GWADAR: At least 14 personnel, including seven from the Frontier Corps (FC) and another seven security guards, were officially confirmed dead in an attack on a convoy of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) in Ormara Tehsil of Gwadar District. The attack, for which, according to BBC Urdu, the Baloch Raji Ajoi Sanger (BRAS), an alliance of various separatist organizations, claimed responsibility, left seven civilian guards injured. The Voice of America quoted the group as claiming that the attack killed 15 personnel.
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISRP), the media wing of the Pakistan Army, an encounter took place between security forces and a large number of what it termed as “terrorists” on Coastal Highway (near Ormara), when a convoy of the OGDCL, was being escorted from Gwadar to Karachi. “Security forces responded effectively, ensured security of the OGDCL persons and managed their safe exit from the area.” The ISPR confirmed the death of the following personnel.
- Subedar Abid Hussain r/o Layyah
- Naik Muhammad Anwar r/o Sibi
- Lance Naik Iftikhar Ahmed r/o DG Khan
- Sepoy Muhammad Naveed r/o Chakwal
- Lance Naik Abdul Latif r/o Pishin
- Sepoy Muhammad Waris r/o Mianwali
- Sepoy Imran Khan r/o Lakki Marwat
- Havaldar (Retired) Samandar Khan r/o Lakki Marwat
- Muhammad Fawad ullah r/o Lakki Marwat
- Atta ullah r/o DIK
- Waris Khan r/o Tank
- Abdul Nafay r/o Kohat
- Shakir ullah r/o Kohat
- Abid Hussain r/o Bannu
Interior Minister Ijaz Shah confirmed the incident by describing it as “an incident of terrorism” and “a cowardly act of hostile elements”. The Interior Minister said armed groups would never be allowed to succeed in their intentions.
The Radio Pakistan quoted Prime Minister Imran Khan condemn the incident on Mekran Coastal Highway. In a statement, Khan expressed grief with the families of personnel of security agencies who were killed in the incident. The Prime Minister also sought a report of the incident.
Baluchistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan also condemned the “loss of precious law enforcement lives” in the attack, adding that the attack “is a clear sign the enemy does not want Balochistan and its people to prosper.”
What BRAS Wants
Baloch Khan, a spokesperson of BRAS, said in a statement posted on Sangar, “while on one hand Pakistani forces are involved in the genocide of Baloch people, whereas, on the other hand companies like OGDCL are exploiting Baloch resources in their strategy of extending the occupation of Balochistan”.
The spokesperson said despite several warnings, OGDCL continues to be involved in what it described as “exploitative projects” in Pasni, Gwadar, Kharan, Lasbela and Och areas of Balochistan, adding that the company had started several new projects of drilling for oil and gas in Balochistan. “We have made it clear several times that the resources of Balochistan belong to Baloch nation and only Baloch nation has the right to decide about the use of these resources,” the spokesperson said, warning that OGDCL must immediately halt all of its ongoing projects in Baluchistan. “BRAS will continue to unite the Baloch national forces to attain the freedom of Balochistan.”