In the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, Federal army units sent in to quell guerrilla activities, have been helping distribute food to areas stricken by drought.
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Background: In the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, Federal army units sent in to quell guerrilla activities, have been helping distribute food to areas stricken by drought. Air force 'planes are parachuting the supplies to Mewand, the capital of the Marri area, where communications have been disrupted by the guerrillas.
The Federal government has sanctioned one million rupees (GBP40,000) of aid for the Marri area. This will finance the air drop of flour, vegetable oils, pulses, medicines, clothes, transistor sets and shoes. Wheat and sugar are also being taken in and distributed free.
The Government says the troops were sent in at the request of the provincial government. This followed a series of incidents, culminating in the killing of eight militiamen. A clash between armed tribesmen and the army was reported when the tribal chiefs attempted to continue collecting the outlawed Shashik tax on agricultural yield from their tenants. The tax was recently abolished by the provincial government.
Last month, (May), the Interior Minister, Kham Abdul Quayyum Khan said the Federal forces had restored calm in the troubled areas.
The new Baluchistan government replaces Mr. Atuallah Mengal's government which was dismissed in February, together with the Governor, for their "consistent flouting of the federal government's directives." The new government has blamed Mr. Mengal and another former provincial assembly member for the guerrilla operations, which they say are aimed at setting up separate state for Baluchistan.
The ethnic Baluchistan area extends across the border into Iran. Less than two million people live in the Pakistan province, but because it is large and mountainous, the maintenance of law and order presents a problem.