least eight people were injured in a bomb blast at a
shop in Hub industrial town of Quetta on August 2, reported
one person was seriously injured when a pickup van struck
a landmine in Chatt Baglarr area of Dera Bugti District.
The van was badly damaged in the blast while the driver
the Reporters without Borders expressed concern
over the fate of Ayub Tareen, a correspondent for the
British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) Urdu
service in Quetta, who was forced to leave the city
by the Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) on July 21, 2012.
“We take these threats very seriously and urge the local
authorities to improve the safety of those who work
in the media,” the Paris-based press freedom organisation
said in a press freedom alert received via email, adding,
“We support the call by the Balochistan Union of Journalists
(BUJ) for dialogue and mediation to settle disputes
between the media and various interest groups in the
told the Reporters without Borders that he was
forced to leave Quetta after the BLF accused him of
“partisan reporting”. Several Quetta-based news organisations
received a statement from BLF spokesman Basham Baloch.
The spokesman said it was boycotting the BBC’s Urdu
service because of the “partial attitude” of Tareen.
“We inform high-ups of BBC to take notice of their correspondent’s
partial behaviour.” The statement also read, “Otherwise,
we would be forced to take strict action.”