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Era of progress begins in Balochistan, says Lt Gen Asim Bajwa

CHAMAN: Commander Southern Command, Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa on Friday inaugurated Pakistan’s first ever Astro Turf cricket stadium in Chaman, Balochistan. Lt Gen Bajwa inaugurated the stadium by playing a shot, before handing it over to the cricket association. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the commander southern command said that the time of progress has begun in Balochistan and many other development projects are in the pipeline for the uplift of the province. The armed forces and the masses have…

One killed, 15 including four FC personnel injured in Chaman blast

CHAMAN: One person died while 15 others, including four Frontier Corps personnel, got injured in a bomb blast in Chaman on Sunday. In an attempt to sabotage celebrations of independence day, anti-state elements targeted an FC vehicle by planting an explosive remote-controlled device in a motorbike on Mall Road in the city of Balochistan. The blast took place before an office of special branch police. Police and other law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area, while rescue and fire brigade teams reached site of the…

At least 4 people injured in Chaman blast

CHAMAN: At least four people were injured in a bomb blast at Chaman’s Mall Road this noon. No fatalities have been reported. The injured were immediately shifted to Civil Hospital where medics said two of them were in critical condition. A huge fire erupted in nearby shops following the blast. After being informed of the explosion,  rescue teams and a strong contingent of security forces reached the blast site and began rescue operation to shift the injured to a nearby hospital. Lately, in a deadliest attack on election…

Four terror suspects shot dead in Chaman shootout

CHAMAN: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have shot dead four terror suspects in a shootout in border town of Chaman late on Monday.  Security sources said the CTD personnel along with officials of intelligence agencies carried out a raid in a neighborhood of Chaman following a tip-off about the presence of terrorists there. The suspected militants on seeing the security forces opened fire in a bid to flee from the scene. When the security personnel returned fire, four militants were killed on the spot…

Two policemen among seven injured in twin Chaman blasts

CHAMAN: At least seven people, two policemen among them, were wounded when two blasts hit Chaman’s Mall Road in Balochistan on Monday, ARY News reported. According to the local police, the first blast occurred near an under-construction building off the Mall Road, injuring a person. When some people, including security officials, gathered at the site of the explosion, another blast occurred, resulting in injuries to them. After being informed of the blasts, a contingent of security forces arrived at the site of the…

Pak-Afghan border villages brace for Berlin Wall-style divide

CHAMAN: Thousands of Pashtun tribal people who for decades ignored the invisible line that bisects their dusty villages and demarcates the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier are bracing for a Berlin Wall-style divide of their neighborhoods. Pakistan, worried by Islamist attacks, is building a fence to prevent militants criss-crossing the porous 2,500 km (1,500 mile) frontier along the disputed colonial-era Durand line drawn up by the British in 1893. The fence, which Kabul opposes, will run down the middle of so-called…

One killed, 10 injured as blast jolts Chaman near Pak-Afghan border

CHAMAN: At least one citizen was killed and10 others were injured after a blast jolted Balochistan's Chaman city near Pak-Afghan border, ARY News reported on Monday. The explosion which rocked the capital of Qila Abdullah district is said to be a suicide attack which targeted a Frontier Corps vehicle. According to ARY News correspondent Akhtar Gulfam, an FC vehicle on a regular patrol in the area when the blast occurred. The FC men and their vehicle remained safe but at least 10 passers-by were injured. Chaman is…

Tribesmen, others protest against Trump’s anti-Pakistan rhetoric

CHAMAN: Tribesmen, traders, and activists of various political and religious parties staged protests in a number of cities, condemning US President Donald Trump’s statement against Pakistan. Last week, Trump announced his much-awaited Afghan strategy, calling for deploying more troops in Afghanistan. He criticized "Pakistan for housing the very terrorists American are fighting in the war-torn country." In Chaman, a large number of people from all walks of life came together to protest Trump's criticism of Pakistan and…

Senior police officer killed in Chaman blast

CHAMAN: Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sajid Khan lost his life in a roadside blast targeting his vehicle at a busy street in Chaman this morning, ARY News reported. The blast occurred near Boghra Road, prompting rescue and law and enforcement agencies into action and they rushed to the spot. SSP Sajid Khan's vehicle was targeted in the blast and he suffered serious injuries. The senior cop was immediately moved to the hospital where doctors termed his condition critical, and moments later he breathed his last.…

Displaced residents start returning to Chaman border towns

CHAMAN: Perturbed by the cross-border clashes between Pakistan and Afghan security forces, the residents of Killi Luqman and Killi Jahangir villages on the border with Afghanistan have started coming back to their homes as peace returned to the town. The fierce clashes between the security forces of two countries displaced as many as 5,000 people last month. The clashes led closure of the border from Pakistan’s side in protest of unprovoked firing by Afghan forces. However, the border was reopened on May 22 on request…