Pakistan rebels blow up gas pipeline

Jan. 5, 2006 at 11:03 AM
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NEW DELHI, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Pakistan tribal rebels in Baluchistan blew up a gas pipeline, shutting down supply to a U.S. and British power plant.

The two blasts damaged a 24-inch diameter pipeline at two places in Dera Murad Jamai area near Quetta.

"The blast cut off gas supply to the nearby Uch private power plant, "said a report in the Indian Express from Quetta.

Rebels in Baluchistan have been waging an armed struggle against the government demanding greater autonomy and control over its natural resources. They have been frequently targeting gas pipeline. Baluchistan is Pakistan's natural gas source.

Pakistan government has set up military installation in the region and also launched military attacks against the rebels.

Islamabad says Baluch tribal rebels have been promoting militancy and the region has become a heaven for militants.

India had asked Pakistan to stop armed attack on the rebels and initiate political dialogue. Islamabad took exception to New Delhi's remarks.

Pakistan said it would not entertain outsiders views on military operation in Baluchistan.

"India should settle down its own conflicts. Action by security forces against miscreants would continue, "said President Gen Pervez Musharraf.

The human right activists in Pakistan also criticized the government for its military action in violence hit Baluchistan, a Pakistani province bordering Afghanistan.

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