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In an attack terrorists have blown up 16 inch diameter high pressure gas transmission pipeline of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) in Jafarabad District of Balochistan in the early hours of 10th April, 2013. This transmission line commonly known as Indus Left Bank Pipeline (ILBP) supplies gas to Sui Northern Gas Pipelines (SNGPL), responsible for the distributing gas to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunistan provinces. This is the sixth sabotage activity which took place since 16th March this year.
It is necessary to point out that perpetrators have once again become active in Balochistan and are especially targeting electricity and gas transmission networks. These people not only wish to terrorize people of Balochistan to keep them away from election process but also want to bring economic activities in the country to grinding halt. However, the objective is to create conditions whereby election could not be held in the province. The sabotage activities are also aimed at suspending Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, on which construction work has just started in Pakistan. The United States has repeatedly warned Pakistan not to go ahead with the project; else economic sanctions can also be imposed.
It has been often apprehended that the perpetrators operating in Balochistan are supplied funds and arms by some external elements and fingers are often raised at United States, India and even Israel. Though, none of these countries will ever accept that they have been godfathering the perpetrators, there are enough reasons to believe the allegations.
First and the top most important the story of unrest and weakening government writ are created to keep oil and gas exploration companies from the province. India has bidden farewell to Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline on the security reasons. This factor will also bleaken the prospects of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. India is deadly against these two pipeline projects on the grounds that it will have to pay Pakistan transit fee and also that Pakistan will get a control over gas supply.
A question arises, why the external powers want to construct their hideouts and operate from Balochistan? The reply is simple, not to give a chance to Pakistan to become a corridor for trade and energy supply. These powers also want to undermine importance of Gwadar port located in Balochistan. If peace is restored in the province and transit goods (including energy products) start moving through Gwadar port, it will be a setback for Chabahar port constructed by India in Iran.
Terrorist chose Balochistan mainly because has a coastal front of 1bout 1,250 kilometers, which is mostly uninhibited, Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan but has the lowest population, mainly concentrated in few areas. This makes the province an ideal place for constructing hideouts and training facilities for the terrorists. One could still recalled name of a banned outfit, Jundullah based in Balochistan.
Jundullah used to wear two caps, in Pakistan it was known as nationalist outfit fighting for the rights of Baoch and in Iran fighting for the rights of Sunnis, in other words its sole objective was to create unrest, kill people and sabotage private and public property. It got a big jolt when its chief was hanged in Iran and it temporarily went into hibernation.
However, those who wish to create unrest in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran have once again organized themselves and are operating from Balochistan. If any action is taken against the perpetrators, their godfathers start the propaganda that 'poor Baloch are being victimized' and also demanding an independent Balochistan.