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Blogging Balochistan
Thursday, 17 November 2005
The Karachi Blast
The big news about Balochistan is the blast that happened in Karachi on 16th Nov. 2005. It isn't like any other usual Lashkar or Jaish blast, which Pakistan has grown accustomed to. Though the blast was near a American restaurant, it wasn't supposed to target that. The alleged targets were the Offices of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) nearby. Then, the theories began.

From the onset, the authorities said it was BLA. Even, a Chakar Azam had accepted the responsibility on behalf of BLA. (Outlook India says a Shakir Alam accepted the responsibility on behalf of Balochistan national Army , it is probably a typo, there is no BNA).

The twist comes when another spoke person of BLA, Azad Baloch calls in to deny any BLA involvement ( supposedly, he also wasn't the same person who always calls after the blasts). Nusrat Afghani explains the situation in Daily Aasap. Daily Times's editorial about the blast is here. Amir Mir writes about it here.

TODAY: Accused Aziz Khan, Mangla Khan and Abdul Jabbar were linked with the Balochistan Liberation Army and arrested from Gulshan Iqbal with a car, three kilogram explosives, two hand grenades, one Kalashnikov and two TT pistols, police said.

Also, Five ‘BLA men’ held for Karachi blast

There was this piece which caught my eye:

The spokesman said that the BLA was struggling against Punjabi rulers. “We can hit any target in Islamabad and other areas of Punjab, but not in Karachi or any other area of Sindh,”

Why shouldn't we target Pakistani interests in Sindh? Haven't we, already? I think we have attacked the gas pipelines in Sindh many times before. Sindh is occupied as well, so it is a legitimate battlefield. Of course, the loss of civilian life is tragic, but is not unexpected in a war.

Perhaps, it is time to come out in the open, and tell the enemy that they might not be that safe in their own homes, any more.

Posted by Gedroshian at 9:50 AM EST
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