from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of west-central Pakistan west-southwest of Lahore. Ringed by mountains, it commands the entrance through the strategic Bolan Pass into Afghanistan. Population: 733,000.

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  • proper n. A city in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan and capital of the district by that name.


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  • QUETTA: A number of schools, including at least two girls 'schools, have closed down in Quetta after threatening letters were received by their managements.

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  • Monday, 02 Feb, QUETTA: A Shia Muslim was killed Monday in a drive-by shooting in Quetta, AFP has learnt.

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  • QUETTA: Unidentified men on a motorbike killed two Shia Muslims in an apparent sectarian attack in Quetta on Monday, police said.


  • Omar and other leaders of the Afghan Taliban are thought to be based primarily in Quetta, a sprawling Pakistani city that the Islamabad government does not allow CIA drones to patrol.

    U.S. military campaign to topple resilient Taliban hasn't succeeded

  • In the mind of the ISI, India uses its new consulates in Afghanistan to back rebels in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, whose capital, Quetta, is only a few hours 'drive from Kandahar.

    Behind the Indian Embassy Bombing

  • Until he was captured in Quetta by Pakistani intelligence agents in October 2005 and handed over to the CIA, he went wherever the jihad travelled.

    Laptop Jihadi « Isegoria

  • There have been sporadic reports of sightings, including one in Quetta, south-west Pakistan, in November last year, but nothing substantiated.


  • A few days later, one of the Taliban leaders brought his sick mother to Dr. Samar's clinic in Quetta (she is known as an excellent physician).

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  • The week I was in Quetta, there was also a series of bomb blasts in government buildings, relating to the arrests of a hundred members of an ethnic-Baluch clan who were wanted in connection with the murder of a judge.

    The Lawless Frontier

  • Cheap, Western-style polyesters have taken over much of the Third World, but in Quetta nearly everyone still wears traditional shalwar kameez: baggy cotton pants and a long, flowing shirt, with a blanket over the shoulder for praying and sleeping.

    The Lawless Frontier


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