHOTO: APP

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Suspected militants torched the houses of Balochistan Assembly Deputy Speaker Abdul Qudus Bizenjo and his relatives in a village in the insurgency-hit Awaran district late Friday night.

Talking to The Express Tribune, a local Levies official said some 15 armed men converged on Bizenjo’s village in the Shindi area of Awaran district’s Jaho tehsil. “After firing a volley of rockets, they entered the village and torched around 20 houses, including that of the deputy speaker,” Tehsildar Abdul Ghafoor said.

Confirming the incident to The Express Tribune, Bizenjo said the militants offered them safe passage before attacking the village with rockets and other heavy weapons. “The militants torched the houses of my relatives but no one was injured in the attack,” he said.

Calling the incident an act of terrorism, the deputy speaker linked the attack with the ongoing insurgency in the district. “The government has already offered them (guerrilla fighters) a reconciliation package to quit militancy and become part of the national mainstream. Such incidents of torching houses will not resolve any issue,” he said.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility of the attack. The attack comes amid official claims of over 70% decline in terrorist activities in Balochistan.

Two Levies men shot dead

Two officials of Balochistan Levies, Liaquat Ali and Jamal Ahmed, were gunned down by unidentified suspects in the in Mashkay area of Awaran district.

Balochistan Levies Naib Risaldar Wasim Ahmed told The Express Tribune that the deceased were on their way on a motorcycle when armed men riding another motorcycle targeted them. Levies have registered a case and started investigations, he said.

Meanwhile a man identified as Wahid Rakshani, was gunned down in Naal area of Khuzdar district on Saturday.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 13th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • pure ind
    Sep 13, 2015 - 11:58AM

    Why are the baluchis doing this the world needs to address this issue. As an Indian only pray it doesn’t go the ulghir muslim way.Recommend

  • Umar Baloch
    Sep 13, 2015 - 12:53PM

    The future of Balochistan must be decided by the Baloch people – not Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2015 - 2:34PM

    @pure ind:
    You need remedial English classes. Ask Sri Modi for help.
    S-T-U-D-Y….English….M-O-R-E….before writing comments.Recommend

  • pure ind
    Sep 13, 2015 - 5:43PM

    @ motiwala u seem too touchy. Well u passed the test happy to see Mr. Sharif investing in education as well. Especially after seeing interviews of pakistani cricketers & actors it’s a gud change. Recommend

  • dado
    Sep 13, 2015 - 11:10PM

    Motiwala… you are too funny….Recommend

  • original baloch
    Sep 13, 2015 - 11:13PM

    And who are you decide that… balochis have suffered enough under the feudal system. It’s time to put an end to this…Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 14, 2015 - 4:29AM

    These are the Baloch fighters who are so romanticized in india. They’re nothing but common terrorists.Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 14, 2015 - 4:35AM

    @pure ind

    Unlike the kashmir issue, balochistan is not an international conflict, and so no one will interfere. Further, it’s a low level insurgency of left wing radicals, and it’s basically collapsing. It’s not a mass uprising like in kashmir. And it’s certainly not the genocide that indians think it is – the world notices when pakistan simply drops a pen, they aren’t just ignorant of a purported genocide. Despite the fact that balochistan is not nearly as heavily militarized as kashmir, Balochis don’t take out massive protests against the pakistani state in the same way that kashmiris rally against india. But again, the left wing cause has been all but abandoned by sympathizers in the West. No one will side with the losers. And no, what happens in balochistan disbt excuse indian actions in kashmir. If you care about left wing Azad balochistan, then you’re a hypocrite to not think the same about kashmiris who very clearly want Azadi. Ps, quebecois and Scottish separatists vote in Canadian and British elections. Recommend

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