October 11th, 2012
08:40 AM ET

Blasts kill 12 in oil-rich area of Pakistan

Two bomb blasts in different parts of southwest Pakistan killed 12 people and injured 25 Thursday, officials told CNN.

More than 55 pounds of explosives were packed into a rickshaw near a hotel near a crowd of people in the city of Sibi in Balochistan, Ghullam Ali Lashari, a local police officer, told CNN.

Balochistan province has Pakistan's largest reserve of gas and has seen violent clashes between suspected insurgents and security forces in the past few years.


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  1. Emma

    This is kind of scary. Pakistan has nuclear weapons. I sure hope they won't let the hard line conservatives ("radical"muslims per Obama) succeed in taking over their government.

    One thing I've noticed is, I have worked with a lot of people from Pakistan over the years. The ones I've known are some of the friendliest and nicest people I've ever met. They are always smiling and joking around. Outgoing, nice, friendly people. The picture the media paints of them sure doesn't seem to match up with the ones I've known.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Emma

    Plus, the media and US government always claim the people of india to be wonderful. From those I've been exposed to, they seem to be the most arrogant and rudest people in the world. Also very unclean.

    Why is it when we work with and get to know people from different cultures, they are usually the exact opposite of what our government tries to lead us to believe?

    But that's just IMHO.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Ditto. If I know a business is owned by or employees those from India I don't do business with them. Rude people. Learned that while in The Peace Corp.

      October 11, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nate

    India's caste system is m e a n.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Hardly news.
    Balochistan eyed by Russia for long also has been a playground for Indian covert machinations for decades promoting insurgency. Lately we also entered the arena eyeing the vast natural resources in the region by Congress endorsing the ' liberation' movement in Balochistan.

    October 11, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    @ Emma
    Right on mark and thanks for posting your experience.
    Those of us who had the occasion to travel and stay in Pakistan especially before the Afghan invasion and occupation gradually destroyed the very social fabric and fragile economy of that country, would endorse your views.

    Travel as I have said before quoting Mark Twain, is the enemy of ignorance, bigotry and prejudice.

    October 11, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. super spade

    Oil rich blast. Are the gas prices going up?

    October 11, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    Interesting!? NOT! Just a daily activity for these countries. They exsist to KILL!! YES, I can understand those whose comments say the people they met were nice. HOWEVER, for me, that is a mute arguement. There are good and bad everywhere, even in America! My biggest problem, in trying to understand, is I have heard a figure of 1.5 Billion muslims in the world. IF this is an accurate figure then WHY are the MANY letting the FEW define muslims, their religion, etc.? Does the Quran actually "teach" that it is OK to kill the infidels, which is us? IF it does then I must conclude that this is why the many are so quiet! IF not then why are the many so quiet? Now you have this young girl that was " TARGETED" for death for speaking out! And just this morning a statement that if she survives they will kill her! This type of inhuman, outrageous thinking is why all muslims are now suspects!! THEY are the ones that need to stop this insanity!!

    October 12, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Good questions you pose ,my friend.
    Let me say that yes the muslims do number in access of 1.2 billion and are a majority in 50 plus countries. Now why they don't stand up to these handful of thugs who have hijacked their religion ?
    Majority abhors Al-Qaeda and Taliban brand of 'philiosophy' (read drivel) and their tactics of indiscriminate violence. More muslims have been killed at their hands than others.

    October 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    As we have seen with Iraq and Afghanistan invasion. Prolonged occupations and its legacy of torture, death,destruction and corruption changes sentiment on the ground. Civilian deaths mount and resentment against the 'invaders' climbs. Then we in the West take upon ourselves to revile and malign their religion instead of focusing on the thugs. Their revered prophet , their holy book is vulgarized. The war on terror somehow turns into a war against a people. That alienates those who were with us in the fight aganst those handful of elements.
    I could go on expanding but I'm sure with your own grip on what has been happening you can easily see the dynamics.
    I have to go. Perhaps more sometime later.

    October 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Majority is not quiet, thats why we see innocents killed almost on a daily basis in places like Pakistan seen by these elements as as siding with us.. That is why we see their military fighting these elements in places like Waziristan. tens of thousands of civilians killed. Afghans have been fighting them,Pakistanis have been fighting them. But this cannot go on.
    Just in the past two days drones have killed 25 in Pakistan and that hardly strengthens our cause. general population is sick and tired of the violence , 12 years on it has become an unending misery.

    October 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    As for your question on Quran. There are many interpretations available by christian and other scholars. Leslie Hazelton, John Arberry, Ahron ben Shemesh (Jewish scholar) Leopold Wies, Picthall etc.
    What Talibans demonstrate or practice or preach has no place in the Quran if one reads these interpretations.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Good day to you,Sir.

    October 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. catharsishungry07

    News of deaths everywhere! What's happening in this world?? 🙁

    October 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ronvan

    SAYWHAT: Understand what you are saying but I would take exception about "innocents" being killed becaus they are standing up! When these "nut jobs" bomb & kill, without consideration, men, women & children, of thier own faith, and all they are doing is shopping, or minding their own business, then how could anyone say that they were standing up for their rights? These "inhuman, religious fanatics" are the ones that have perverted their religion just to support their cause. As for the Quran, one of the problems with religion is in interpretation. Yes, No, Right, Wrong. WHY is it that their "religious leaders" denouce these actions? And we could go on and on.

    October 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |