Three killed in Pakistan bus blast

Police say bomb in gas-rich Baluchistan province was detonated by remote control.

    The bomb went off as the bus pulled up
    outside a hotel [AFP]

    In the past, authorities have blamed such attacks on Baluch nationalists, who have fought against the government for decades to press for political autonomy and greater share of profits from the region's natural gas resources.
     

    Baluch nationalists have also targeted government officials and infrastructure including gas pipeline and power pylons.

     

    Decline in fighting

     

    Such attacks were more frequent in early 2006, but dropped off after Pakistani forces killed Nawab Akbar Bugti, one of the main leaders, late last year.

     

    Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, has promised an amnesty, and vowed to hunt down those who refuse to surrender.

     

    Baluch nationalist groups accuse the government of exploiting their resources without passing on the benefits to people of the province.

     

    Gas fields in Baluchistan meet much of Pakistan's demand. Musharraf is ploughing money into Baluchistan's infrastructure to create more economic opportunities.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.