A recent conflict between the Pakistani government and tribesmen over gas pipelines in southwestern Baluchistan province appears to be coming to a head.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz says he will use all resources to protect the country's main gasfield after Baluch tribesmen blew up a gas pipeline, disrupting gas supplies to millions of consumers.
Mr. Aziz made the remark at a special cabinet meeting in Islamabad today (Monday). He said his government cannot afford to expose such installations to danger.
Tribal leader Hafizullah Bugti has vowed to resist any attack with full force.
Last week, President Pervez Musharraf warned the rebels that they will not know what hit them if the government decides to respond to their attacks.
At least eight people have been killed in the clashes since last week's blast.