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News :: Politics
16 Feb 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006

Pirkoh pipeline blown up

* Rocket fired at Sui oil field

By Azizullah Khan

QUETTA: The main gas pipeline to Pirkoh Gas Plant was blown up on Thursday as two major plants were shut down. Dera Bugti District Coordination Officer Abdul Samad Lasi said that unidentified individuals blew up the pipeline at 12:30am near the Pirkoh compression plant. Loti Gas Plant is also connected with the same compression plant, and the two plants in turn are linked to the Sui gas field.

With the plants being closed, companies are expected to experience a gas shortage. However, Lasi said that this shortage would be compensated by drawing on gas from other sources. He said that the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited would be the worst hit from the blast, and there would be a gas shortage in Multan and Faisalabad.

Meanwhile, unidentified men blew up the railway track near Machh once again on Thursday . According to details, a two-foot stretch of the track was blown up with explosives. All trains on the route have been suspended. No casualty has been reported and efforts are underway to repair the track.

Abbas Naqvi adds from Karachi: The Sui oil fields came under attack after a rocket was fired at a gas installation in the vicinity on Thursday morning.

This correspondent, who was present in Sui at the time of the attack, saw the rocket fired from the north of the Sui gas compression plant at 7:45am. A Frontier Constabulary (FC) officer said that it was a 107-mm rocket that could travel up to 25 kilometres. The rocket missed its target by three to four feet and landed in the sand, where it exploded upon impact. The explosion was so loud that it forced the visiting delegation of journalists to run out of the PPL Mess where they were staying.

Law enforcement agencies patrolling the area immediately arrived on the scene. FC personnel, army jawans and the local police cordoned off the area and took the wreckage away.
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Re: BALOCHISTAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS Blown up Pirkoh Gas pipeline
16 Feb 2006
Much more productive than blowing up civilians. Strike um where it hurts.