QUETTA - Jamhoori Watan Party leader Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti said that a caravan of the Bugti tribe refugees would go to Dera Bugti on 17 January, while the federal government formed a committee under the chairmanship of former Justice Bhagwandas which would prepare an estimate report of the losses suffered by the families.

Addressing a news conference here Thursday, he said it was wrongly presumed that if the family of late Nawab Akbar Bugti returned to Dera Bugti, an era of bloodshed would usher in. “My brother has been living there for the last five months and everything remained calmed.,” he argued while substantiating his statement. He said that Balochistan chief minister has facilitated the return of Bugti families and various caravans of refugees would set out from Quetta and other parts of the province for Dera Bugti on January 17. He said that the committee formed under the chairmanship of Rana Bhagwandas also included Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch, Chairperson Human Rights Commission Asma Jahangir, Ayaz Mir, Orya Maqbool Jan  as its members. He said the Balochistan CM has promised that the 178,000 Bugti refugees, who were internally displaced as a result of 2005 operation, would be rehabilitated in their areas. He said that a tent city would be established in the first phase to evaluate the losses of the families, and thereafter their losses would be compensated.

Two LEAs killed in Panjgour:

A minor dispute between a police sub-inspector and security man turned into an armed clash, leaving a man killed from each side in Panjgour.

A police sub-inspector namely Hamal and a security man ended up in exchange of some harsh words over some dispute. As a result, one personnel of security forces Naek Akhtar sustained injuries. In a retaliatory firing, sub-inspector Hamal was killed on the spot while his colleague Baloch Khan sustained critical wounds. The injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital where Naek Akhtar succumbed to injuries.

Plan to discover gas reservoirs in Balochistan:

Minister of State for Petroleum, Gas and Natural Resources, Jam Kamal said that drilling companies are working on the project to discover more gas reservoirs in the province.

At a news briefing here, the minister said the federal government was well cognizant about the gas loadshedding and other issues faced by the people of Balochistan. In line with the 18th constitutional amendment, a committee is being formed to review issues regarding the representation of Balochistan in gas companies and Pakistan Petroleum Limited. “The Balochistan CM contacted the federal government over the shortage of gas which the government was to review the matter and take remedial steps,” he stressed.

Also flanked by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, the minister said that the entire country was facing gas shortage in winter and the government was striving hard to overcome the shortfall. Besides digging new wells, efforts are afoot to rebuild the old ones. He noted that SNG plants are being installed to settle the issue of gas shortage on permanent basis.” Survey regarding the installation of SNG plants has been completed in 10 districts of Balochistan,” he said adding though it is a costly project, yet we are committed to provide relief to the people.

Shutter down observed in Quetta:

A shutter-down strike was observed in Quetta against the suicide attack on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims in Aktherabad area here the other day. The strike call was given by the Majlis-e-Wahdatul Muslimeen to condemn the attack that killed three people and left over 30 others wounded.

Most of the business centres and markets located on Alamdar Road, Hazara Town, Kirani and Marriabad remained closed and roads witnessed less traffic as the city mourned the ferocious attack. The government took strict security measures to avert any untoward incident.