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Present day: Military rule opposed

President Musharraf's visit to Kohlu region on Dec 14, 2005 to lay the foundation stone of one of military cantonments was welcomed by 14 rocket attacks.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 18:58 IST
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•The disturbances erupted in December 2005 in oil and gas rich Kohlu region, 200 kilometres east of provincial capital Quetta, after central government announced plans to install the necessary infrastructure there for exploration of oil and gas reserves.

• President Musharraf's visit to Kohlu region on December 14 to lay the foundation stone of one of military cantonments—something that the Balochis fiercely oppose - was welcomed by 14 rocket attacks.

• The very next day an army helicopter that was carrying the Inspector General, Frontier Corps, Major General Shujaat Zamir Dar, and his deputy Brigadier Saleem Nawaz, was attacked by a machine gun.

• Early this year, they had targeted natural gas installations in Sui town providing gas to all of Pakistan as well as other government buildings, including railway tracks in Balochistan.

• In Islamabad on January 2, opposition leaders staged a protest against the ongoing military operation in the province.

The opposition leaders carried banners and placards and shouted different slogans such as 'stop state terrorism in Balochistan', 'say no to military rule', 'go Musharraf go'.

•Senator Sanaullah Baloch, a nationalist, had told in an interview to a local daily, "Islamabad has missed the chance of appeasing us… Our suggestions were turned down with all the arrogance.

Now my people would only want their recognition as equal partners of the Federation of Pakistan. Take it or leave it."

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 21:18 IST