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11 female students killed, 22 injured in Quetta blast

At least eleven female students were killed and several others injured when a blast hit a bus near a women’s only university on Baruri road.

According to police, the bomb was planted inside the bus parked on the premises of the university. Quetta police chief said 22 people had been injured in the blast.

An emergency was announced in the Bolan Medical Compelex where the dead and injured were shifted after the blast. Hospital sources said several were in critical condition.

An hour after the women’s university blast, another blast took place in the Bolan Medical Complex. According to reports security forces have launched an opeation against militants inside the medical complex

The attack comes hours after militants attacked Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat area of Balochistan, resting place of Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah, with rocket attacks.

According to reports, a larger portion of the building was destroyed in the attack.

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Quetta: Citizens, govt servants reject budget 2013-14

The people of Quetta and government servants have rejected the federal budget 2013-14, while the traders termed it positive.

Rejecting the federal budget 2013, the people of Quetta has said that no relief was given in the budget for common man and government servants, while no measures were taken to reduce inflation.

The people were expecting to get increase of 25 percent in government servants’ salaries because the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) had increased it to 20 percent.

Terming the federal budget positive, the traders of Quetta declared it traders-friendly, welcoming the decision of making the province economy zone by using Gwader port.

The budget has two mega projects for Balochistan such as linking Gwader port with Central Asia, China and Ratu Dero.

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Two killed, one injured in Quetta

Armed men shot dead two men and injured another on Thana road in the provincial capital.

Police sources said that unidentified armed men riding a bike opened indiscriminate fire at three people, leaving two dead and one injured.

The assailants managed to escape.

The police rushed to the site and shifted them to hospital.

The police have registered a case against unknown accused and started investigation.

Further probe was in process.

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Quetta car showroom attacked with hand grenades; no casualties

Unknown assailants attacked a car showroom on Quetta’s Zargoon Road with hand grenades on Saturday.

Police said the attackers fled the scene after hurling hand grenades at the showroom.

The explosion damaged the showroom’s building, as well as a car at display there. No casualties were reported.

After the blast, a large number of police and the Frontier Corps personnel reached the area and cordoned it off.

The police have filed a case on the attack and started an investigation.

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Former election candidate arrested in Quetta‏

Police on Friday arrested a candidate in the recently held general elections on allegations of kidnapping for ransom. Syed Ahmed Mobeen, the Deputy Inspector General Police Investigation told Dawn.com that police conducted a raid in Satellite town area of Quetta and arrested the main accused Muhammad Ramazan.

He said a hostage trader Ahmed Jan who was kidnapped by Ramzan was also recovered unhurt during the operation. Mobeen said Muhammad Ramazan was candidate for PB-5 Quetta’s provincial assembly seat as an independent candidate.

He said the accused was demanding millions of rupees as ransom from the family of Ahmed Jan when rounded up by the police. Mobeen said the accused was involved in a number of cases of kidnapping for ransom. He said the accused candidate had secured 16 votes during the recent elections.

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Quetta operation: Five alleged terrorists killed

Deputy Inspector General Operations Fayyaz Sumbal said that five alleged terrorists were killed in exchange of fire that took place between them and law enforcement agencies in Khrotabad area, here on Thursday morning.

Earlier, DIG Operations said that acting on a tip off about the presence of suspected people in Khrotabad area, law enforcement agencies personnel carried out a search operation during which exchange of fire took place. As a result two terrorists were killed and few personnel of law enforcement agencies were injured.

Later, talking to media once again, he confirmed that total number of killed alleged terrorists was five and said, “Yes, five armed men have been killed in exchange of fire took place between them and the law enforcement personnel and several LEA men also received injuries”, adding that the dead and the injured have been shifted to hospital where condition of the injured LEA men was out of danger.

He said that police had information about presence of ammunition in the house where exchange of fire took place and added that this ammunition might be in huge quantity. “We are taking search of the house in this regard”, he said.

The law enforcement agencies including Frontier Corps, Police and Balochistan Constabulary have cordoned off the entire area to trace the suspects. Further investigation was in process.

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2 killed in Quetta

Two people were killed in an armed attack in Quetta on Saturday morning, police officials said. Unidentified armed men restored to indiscriminate shooting in Kachi Baig area on the outskirts of Quetta, killing two persons on the spot. The assailants fled after committing the crime, however.

A police party rushed and shifted bodies to hospital where they were identified as Nazir Ahmad and Din Muhammad. The motive behind the murder could not be ascertained. A case has been registered against accused people and investigation is in progress.

A woman from Quetta has appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan for immediate recovery of her brother Amir Bakhsh who according to her had been whisked away by Frontier Corps and intelligence agencies.

She told newsmen here on Saturday that Amir Bakhsh and another youth Siraj were subjected to sever torture by FC personnel at Awaran Bazaar in broad daylight and later abducted. “Amir Bakhsh and Siraj are the lone breadwinners of their families,” she said, contending they were completely unaware about their whereabouts.

She expressed concern over kidnapping of her brother and Siraj, saying their lives were in danger. “If Amir Bakhsh and Siraj are guilty they should be produced before the court of law and given a chance to prove their innocence since it is their constitutional right,” she added.

She demanded the chief justice of Pakistan a prompt action for recovery of her brother Amir Bakhsh and Siraj.

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Bid to blow up school foiled in Quetta

The Bomb Disposal Squad on Saturday defused a bomb planted outside a school in Kechi Baig area in the outskirts of Quetta.

Police sources said that unidentified terrorists had planted the explosive device outside the Girls Primary School Killi Ghulam Jan to blow it up.

“A police team along with the Bomb Disposal Squad reached the scene soon after receiving the information about the presence of bomb and defused it,” police said.

The law-enforcement agencies cordoned off the area to trace the suspects.

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Gen. Kayani visits Command and Staff College Quetta

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Friday said that it is the duty of the Armed Forces to maintain adequate capabilities and readiness to fulfill the tasks assigned. While addressing the participants of Command and Staff Course, during his visit to Command and Staff College Quetta, the COAS said that for meaningful and sustainable progress, a nation has to strike the right balance between the requirements of development and defence.He said that no Army operates in a vacuum, rather it draws upon the support of the nation to conduct its tasks in a manner that it contributes to the fulfillment of national polices, interests and aspirations.

He stressed upon the participants to serve the nation through excellence in profession, dedication and commitment. Earlier, on arrival at Quetta, the COAS was received by Lieutenant General Muhammad Alam Khattak, Commander Quetta Corps.

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Quetta Visit – Balochistan polls 90% fair, says Acting CEC

Acting Chief Election Commissioner Justice Tasaduk Hussain Jilani has said elections in Balochistan were “90% free and fair”.

Talking to the media upon his arrival in Quetta from Islamabad on Wednesday, the acting CEC said that the Election Commission had received only 10 complaints of rigging in elections from the province.

“Judicial tribunals have been set up to address the complaints. The tribunals will conduct hearings daily to tackle the complaints within 120 days,” he said.

Jilani maintained the turnout in Balochistan was higher this time round compared to past elections in the province. He said all credit must go to the ECP for conducting ‘the most successful election in the history of Pakistan’ and fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities. He added that although the process was challenging, the ECP held elections successfully with the support of the army, security forces and the provincial and federal administration.