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January 12, 2005

"Don't push us - you won't know what has hit you" President Musharraf  

** This is the area I carried out medical relief operations for an NGO, funded by a foreign gas compnay who needed to make peace with the tribes.**

Pakistan troops guard gas field

There have been rocket attacks and clashes for daysPakistan has deployed troops at its largest natural gas field after days of clashes with tribal militants left at least eight people dead.

The main plant at the Sui complex in Balochistan province is shut. Sui provides about 60% of Pakistan's gas.

There are about 6,500 paramilitary personnel stationed at Sui, backed by some 1,500 regular troops and 750 personnel from the Defence Security Guards.

Tribesmen say they fear a massive operation against them.
"They [army and paramilitary forces] have thrown a ring around us," tribal chief Nawab Akbar Bugti told the BBC News website.

Locals in Balochistan say they face a situation of near war in the province. Rocket attacks against gas facilities are a regular occurrence.

There have been more than 30 bomb attacks in Quetta alone in the last year. The most deadly, last December, killed at least 11 people and wounded more than 30 others.

A group calling itself the Balochistan Liberation Army said it carried out the bombing in its fight against what it sees as the dominating influence of Punjabis on local political life.

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