IB, FC official gunned down near Mastung, FC convoy attacked in Turbat

IB, FC official gunned down near Mastung, FC convoy attacked in Turbat

on 2010/8/20 0:00:00 (75 reads)
A Baluch man have been killed by FC due indiscriminate firing on general public and fifteen Baluch have been randomly arrested; shifted to undisclosed location. Group of Baluch women survived FC firing in thump.

Occupied Baluchistan: Two officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Frontier Corps’s (FC) Intelligence Unit respectively were shot dead on the RCD Highway near Mastung, around 50 kilometres from Quetta, on Thursday.

According to official sources, IB Inspector Abdullah and FC official Zahid Hussain were travelling to the FC camp in Mastung when unidentified armed motorcyclists intercepted them and opened indiscriminate firing. As a result, both of the officials died on the spot while the attackers managed to flee.

Police and other law enforcement agencies reached the spot and shifted the bodies to a nearby hospital for autopsy. The area was cordoned off and a search operation was started to arrest the killers of the officials. According to a senior police official, it was an incident of target killing and police have started investigation.

Jihand Baluch a spokesperson of Baluch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the killing of two Intelligence officials. He said both men were involved in abductions of Baluch political activists and were the members of Pakistan Intelligences Agencies and FC’s “Death Squads”, who have been accepting responsibility of killing Baluch disappeared persons in the name of different so called Organisations. [Such as Sipah-e-Shohada-e-Baluchistan and Armed defence group.]

FC convoy hits IED, 3 injured, A Baluch men killed by FC firing and several innocent people arrested

QUETTA: Three Frontier Crops (FC) personnel suffered injuries when one of the force’s vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) near Turbat on Thursday morning.

According to sources, a FC convoy coming from Gwadar hit an IED which was planted in Danuk area, some five kilometres from Turbat. The blast injured three personnel. They were rushed to a hospital in Turbat and were stated to be in stable condition. The injured have been identified as Asghar, Ayub and Azam.

After the attack FC started indiscriminate firing in the area, as a result of the firing a Baluch youth Raheem Bux son of Yaqoob Baluch was killed. Local people also accused the FC of firing at a group of Baluch women who were fetching water from a pond in vicinity where the blast took place. Luckily, the Baluch women remained unharmed.

The FC has blocked the roads in Domb and Bahman areas for several hours. At least fifteen (15) Baluch men have reportedly been arrested so far, three of the arrested men have been named as Abu-al-Hasan Baluch, Bakhtiyar Baluch and Akhtar Mohammad Baluch son of Fakeer Mohammad Baluch. According to thump police the FC have handed over 10 men to them (police) and they are now putting pressure on police to register false cases against these men.

Meanwhile Baluch resistance organisation accepted the responsibility of attacks on the FC convoy. The Baloch Republican Army (BRA) spokesman Sarbaz Baloch claimed the group had carried out the attack. He further claimed that eight FC personnel were killed and a Land Curser of FC was completely destroyed in the attack. He said the attack was in retaliation to the killing of Sardar Nadir Gichki.

On the other hand in district Kech’s Thump region of Gomaazi the house of Mollah Murad Bux has been attacked, no casualty were reported in the incident but the houses is said be heavily damaged. The BLF’s (Baluch Liberation Front) spokesperson Mr Basham Baluch informed News Agencies that his group has attack house of a government spy, who he claimed was involved in anti Baluch activities. He warned other people like Murad Bux to mince there way otherwise they will also be targeted. He also said the attack was in retaliation to the killing of Sardar Nadir Gichki.

Source: Dailytime & Daily Tawar

Baku hopes Russia not to use weapons stationed in Armenia against Azerbaijan

[The issue of Nagorno-Karabakh is about to be resolved.  Azerbaijan is about to take a big gamble that Russian forces will not sucked into the fray.]

FM: Baku hopes Russia not to use weapons stationed in Armenia against Azerbaijan

20.08.2010 13:41
FM: Baku hopes Russia not to use weapons stationed in Armenia against Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 20 / TrendS.Agayeva /

Baku hopes that Moscow will fulfill its commitments on non-usage of resources and the arms of the Russian 102nd military base accommodated in Armenia against Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told Trendon Friday.

Russia and Armenia signed a protocol amending the bilateral agreement on the Russian military base in Gyumri dated 1995, concerning the extension of the document term, RIA Novosti reported. The document was undersigned by the Armenian and Russian Defense Ministers. The validity of the 1995 contract was 25 years  and the document will now operate 49 years (since 1995).. The signing ceremony was held after the talks of Russian and Armenian Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Serzh Sargsyan. Medvedev is on a state visit to Armenia.

“During the withdrawal of the Russian military bases in Akhalkalaki and Batumi (Georgia), Russia has committed itself to that the weapons transferred to the 102nd Russian military base in Gyumri, will not be used against Azerbaijan under any circumstances. We hope that the Russian side will continue to adhere to its commitments on non-usage of resources and the arms of the Gyumri base against Azerbaijan,” Polukhov said.

The Russian 102nd military base has been accommodated in the north of Armenia, Gyumri since 1995. The military base follows combat duty in the framework of the CIS United Air Defense System. The base is under the management of the Russian Troops in Transcaucasia, North-Caucasian military district of Russia.

The base is equipped with anti-aircraft missile system S-300 and MiG-29. The force strength of the base is about 5,000 people.

In accordance with the amendments, the term of the contract will be automatically renewed for the next five years unless neither party notifies the other party of its intention to terminate it in writing form not less than six months prior to the expiration of the term of the contract.
In addition to protect the interests of Russia, the Russian military base jointly with the Armenian Armed Forces secures Armenia during its stay in this country.  The Russian side undertakes to supply the Armenian side modern and compatible armament, military (special) technique in accordance with the document.

In addition, the use of military forces of the Russian military base will be based on mutual agreements of the parties.

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Who Really Controls Shahbaz Air Base?

Who Really Controls Shahbaz Air Base?

Posted by Web Editor on Aug 20th, 2010

Who Really Controls Shahbaz Air Base?

  • Both US And PAF Are Responsible For Flood Relief Hurdles
  • Aid workers confirm they can’t reach half a million victims due to a US-related security cordon
  • Jacobabad cut off from the rest of the country

Pakistan Air Force arranged a hurriedly organized media tour yesterday to prove that the base is not under US control. But this does not appear to be the whole truth. Over the past eight years, PAF offered and withdrew different types of facilities to US military at the base. The Americans used the base mostly for logistical purposes and not to stage direct attacks against targets in Afghanistan or inside Pakistan’s northwestern region. But there were times when the number of US personnel at the base crossed 200, including special-forces operatives. According GlobalSecurity.org, Pakistani newspaper Daily Times claimed on 10 March 2004 that the airbase was under US control, “with an inner ring of facilities off-limits to Pakistan’s military,” according to the paper. But in August 2010, there is credible information that new special residential barracks for US personnel have been constructed. Unfortunately, Pakistan has accepted to house US personnel who will ensure the country’s doesn’t ‘misuse’ the new F-16s. So despite PAF’s – and US Embassy’s – sharp reaction, it is clear there is some merit to the statement of Federal Health Secretary Kamran Lashari that US presence at the base is preventing using the base for flood relief operations. Another related issue is the level of Pakistani involvement in CIA drone attacks inside Pakistan that have killed a huge number of innocent Pakistanis and turned Pakistani citizens against their country. [PakNationalists.com]

By: Kaswar Klasra | Published: August 20, 2010
The Nation.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan–The floods have not only shown the ineptitude of the Pakistan government but also the confusion that prevails within government institutions. On Wednesday the Federal Health Secretary informed a Senate Panel that Jacobabad air base was under the US control so health relief operations could not be provided.

On Thursday, the PAF through APP issued a strange press release stating that “certain sections of the print and electronic media have wrongly reported that the PAF Base Shahbaz (Jacobabad) is under the control of the US. This has been spread by uninformed people”. So was the PAF referring to Federal Health Secretary Khushnood Lashari as “uninformed? After all, it was he who gave out the information about the Base being under the US control and to a Senate Panel.

While the PAF stated that Shahbaz Base was under complete command and control of the PAF and was being used extensively for providing relief and medical care to the affected people of the area, the US embassy had already issued another interesting response to the Khshnood Lashari’s claim. On Thursday, the US press note issued from Embassy of US in Islamabad stated that Shahbaz Air Base in Jacobabad is a Pakistan Air Force Base and is commanded and operated by PAF forces. The base is home to Pakistan’s newest F-16 Block 52s, which arrived this summer. PAF personnel maintain high security standards there to ensure that the technologically advanced aircraft can be securely maintained and operated from the base. On August 18, at the request of the Pakistan government, US Air Force C-130 aircraft flew to Shahbaz Air Base from the Pakistan Air Force Base in Rawalpindi bringing urgently needed relief supplies for Jacobabad.

What was left unsaid was that it was the PAF that was denying all manner of access to the airbase because of the presence of US personnel who had come along with the Block 52 F-16s, which were delivered at this base and had US conditions attached to the delivery of the planes, including the presence of US personnel to “keep an eye” on how the planes were used by the PAF. While the PAF was responsible for the security of the base, it was the pressure from the US on security grounds that was preventing access to the base-even for Pakistanis who had been involved in carrying out building work at Shahbaz.

So, it appears that both the US military and the PAF together are responsible for the relief work hurdles as news from the ground shows that the hurdles are very much there. Hopes are fading away to provide food and clean drinking water to 500,000 to 700,000 people who have been displaced from Jacobabad, Thul, Kandhkot, Kashmore Ghouspur and Karumpur (currently camping in Dera Allah Yar) as Jacobabad was still no-go area for choppers or C-130 due to security concerns to the American personnel deployed at the Jacobabad air base, well-informed sources told TheNation on Thursday. Organisers of national and international NGOs told TheNation on condition of anonymity, when contacted on telephone, that they could not reach Jacobabad to provide food and drinking water to as many as 500,000 to 700,000 flood victims due to strict security conditions adopted for Shahbaz Air Base. Although Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman has ordered PAF to form an air bridge of relief supply for Jacobabad which has been cut off from the rest of the country and make operational an airfield near Sibi for immediate supply of relief goods to flood-hit areas in the vicinity, however, Jacobabad is still the only location in Pakistan where rescue choppers of PAF have no access to carry out relief operations.

The sources told this scribe that foreign health teams could not start their relief operations in remote areas because there are not airstrips close to several areas, including Jacobabad.

The town has been evacuated and 500,000 to 700,000 people have been affected. The people displaced from Jacobabad, Thul, Kandhkot, Kashmore, Ghouspur and Karumpur are camping in Dera Allah Yar.

Earlier, it was reported that Shahbaz Air Base was under control of American personnel who were guarding the air base while monitoring the operations of F-16s against militants and extremists in FATA and Waziristan. As one seeks to discover the reality on the ground, the flood-stricken people of this devastated area of Sindh continue to suffer.

Report published by TheNation. Newspaper’s rights are reserved.

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Flood victims die – but US airbase protected

Flood victims die – but US airbase protected

on 2010/8/19 0:00:00 (37 reads)

ne statement by a Pakistani cabinet minister yesterday about the floods has revealed the way ordinary people’s lives are being sacrificed for profit and US imperialism.
Giving evidence before one of the country’s senate standing committees, health secretary Khushnood Lashari stunned the members of the committee by stating that the airbase at Jacobabad in Sindh province is controlled by US forces and therefore is not available for desperately needed relief work.
"Health relief operations are not possible in the flood-affected areas of Jacobabad because the airbase is with the United States," he said.
Earlier, Doctor Jahanzeb Aurakzai, coordinator of the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Centre, said, "Foreign health teams could not start relief operations in remote areas because there are no airstrips close to several areas, including Jacobabad."
Jacobabad’s people have been hit by devastating floods. Around 700,000 have been affected. The airbase could have been used to save lives.
The Shahbaz airbase in Jacobabad was leased to the US by former Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf.
It is used for raids on Afghanistan and to launch drone attacks that have killed hundreds of Pakistanis.
When the floods first struck the authorities deliberately diverted water away form the base, making thousands of people homeless.
The Pakistan army diverted the torrent away from the base to towns in Balochistan including Osata Muhammad, Dera Allahyar, Jaffarabad and Gandawa.
However, continuing rains and divisions in the ruling class mean that water was then allowed to flood Jacobabad (and even to threaten the Shahbaz air base) in order to save the Guddu barrage which is used to irrigate 2.9 million acres of important agricultural areas.
Meanwhile in many areas of Pakistan local landlords have also breached canals and diverted floodwater to populated areas to save their crops.
The system of dams and irrigation that has been greatly to the benefit of the big landlords—but not the small farmer—has now concentrated huge power in the hands of the state and the military.

Pakistan floods: disaster of epic proportions raises the specter of systemic collapse

Pakistan floods: disaster of epic proportions raises the spectre of systemic collapse

3.5 millon children at risk , economy and exports to contract as losses could exceed $10 billion

August 10, 2010, updated Aug. 19

By Yousuf Nazar

Given the initial reports about crop and other losses, it now appears that Pakistan’s economy may contract in the next twelve months and total output, property and other losses would exceed $10 billion. The destruction in the agriculture sector would seriously hurt cotton and textile sector that accounts for over 50 percent of Pakistan’s exports.  Pakistan will need to mobilise all international and local resources to face the catastrophe which has caused the greatest damage to the country since 1971 war.

Already, parallel is being drawn with October 1970 cyclone in the former East Pakistan that was neglected and mismanaged by the Generals in Pindi to a degree that added fuel to the secessionist sentiment and contributed to further alienation from West Pakistan. These floods may ultimately lead to greater political and social upheaval as the alienation of the people from the state seems to be reaching new heights as a humanitarian disaster is unfolding, millions sleep under open skies virtually abandoned by the state and the world, the aid trickles, and the rulers and leaders show no sign of urgency or sincere concern.

The United Nations warned Aug. 17 that 3.5 million Pakistani children were at risk from cholera and other diseases because of the slow and inadequate delivery of flood relief, as raging waters from the bloated Indus river marooned dozens more villages. Hundreds of thousands of survivors are still cut off from rescue more than two weeks after Pakistan’s worst-ever flooding hit the country, killing at least 1,600 people. Many survivors are forced to drink contaminated drinking water, relief workers said. The death toll could rise from disease and hunger if the aid effort is not stepped up, the U.N. warned.

The floods in Pakistan – the world’s sixth most-populous country of 170 million – have casued a disaster of epic proportions that can cause more grief and suffering if the aid effort, rehabilitation, and reconstruction process are not timely and effective.  The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met August 15 with Pakistan’s president and said the “enormous disaster” would require a huge international response. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that while he has visited sites of natural disasters around the world, he has never seen anything like the devastation created by flooding in Pakistan. “The scale of this disaster is so large — so many people and in so many places, in so much need,” Ban said, speaking alongside Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

So far the people have faced the disaster bravely with remarkableendurance, so characteristic of ordinary Pakistanis, that keeps them going despite the heavy odds. But the public anger is rising as incompetent leaders like Prime Minister Gilani and the opposition leader Nawaz Sharif move at a glacial pace (as if Zardari’s blunders were not enough) after days of inaction whereas the swift action was needed yesterday. Aid vehicles were besieged by an angry mob in the southern province of Sindh on Aug. 15 as eyewitnesses reported people ripping at each other’s clothes in their frenzy. The food handout descended into such chaos the aid distribution had to be abandoned.

A section of the US media has unwisely raised the subject of the role of aid in fighting militancy. The aid discussion should not be in terms of US and some militants trying to compete to win the ‘hearts and minds”. This is a distasteful, reprehensible, and disgusting twist to the public discourse in the wake of a huge disaster and may prove to be counter-productive.  Beyond the question of immediate relief, more relevant issue is that of threat of a breakdown of Pakistan’s already fragile political and administrative system and of more anarchy and chaos in days, weeks, and years to follow.

One-fifth of Pakistan — or an area about the size of Florida — has been flooded in relentless monsoon rains, according to the United Nations. Millions of people are still at peril as the bloated Indus River is cresting this weekend in parts of Sindh province. In some areas, the Indus has expanded from its usual width of one mile to as much as 12 miles.  Homes, crops, trees, livestock, entire villages and towns have been transformed into vast lakes, forcing thousands of flood victims to huddle in sludgy camps or in jam-packed public buildings. Others are sleeping under the stars next to the cows, sheep and goats they rescued from rising waters.

The earthquake of 2005 hit the mountainous and relatively thinly populated areas in 2005 but the recent floods have hit villages, towns, and cities across Pakistan including its agricultural heartland and have destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes. Latest figures estimate 20 million people are affected by the floods, more than 700,000 homes are damaged and destroyed.

Rebuilding Pakistan after the worst floods in decades could take five years, and foreign donors are in danger of reacting too slowly, said the Red Cross. “Crops are gone. Infrastructure is gone, including canals. Community canals. Irrigation canals. To bring that back is going to take a long time. It could end up being five years,” said Bekele Geleta, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Jacques de Maio, who heads operations for South Asia for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the full magnitude, scope and nature of the catastrophe is not yet known. The different humanitarian agencies working in Pakistan believe that there might be a second wave of deaths induced by the floods under the shape of water-borne diseases, diarrhea-related problems,” he said. “And, this is something that needs to be addressed from the very onset of the humanitarian response.”

(read HERE)