Nov 152017
 
SSGCL TO LAY 567KM PIPELINES FOR GASIFICATION OF 137 VILLAGES OF SINDH, BALOCHISTAN

Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) will lay five hundred and sixty seven kilometer pipelines for gasification of one hundred and thirty seven villages of Sindh and Balochistan provinces at a cost of over two billion rupees this year.Under the PM’s Global Sustainable Development Goals Programme, the SSGCL is working to provide natural gas facility to 119 villages in Sindh and 18 villages in Balochistan.All these projects are being executed on recommendations of parliamentarians and notables of the areas for provision of gas.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Oct 312017
 

QUETTA: The Balochistan Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution regarding the establishment of a Provincial Finance Commission for distributing resources among the provincial government and the local councils. After tabling the resolution to no avail in the last session, MPA Yasmeen Lehri tried again on Tuesday where she got unanimous support of the house. During the session, Excise and Taxation Minister Sheikh Jaffar Mandokhel assured to take up the resolution as per the recommendations of the assembly in the next formal meeting of the provincial cabinet. He pledged to support the move in letter and spirit during the cabinet meeting. In her speech, Lehri strongly argued that three other provinces of Pakistan had adopted the Provincial Finance Commission resolution decades ago, while Balochistan lagged behind. “Ignoring the issue will pile up problems of the poor people in the region,” she added. Balochistan jails termed the worst for juvenile prisoners The MPAs were of the view that the Provincial Finance Commission would help resolve many problems by making the distribution of resources more just and fair between the provincial government and the local councils. In the past, the ruling coalition government, mainly the religious partners, had opposed the move to establish the Provincial Finance Commission as they wanted to monopolise the available resources of the province and keep local councils out of the loop. On the issue of security and safety on highways all over Balochistan, the house decided to summon officials of the National Highway Authority. It was suggested that the [Read More…]

Oct 312017
 

Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said Pakistanis are a resilient peace and sports-loving nation that is bound to rise despite all challenges, a statement issued by the military’s media wing said on Tuesday. Speaking at the concluding session of the Pakistan Motor Rally 2017, Gen Qamar said: “The motor rally is a vindication of Pakistan’s progress towards peace and stability. Every Pakistani from Khunjerab to Gwadar is committed to peace and progress of the country.” According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the rally which started on 21 October from Khunjerab finished in Gwadar on Tuesday night. PakMotorRally concluded at Gwadar. "Pakistanis are peace & sports loving resilient nation, bound to rise despite all challenges" COAS.(1/2) pic.twitter.com/Wjys4IcTvR — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) October 31, 2017 “Balochistan’s progress is Pakistan’s progress,” the chief of army staff (COAS) said. While focusing on the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Gen Qamar said: “CPEC will be truly successful when it lifts Balochistan to its rightful place.” Pakistan Army will extend full support and assist the socio-economic development of Balochistan by the government, he added. "CPEC will be truly successful when it lifts Bln to its rightful place. Army shall extend full support for its socio-eco dev" COAS. (2/2) pic.twitter.com/05DYBfVOZ0 — Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) October 31, 2017 The COAS also appreciated the spirit of organisers, participants and the supporters from across the country. A large gathering of local population, civil and military officials were present on the occasion to witness the concluding [Read More…]

Oct 262017
 

QUETTA: Suspected militants hurled a hand grenade at the press club in Hub, an industrial town on the outskirts of Karachi on Wednesday night amid reports that newspapers could not be delivered throughout Balochistan – including the provincial capital – for the second day in row. According to police, suspected militants hurled a hand grenade at the Hub Press Club, which landed near the peripheral wall of the compound. The wall was damaged, while windows of the building were shattered by the thud of the blast, but no one was injured. Security forces rushed to the site and started investigation. Newspapers not delivered in Quetta, other towns amid threats from militants Meanwhile, local and national newspapers could not be distributed for a second consecutive day on Wednesday in Quetta and elsewhere in Balochistan. The Anjuman-e-Akhbar Froshan asked the publishers on Tuesday night not to send their newspapers to the market as hawkers were not willing to distribute the dailies in Quetta and its outskirts. Similarly, transporters have also refused to deliver newspapers to other districts of Balochistan amid threats from Baloch terrorist groups. The newspapers market remained closed throughout the day on Wednesday as no agent and hawker turned up. The Anjuman-e-Akhbar Froshan said their hawkers would not distribute newspapers unless their security was ensured. In Balochistan nationalist, sectarian terror is contained, says Zehri Alarmed by the situation, the provincial administration has ordered deployment of paramilitary troops at the media houses and newspaper market following threats from proscribed terrorist groups that [Read More…]

Oct 242017
 

QUETTA: At least 11 people, including four women and a child, were killed and 30 others injured on Tuesday night after a passenger coach and a lorry had a head-on collision on the Quetta-Taftan National Highway near Dalbandin in Chagai district of Balochistan. Levies officials said that a speeding Quetta-bound trailer coming from Taftan hit a coach carrying passengers to Taftan from Quetta. The incident occurred in the Laghab area of Dalbandin and left nine people dead on the spot and 35 others injured. Balochistan incident: 12 people killed in road accidents “Eleven people, including women and a child, died on the spot as the trailer bumped into the coach,” a senior Levies official said. Soon after the incident, the FC, police and Levies personnel rushed to the site and started rescue operation. They shifted the injured and the bodies to the district hospital. “Many of the injured are in critical condition,” hospital sources said, adding that critical cases were being shifted to Quetta. The death toll could rise in view of the condition of the injured passengers, a source added. Levies officials said that the incident occurred due to speeding. The driver of the trailer lost control over the vehicle and collided with the coach. Further investigation was in progress. The post 11 killed in Chagai accident appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 112017
 

ISLAMABAD: There is a need for new legislation to enable authorities to hold someone responsible for enforced disappearances. At the same time, the extent of the issue is being confused by activists such as Mama Qadeer, who could not back up his claims regarding the number of missing persons. These were among the comments made by Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances head Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal on Wednesday. He was sharing details of the committee’s performance before the Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights. Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan’s (MQM) Nasreen Jalil chaired the meeting. PHC seeks reports of 10 missing persons every week “Despite challenges, we have disposed of 2,899 cases out of a total of 4,329 cases received by the commission… We are currently processing 1,386 cases,” he said. A host of problems, he said, could be resolved if the parliament modified relevant sections the Criminal Procedures Code. Parliament, he said, should play a proactive role by empowering the committee. Nobody, he pointed out, had asked former president Pervez Musharraf when he extradited more than 2,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries despite the fact that the country had terrorism laws and regulations. “This is not a banana republic … Nobody has bothered to … hold him accountable for what he did,” he said. Missing persons details to be given in three days He also lamented that he was being blamed for not making the Abbottabad Commission Report public. “Only the government and the parliament can decide to make it public,” he [Read More…]

Sep 172017
 

Posters placed by Baloch separatists in Geneva, Switzerland have drawn the ire of Pakistan’s top diplomat at the UN. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Farukh Amil has written to Swiss Permanent Representative Valentin Zellweger to draw his attention to the ‘Free Baluchistan’ posters placed along Rue de Ferney in the Grand Sacconex area. The letter – a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, says that since Monday, Pakistani diplomats identified at least eight posters which list ‘Baluchistan House’ as its sponsor, along with one digital poster. They also identified a car with local plates that appeared to be guarding the posters. Ambassador Amil opines that the local authorities should be aware of who placed them as it would have to collect fees for the posters. While protesting the attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty that is constituted by the posters, the ambassador explains to his opposite number that ‘Baluchistan House’ is an affiliate of the Baluchistan Liberation Army (BLA), which is recognised as a terrorist group by Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and other countries. Pakistan’s polio fight wins praise in Geneva The letter also notes that BH and BLA’s overlapping leadership have committed crimes ranging from assassination to mass murder and kidnappings against soldiers, government officials, and civilians, along with religiously motivated attacks against minorities. The Pakistani envoy moves on to urge the Swiss to address the issue. “The use of Swiss soil by terrorists and violent secessionists for nefarious designs against Pakistan…is totally unacceptable. [Read More…]

Sep 032017
 

The Pakistan Army will continue assisting for the security and development of Balochistan, said Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Gen Bajwa made these remarks during his visit to Turbat and Gwadar on the second day of Eid where he met and greeted the locals. “The armed forces fulfilling their responsibilities in far-flung areas is commendable. We will keep rendering our duties with vigour and zeal,” said COAS, according to a statement issued by the ISPR. Army chief spends Eid with troops at Pak-Afghan border “All development projects under way in Balochistan will be completed on time,” he added. Gen Bajwa also met the family of Major Jamal Sheran who embraced martyrdom when militants targeted the paramilitary Frontier Corps in Hayatabad on July 17. On Saturday, COAS spent the first day of Eid in Rajgal Valley with the troops securing Pak-Afghan border. The post Efforts for security, uplift in Balochistan to continue: COAS appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 142017
 

QUETTA: At least six soldiers of the Frontier Corps Balochistan were martyred and two others injured in an explosion on Monday. According to a statement, the soldiers died after being hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) when it was on patrol from Shahrag to Khost area. The device was planted on an unmetalled part of the road, which resulted in the entire vehicle being destroyed. The martyred soldiers have been identified as Lance Naik Yousaf Imran, Sepoy Shahab-ud-din, Sepoy Fayyaz, Sepoy Umer, Sepoy Naeem and Civil Security Fazal Rehman. The country has been battling nationalist insurgencies in the province since 2004, with hundreds of soldiers and militants killed in the fighting.   The post Six FC soldiers martyred in Balochistan IED attack appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 062017
 

Four terrorists were killed in Kohlu and Dera Bugti, Balochistan in intelligence-based operations conducted by the FC on terrorist hideouts during Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. According a statement by the ISPR, the terrorists tried to fight back and four were killed in the subsequent exchange of fire. A soldier sustained minor injuries in the shootout. 12 arrested in Radd-ul-Fasaad raids in Balochistan The statement added that the terrorists’ camps were dismantled, while IEDs, explosives and communication equipment was seized. The killed militants were involved in extortion, kidnapping for ransom, attacks on security forces and other sabotage activities, it said. Earlier, the FC had also carried out an intelligence-based operation in Kuchmina, Zhob on August 3 and foiled a terrorism bid aimed to sabotage Independence Day celebrations. The post Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad: Four terrorists killed in Balochistan, hideouts destroyed appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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