QUETTA - Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) chief Akhtar Mengal said on Friday that the federal government was not serious about resolving the most pressing issues of the province.

He said that the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the province was no more than a catwalk.

The BNP-M leader said that no one from Balochistan would be allowed to put the province's stake in danger and added that Baloch will neither be sold nor bought by anyone during the Senate polls.

While talking to reporters outside the provincial election commission office, he said that his party was in politics for the sake of democracy despite the fact that no democracy existed in the province.

He said that the political leadership neither speaks for the rights of Baloch people nor the forces who speak for their rights were allowed to speak.

The Bloch leader advised the federal government to forge unity in the rank and file of its coalition members before claiming to woo the angry Baloch leaders.

4 INJURED IN DERA BUGTI BOMB BLAST

Four persons were injured in a bomb blast in Pakistan Chowk area of Dera Bugti on Friday.

The injured were shifted to nearby hospital for medical aid. According to doctors, condition of some of the injured was critical.

In another incident, there has been exchange of firing between security forces and militants in Pasni on the coastal highway.

According to reports, four militants were injured in the firing.

However, they fled from the scene leaving behind their arms.

Meanwhile, Commandant Zhob Militia, Colonel Malik Muhammad Hayat has said that FC jawans were ever ready to root out terrorism and restore peace and order in the area.

He said that Zhob militia recovered five PTCL employees who were kidnapped.  

He said that FC recovered five bombs, one rocket launcher, one SMG and three rockets from the site.

He said that FC was still searching for the kidnappers and hoped to arrest them soon.

TWO TTP MEN AMONG 6 HELD

The Frontier Corps on Friday arrested four suspected militants injured during a shootout near Coastal Highway in Pasni area.

According to FC spokesman, they conducted a search operation on a tip off about the presence of terrorists in the area. As the search operation was underway, the terrorists opened indiscriminate fire on the personnel who also retaliated. The FC personnel arrested four suspected terrorists who were injured during exchange of fire.

Meanwhile, Rangers personnel carried out a raid in Sukkur's Mirpur Mathelo area, and arrested two suspected Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan members and recovered several firearms and explosives from them.

The suspected TTP militants were travelling on a passenger coach from Peshawar to Karachi, intending to leave for Dubai when Rangers personnel searched the coach and arrested the militants.

Several searches and raids were carried out in the surrounding areas during which a large number of firearms were recovered. These included rocket launchers, hand grenades, pistols, bullets and Kalashnikov.

ANF RECOVERS 680KG HEROIN

Anti-Narcotics Force has recovered 680 kg heroin and 108 kg charas in Pishin and Chaman districts.

According to official sources, ANF Quetta conducted a raid in Maham Dara near Pak-Afghan Border in Pishin district and seized 680 kg heroin packed in 384 plastic packets. The smugglers fled away in mountainous area taking advantage of the darkness.

In another major recovery, ANF Quetta conducted a raid at Sheelabagh area of Chaman and seized 108 kg charas.