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Pakistan’s Army to Confront Nationalists in the Southwest

Army troops have been sent to Pakistan’s largest natural gas field, in southwestern Baluchistan, after attacks by Baluchi nationalists forced the authorities to close the plant, officials said Wednesday. Pakistan pledged tough action against the nationalists, who are demanding greater royalties for the gas extracted in their area. Speaking at a news conference in Islamabad, the capital, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao said “punitive action” would be taken if the tribesmen did not halt their attacks on “national assets.” At least eight people have died and several have been wounded since Friday in clashes between government forces and the nationalists. Mr. Sherpao said the attackers fired 14,000 small-weapon rounds, 435 rounds from rocket launchers and 60 rounds from four-barrel mortars at the Sui gas plant. Full Story

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