Abductors kill seven coal miners in Balochistan

Published Jul 12, 2012 08:26am

Mourners gather beside body of a miner in Quetta.—AFP Photo
Mourners gather beside body of a miner in Quetta.—AFP Photo
Mourners gather beside body of a miner in Quetta.—AFP Photo

QUETTA: Police on Thursday found the bodies of seven coal miners who were kidnapped last week in Pakistan's insurgency-torn southwestern province of Baluchistan, officials said.

The miners were abducted on July 7 in the Soorang area, 25 kilometres east of the provincial capital Quetta, and their bullet-ridden bodies were found dumped on a roadside in the hills of nearby Degari, administration official Zafar Bokhari told AFP.

The Baluchistan Liberation Army, which is fighting for independence from the federal government, had claimed responsibility for their kidnapping but there was no claim for their deaths, Bokhari said.

The miners were from the Swat valley, which is part of the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added.

Local police said the miners had been shot dead overnight.

On Wednesday, Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, accused paramilitary forces of involvement in a third of all disappearances in Baluchistan, where the military has been accused of rights violations in its bid to put down the insurgency.


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Rashid
Jul 12, 2012 07:13pm
The rule of the jungle!
MrBlogger
Jul 12, 2012 05:54pm
The so called BLA must not forget that Balochistan is part of Pakistan. People from every ethnicity have the right to live in Balochistan. And most of all they should not forget that the majority of people residing in this beautiful province belong to the Pashtun tribes. And if this carries on, then they (BLA, BLT, etc) and whoever is supporting them are certainly digging their own graves. Baloch, Pathan, Punjabi, Sindhi, Hazaras brother and sisters are still living and working side by side. And no matter what happens it will still be the same. If you have any problem then leave and go sit with your sardars in Dubai, Switzerland and UK. Every time you kill or injure a person, the human nature kicks in and we go to help regardless of our or the targeted person's ethnicity. And you know what we hate you even more. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
A JKhan
Jul 12, 2012 04:51pm
Baloch Liberation Army has shown their cowardice by killing these innocent and poor Pashtun coal miners . This gruesome act will never be forgiven by the living pashtuns.
Cyrus Howell
Jul 12, 2012 08:46am
I guess Life isn't tough enough for coal miners making a dangerous but honest living for their families.
umer
Jul 13, 2012 09:39pm
Baloch Liberation Army has shown their cowardice by killing these innocent and poor Pashtun coal miners . This gruesome act will never be forgiven by the living pashtuns.
Starr
Jul 12, 2012 05:27pm
BLA has no regard for human lives. These innocents’ miners were trying to make living for their families. The sponsors of BLA living in western countries who accept foreigners regardless of the race, color and religion and I am surprised that these sponsors of BLA don't learn anything from the West. These people are greedy and heartless people. Baluchistan is big province and belongs to everybody not just few migrants from Syria or elsewhere in the 11th century.
M. Ahmed
Jul 12, 2012 08:20pm
Take them out with iron hands.
uthmanmalik
Jul 12, 2012 04:25pm
Nope we won't see the media making a hue and cry about their death for sure! Because they are poor people and no one cares about them. Isn't this Government supposed to provide protection to all the citizens even if they are coal miners by profession?
Imran
Jul 12, 2012 09:39pm
So sad.
torque usafzai
Jul 12, 2012 10:33pm
shame on you BLA.....for killing poor innocent pushtuns belonging to swat valley which is already area where these poor people have suffered alot....usually these coal mine workers belongs to the poorest area of swat...
torque usafzai
Jul 12, 2012 10:40pm
killing the already suppressed and poor people is no way forward.....