QUETTA - At least eight tribesmen were killed and several suffered injuries when a deadly clash erupted between two heavily armed tribes in Balochistan’s Chagai district on Sunday.

The Levies official confirmed that eight people died in the bloody land dispute in Baracha, the adjacent area to Pak-Afghan border in Chagai district.

Soon after the clash triggered, heavy contingents of security forces rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area to bring the tense situation into normalcy.

The Levies officials said that the clash was prompted because of land dispute which spanned over weeks and turned fatal on Sunday morning when armed tribes exchanged heavy firing in the area.

The fear and panic situation gripped the area, though, the security forces controlled the situation.

The killed tribesmen were identified as Haji Nasir, Abdullah, Mahmood, Muhammad Nabi, Muhammad Ashraf, Sardar Agha, Wali Jan and Abdul Baqi.

PILLION-RIDING BANNED FOR 10 DAYS IN QUETTA

The Balochistan government has banned pillion-riding for 10 days in view of law and order situation in Quetta.

As per notification of the Home and Tribal Affairs Department issued which reads, the provincial government banned pillion-riding and display of arms for 10-day under Section 144 in district Quetta.

The govt undertook this initiative in prospective of prevailing and order situation in the metropolis.

However, security personnel, women and children would be exempted from the ban.

In a separate Press statement, Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfaraz Bugti expressed satisfaction over the statement of Chinese envoy who said that Baloch insurgents were neither any threat to Pakistan nor China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Home Minister added that the envoy’s statement was an acknowledgement of restoring peace in Balochistan which certainly achieved because of the efforts of the incumbent government and result-oriented crackdown of the law enforcement agencies.

He reiterated that they would turn Balochistan once again into a cradle of peace by wiping out every sort of terrorism from the province.

Bugti said that security to Chinese friends and foreign investors was the obligation of the provincial government.

WOMAN, DAUGHTER DIE IN ‘

ACCIDENTAL’ GRENADE BLAST

INP adds: At least two women were killed in a hand grenade explosion in a home in Panjgur area of Balochistan on Sunday.

The accidental explosion in the Tasp area also injured a young boy.

Police in Panjgur told the media that the boy had found a hand grenade and taken it home, assuming it to be a toy. The grenade exploded while he was playing with it inside his house.

The boy’s mother and sister died in the blast, police said, while the injured

boy was shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

Police and Levies personnel arrived at the site of the incident shortly after the explosion took place.