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NEWS: Militants Attack Pakistani Rail Line To Iran

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posted on Mar, 3 2005 @ 12:38 PM
Pakistani tribal militants have been demanding greater political and economic rights. Today they blew up a railway line which runs from Pakistan to Iran. This is the third attack on the railway track in recent week, railway officials said.
Ethnic minority militants in Baluchistan province in the southwest have sustained a low-level insurgency for decades but they have recently stepped up attacks on transport, power and telephone lines and gas production facilities.

In a separate attack, militants fired rockets at a telecommunications tower in the same region, causing some damage, police said.

Baluchi tribesmen want jobs and more royalties for the natural resources being taken from the region. They recently attacked the gas field at Sui in retaliation for the rape of a woman doctor at the gas field. Musharraf brought thousands of troops in response.

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This is a fair point, if natural resources are being taken from the region, why shouldn’t they receive something back? These people need greater political and economic rights and this seems to be the only way of them getting their point across. If they are just trying to earn an honest living and find a good job then why not let them? Hopefully something can be sorted between the militants and the government.

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[edit on 3-3-2005 by phixion]

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