JNN 02 Jan 2014 QUETTA: Two people were Martyred and 31 others injured on Wednesday as a powerful bomb blast targeted a passenger bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Taftan, a town in Balochistan bordering with Iran. Continue reading
JNN 25 Sept 2013 Quetta : A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing hundreds in Balochistan, besides creating a new island off the Gwadar coastline in its wake, Express News reported.
Tremors were felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.
The Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly stated that at least 150 people had died from the disaster in the province.
The quake struck at 4:29 pm local time (1129 GMT) around 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the city of Khuzdar in Balochistan province, at a depth of 15 kilometres.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.7, recording its duration as eight seconds.
The area most affected by the quake were Awaran and Khuzdar, with over 90% of the villages/communities in Awaran were destroyed.
Pakistan Army started an emergency rescue operation immediately.
Director General ISPR, Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that 300 soldiers are already in the area, with the number expected to rise to 1000 by tomorrow morning. Khuzdar would be used as base for the rescue effort.
Island Occurrence Near Gwadar
On the Gwadar coastline, the quake created a small island about half a mile into the sea near an area called ‘Jhanda’, according to Express News.
The newly appearing island is said to have a mountainous terrain rising up to a hundred feet. A large crowd was seen gathering at the site to see the new island.
The area of the epicentre is sparsely populated, but the USGS issued a red alert for the quake, which left aftershocks of up to 5.9 magnitude, according to the meteorological department.
Minor tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi, while office workers in the city of Ahmedabad near the border with Pakistan ran out of buildings and into the street.
Mumtaz Baluch, senior local administration official in Awaran district, 350 kilometres southwest of Quetta, told AFP: “There are reports of houses being collapsed in the district due to earthquake.”
“We have dispatched our teams to the affected area to ascertain the losses.”
In April a 7.8-magnitude quake centred in southeast Iran, close to the border with Baluchistan, killed 41 people and affected more than 12,000 on the Pakistan side of the border.
People working in offices Karachi rushed out of their building and sat on the footpaths along the roads or stood away from the buildings.
“My work table jerked a bit and again and I impulsively rushed outside,” Noor Jabeen, a 28-year woman working for an insurance company said while breathing heavily.
“It was not so intense but it was terrible,” said Owais Khan, who works for a provincial government office.
“Whenever I feel jolts it reminds me of the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir,” said Amjad Ali, 45, IT official standing on the road said.
Rescue Doctors attacked
Paramedical staff dispatched to remote areas of Awaran for providing medical aid to those injured due to the earthquake came under attack.
Our correspondent reported that the doctors came under attack from unknown assailants near Awaran. However, there were no reports of any loss of life.
Meanwhile, the Balochistan government spokesperson Jan Muhammad Buledi told a press conference in Quetta on Tuesday that they had started relief and rescue work in the earthquake affected zones.
Buledi said that the earthquake had affected six districts in the province including Awaran, Kech, Khuzdar, Panjgur, Chaghi, Gwadar.
“On the instructions of the Chief Minister, we are providing immediate relief goods and medical attention.”
In this regards, Buledi said that all other NGOs including Edhi and international organisations and local welfare organisations are being facilitated as much as possible including on the issue of law and order
He said that the death toll stood at 33, though he added that the death toll was feared to rise.
JNN 10 Aug 2013 ISLAMABAD: Even Despite ‘heavy deployment’ of security personnel on Eid Security forces failed to Burst the Terrorist Gangs, as a suicide bomber successfully entered a mosque used by the Shia Sect in Islamabad but failed to explode , and due to his firing a Shia Security Guard embraced Martyrdom after which the Suicide Bomber was gunned down by the other Security Volunteer , JNN reported on Friday. Continue reading
JNN 15 June 2013 QUETTA : At least 22 people, including 14 female students, were killed Saturday in multiple bomb and gun attacks by terrorists in Quetta, the capital of insurgency-hit Balochistan province. Continue reading
JNN 19 Apr 2013 TEHRAN – Iran exported 11.054 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to its neighboring countries in the past Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, showing 29 percent rise year on year, the Fars News Agency reported. Continue reading
JNN 17 Apr 2013 TEHRAN – A very strong earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale on Tuesday hit the Iranian city of Saravan in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province which borders Pakistan, the Iranian Seismological Center reported. Continue reading
QUETTA: At least 65 people were Martyred and over 180 injured in a blast on Kariani Road in Quetta on Saturday, Our Correspondent reported. The area is reported to be located in the vicinity of Hazara Town. Continue reading
JNN 14 Jan 2013 QUETTA / ISLAMABAD: Government under the Huge Pressure of the Country wide Sit In Protest of the Shia Community , Bowed Down for the imposition of governor’s rule in Balochistan, the federal government declared a state of emergency in the province late Sunday night. Continue reading
QUETTA: A string of bombings left at least 93 people dead and over 150 wounded in one of the bloodiest days of violence that Balochistan has seen for years.Majority of the Martyred Belonged to Shia Community . Continue reading
JNN 29 July 2012 Quetta : A shopkeeper Haji Noor Ali s/o Hussain Ali , belonging to the Shia Hazara community was Martyred here on Saturday, police sources said. While in another Incident son of a tribal leader Qadir Bux s/o Haji Mithal Khan Umrani was killed and his associate injured in Usta Mohammad town of Jaffarabad district. And in the third Incident Farman Ali was abducted from the Hazaar Gunji area of Quetta . Continue reading
JNN 29 June 2012 QUETTA: A blast in the Hazarganji area of Quetta targeted a bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Taftan to the provincial capital on Thursday, Express News reported. 14 people were Martyred and 30 were injured as a result of the blast. Continue reading
JNN 06 April 2012 Islamabad : Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has announced that Islamabad plans to purchase 1,100 megawatts (MW) more electricity from its western neighbor, Iran.The Iranian deputy minister stated that Iran is currently implementing various contracts for exporting electricity to neighboring countries. Continue reading
JNN 22 Feb 2012 : An Indian newspaper says the United States is putting pressure on Pakistan to allow Washington to establish espionage bases in the country’s Balochistan province to gather intelligence on Iran. Continue reading
JNN 20 Sept 2o11 Quetta : Terrorist Of Lashkar e Jhangvi opened fire on a bus in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan in a sectarian attack on Tuesday, killing around 26 Shia Muslim pilgrims traveling to Iran, police said. Continue reading
JNN 04 July 2011 : The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is reportedly using airbases in Afghanistan to launch deadly drone attacks on Pakistan despite Islamabad’s warnings against continued unauthorized U.S. air raids on its soil. Continue reading
JNN 15 April 2011 : As three grandsons of the slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti fight over control of Bugti lands, the late Nawab’s successor, Nawab Aali Bugti, has been expelled from the area, Our Correspondent Reported Continue reading