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[4 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]

Reuters report in The Nation, June 03, 2017
QUETTA – The resource-rich Balochistan wants Chinese companies to kick-start a boom in its mining industry by including the sector into Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, a senior provincial mining official said.
Beijing has pledged $57 billion for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship “Belt and Road” project that first focused on Chinese firms building roads and power stations but is now expanding to include setting up industries.
Mineral extraction is a deeply contentious issue in Balochistan, where many …

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[21 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Dr Noman Ahmed in The News on Sunday (TNS), May 21, 2017
The author is Chairperson of Department of Architecture and Planning at NED University, Karachi.
The attacks on the convoy of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri in Mastung and labourers in Gwadar district on May 12 and 13 respectively show that all is not well in Balochistan. These tragic incidents almost coincided with the participation of the prime minister and chief ministers in ‘Belt and Road Forum’ in Beijing.
But during the past few years, hundreds of innocent citizens have been …

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[22 Nov 2016 | No Comment | ]

The devastating suicide attack on Shah Noorani shrine in Khuzdar has underscored the fact that Islamist threat in Balochistan is both evolving and expanding. Initially inter-sectarian, the militant landscape has, apparently, also acquired intra-sectarian character. Similarly, it is political too. The toxic ideology of militant Deobandism under the unsavoury influence of Wahabism gives rise to Islamist terror in Balochistan.
If the year 1999 is taken as starting point of Islamist perpetrated violence in Balochistan, the nature of violence was inter-sectarian. The high profile incident of anti-Shia violence was carried out on …

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[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

A hint given by the “separatist” leader of the Baloch Republican Party (BRP), Brahamdagh Bugti, to end militancy and return to Pakistan if offered an acceptable deal is a positive development. Reportedly, the BRP leader has agreed to return provided civil and military establishment are responsive to his certain conditions. He also assured the interlocutors that he would use his influence to convince other Baloch nationalists including Harbiyar Marri. The disgruntled Baloch leader has been in exile since the killing of his grandfather, Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, by security forces …

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[14 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

KARACHI: More than a dozen families have escaped their hometown in a remote Balochistan district and moved to Karachi because of clashes between security forces and insurgents, it emerged on Monday.
About 15 families left their homes in Dasht, Kech district, over the last few days and a majority of them have settled in Orangi Town, Sabzi Mandi and Federal B Area. Four of the 15 families have moved to Hyderabad and Kotri.
Among them, Mohammad Balaach and his family of 20 moved to Faqir Colony in Orangi Town around two weeks …

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[10 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA: After decades of stagnancy in Balochistan, the provincial government intends to bring major changes in development planning, relegating politics and vested interest groups to sidelines.
The government, sources said, intends to urgently provide at least half of the proposed Rs60 billion development budget at the outset, kicking off major projects such as the Quetta Bulk Water Supply Scheme and the Mass Transit System.
In a bid to provide better civic services to the people in Quetta and all district headquarters, this time around, the government would not allow billions of rupees …

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[20 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA: Malnutrition exists in Balochistan in its worst form and special attention is needed to overcome the problem, speakers said at a ceremony held here on Tuesday.
Provincial Minister for Planning and Development Dr Hamid Khan Achakzai said at the launching of the ‘Scaling up Nutrition’ movement organised by his department that the malnutrition ratio in Balochistan was alarming.
“The findings of a National Nutrition Survey suggest that core mother and child nutrition indicators improved by only a small degree during the previous decade.”
He urged all stakeholders to play their role in …

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[20 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA/KHUZDAR: More than 12 leaders of banned militant organisations and their 138 supporters surrendered to authorities in Khuzdar and Kohlu districts of Balochistan on Monday. They announced abandoning armed struggle and joining mainstream politics.
The militants belonging to the banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Lashkar-i-Balochistan laid down their weapons at ceremonies in Khuzdar and Kohlu attended by Kalat Division Commissioner Dr Moham-mad Akbar Harifal, Awaran Deputy Commis-sioner Masood Rind, Washuk Deputy Commissioner Salahuddin Nurzai, Khuzdar Deputy Commissioner Sarmad Saleem and a large number of tribal elders.
“We …

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[11 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

It is heartening to see a positive report regarding the advancement of women emanating from Balochistan. Particularly so when the report concerns a woman rising up the bureaucracy — in itself something of a rarity. Balochistan as is remarked so often is the largest, least developed and most poorly resourced of all the provinces, despite being the richest in terms of natural resources. It is home to a bloody and pernicious insurgency and the minorities, particularly ethnic Hazaras, are routinely persecuted, murdered and discriminated against. Officers of the civil administration …

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[18 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA: After the Balochistan home department announced on Thursday head money for 99 members of banned militant organisations, Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri vowed ‘not to pardon’ people involved in terrorist activities.
The home department issued a list of 99 militants carrying head money ranging between Rs500,000 and Rs15 million. The militants belong to the Baloch Liberation Army, Baloch Republican Army, Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), Baloch Republican Guards and Lashkar-e-Balochistan.
But the names of Nawabzada Brahamdagh Bugti, Nawabzada Hairbyar Marri, Nawabzada Mehran Marri and Mir Javed Mengal, who are accused of instigating …