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Recovery of missing JI leader demanded

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
By Our Correspondent


JAMAAT-E-ISLAMI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has demanded of the government to immediately recover missing JI Gawadar leader Saeed Ahmed Baloch, who was believed to be kidnapped by agencies on April 21 for raising voice against the illegal allotment of Gawadar lands and for rights of local people.

Addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Tuesday, Baloch also urged upon the Supreme Court to take a suo motu notice of the abduction of the JI leader from Gawadar.

He announced that JI would give a call for wheel jam strike on May 1 against the abduction of Saeed Ahmed Baloch.

Baloch said locals and family members of the missing JI leader apprehended that Saeed Ahmed Baloch was abducted by government agencies.

He said there was strong resentment and a revolt- like situation in Balochistan due to the attitude of the government, the armed forces, agencies, Frontier Constabula…

Balochistan to collect highway toll

Web posted at: 4/27/2010 4:22:27
Source ::: AGENCIES
QUETTA: Pakistan’s National Highway Authority (NHA) has decided to introduce a road toll collection regime in Balochistan province and to make all its toll collection centres in the province operational.

Official sources said yesterday that for this purpose, bids have been invited for 102 toll collection centres which will be auctioned in a transparent manner. The roadside tax collection centres will be run by local contractors. A decision to this effect was made at a recent meeting of the authority’s executive board.

About 37 per cent of the road network controlled by the NHA is located in Balochistan. There are 102 toll centres, but all of them are non-functional. The NHA does not get any revenue in the form of toll from the province because people there are not used to paying road taxes. Notwithstanding this, maintenance of the road network is being done on a regular basis.

NHA Chairman Altaf Ahmad told the meeting that the operation …

Targeted killings undermine legitimate Baloch cause: Imran

Published: April 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD – Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran khan has said that targeted killings of settlers in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan undermine the legitimate cause of the people of Balochistan.

Imran Khan condemned the killing of a lady Professor in Quetta on Tuesday. He said the Provincial Government has failed to provide security to the people of the province. He said it was the responsibility of all the political forces, particularly those fighting for the rights of the people of Balochistan, to categorically condemn the killing of innocent settlers who had every right to live and work in any part of Balochistan.

The PTI chief said that the ruling PPP coalition government in Balochistan was merely paying lip service to the cause of the people of the province. By championing the cause of Balochistan, they are only demanding greater resources to siphon off, he added. “How else can the Government justify that all except one member of the provincial asse…

Scholarships for Balochistan, FATA students in jeopardy\04\27\story_27-4-2010_pg7_1

* Hundreds of students on govt scholarship await release of funds
* Many students quitting institutions due to non-payment of fees

By Irfan Ghauri

ISLAMABAD: The government’s claims of extending special incentives for students of FATA and Balochistan – as part of its strategy to turn the tide against extremism – seem mere rhetoric as projects initiated in this regard are in jeopardy due to mismanagement and bureaucratic hurdles.

The “Quality Education Opportunities for Students of FATA and Balochistan Project”, under which hundreds of students are enrolled in elite schools across the country, is a case in point.

The project’s fate seems to be in the doldrums due to squabbling within the Ministry of Education.

Official record available with Daily Times shows that wrangling within the ministry and officials aspiring for benefits attached with the project have been hitting the enrolled students hard.

Under the Rs 48…

Female university professor shot dead in Quetta\04\28\story_28-4-2010_pg1_2
QUETTA: Unidentified assailants riding a bike gunned down a University of Balochistan assistant professor of media and journalism on Tuesday. Nazima Talib was shot thrice from behind near the private residence of the Balochistan governor on Saryab Road as she was travelling in a rickshaw to Radio Pakistan for participation in a programme. The governor’s security guards – who called in an ambulance – said they heard no gunshots. The body was initially taken to Civil Hospital, and later sent to the professor’s hometown of Karachi. A case has been registered against unidentified attackers and an investigation launched. Police described the attack as a target killing. mohammad zafar

Another settler gunned down

Published: April 25, 2010
QUETTA - One person was killed and 10 others wounded in two separate incidents of target killing and bomb blast in Panjgur and Sibi towns of Balochistan on Saturday.
According to police sources, unknown militants had planted an explosive device near a sweet shop in Sibi town, some 160 kilometers, Southeast of Quetta City. The sources said that device was planted at Masjid Road of Sibi town.

The device exploded with a big bang, causing injuries to 10 people including the owner of the shop Malik Shaukat. The injured were rushed to Civil Hospital Sibi for medical treatment. Name of some injured were identified as Fahad Hussain, Deep Chand, Abdul Wahab, Ghulam Ali, Abdul Nabi, Abdul Rasheed, Najeebullah and Lal Muhammad. Condition of some injured is stated to be serious.

The blast smashed the glasses of nearby shops and sent a wave of panic among the people of the area.Police and other law-enforcers reached the spot and started investigations into the incident. No…

42 suspects arrested in Quetta raids

QUETTA: Police launched a search operation in the Sariab Road area of Quetta on Sunday, rounding up 42 people for alleged involvement in target killings, bomb explosions, thefts, acts of terrorism and other offences. Police said personnel of the Balochistan Constabulary and the Anti-Terrorist Force conducted raids in Musa Colony, Satellite Town and other areas, arresting 42 suspects. They said pistols, shotguns and other weapons were recovered from the suspects possession. staff report\04\26\story_26-4-2010_pg7_10

Quetta police arrest, release 20 media men

LAHORE: Police in Quetta arrested and later released 20 people, including journalists and staff of a TV channel, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. The people were protesting in front of the Balochistan Chief Minister’s House against the manhandling of a journalist, Mustafa Tareen, at the hands of the police, the channel said. The police also seized Tareen’s car, which has not been returned so far, the channel added. The channel said three policemen were suspended for torturing Tareen and arresting the 20 people. daily times monitor
Police arrest 20 newsmen in QuettaQUETTA, (SANA): Police Sunday arrested 20 newsmen including a private TV channel staffers who were protesting in front of the Chief Minister House here against police manhandling of a newsman.Quetta bureau chief of private TV channel was subjected to violence by the policemen three days ago.The protesters from journalists’ organizations were Sunday demanding government action against the policemen involved in manhand…

Seminar discusses impact of conflict on Balochistan’s politics and economy

The Baloch Hal News

QUETTA: Speakers at a one-day seminar on Tuesday stressed the need for granting more control to the provinces on their natural resources by initiating a process of complete decentralization of powers to permanently end the outbreak of rifts between the federal government and the provinces.

Speaking at a seminar on “ Lack of peace and its impact on the socio-political situation of Balochistan” organized by Human Development Organization (HDO) at the Quetta Press Club, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, former parliamentary leader of the Pakhtunwa Milli Awami Party, said the passage of the 18th Amendment Bill had come as a bacon of hope towards provincial autonomy. The government had finally met the same demands in the amendments which had been put forward by nationalist forces several decades ago because they always believed that a strong federation would survive when all the provinces were given maximum autonomy.

“ The 18 Amendment Bill has come very late but still provides some …

Baloch Woman killed, 200+ activists detained in massive search operation in Quetta

The Baloch Hal News

QUETTA: Security forces unleashed a massive search operation in Baloch-populated localities of Quetta city throughout Tuesday, killing the mother of a
Baloch political activist and rounding up around two hundred people hailing from assorted domains of life.

The crack down has opened floodgates of criticism of Baloch nationalist parties which have called for widespread protest rallies to condemn the door-
to-door search operation at Baloch households.

According to the details, security forces arrested around three hundred Balochs in search operations in Qili Ismail, Kechi Baig,Qili Qambarani, Sariab,
and Kili Sarday, Wali Jet localities of Quetta city. Eyewitnesses said personnel of police, Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) and the Frontier Corps (FC) entered
into the houses and beat up different people before taking them into custody. The search operation, according to the officials, was intended to arrest
suspects involved in Friday’s suicide bomb blast, kidnappings, target …

100 arrested in massive crackdown

By: Bari Baloch | Published: April 21, 2010

QUETTA - Police have arrested around 100 persons in a massive crackdown in Baloch populated areas in the provincial capital here on Tuesday.

According to police sources, following rise in incidents of target killings and bomb blasts in Quetta, police backed by personnel of Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) and Balochistan Constabulary (BC) launched a massive crack down in different parts of Sariab including Killi Kamaloo, Killi Brauo and Village Aid and during operation arrested around 100 persons in connection with the incidents of target killings and bomb blasts.

‘Police has taken about 100 people into its custody and has also recovered arms during search operation’, a police officer told The Nation and ,added, that after investigation innocent people would be released soon. Some reports suggest that during search operation a woman identified as Ganj Bibi died when police stormed into her house to arrest her sons.

However, spokesman of police in a…

Three killed in Balochistan

Published: April 19, 2010
QUETTA - Three persons were shot dead in two separate incidents in Sibbi and Qilla Saifullah districts of Balochistan on Sunday.
In the first incident, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on Qadir Bakhsh and Ali Nawaz at Railway Colony in Sibbi town and escaped the scene after committing the crime. As a result, they died on the spot after receiving serious multiple wounds. Police have handed over the bodies to the heirs after completing legal formalities and started investigation into the incident.
The motive behind the killing is yet to be ascertained.
On the other hand, another person was gunned down as unknown assailants sprayed a volley of bullets on him at Koza Adda area of Qilla Saifullah.
The dead body has been shifted to a local hospital for an autopsy.
However, victim’s identity and the cause of incident could not be known immediately.

Raisani for practical approach to overcoming power crisis\04\20\story_20-4-2010_pg7_2
ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Chief Minister Aslam Raisani on Monday called upon the top management of the power sector to come up with viable solutions to get the country out of the present electricity crisis. Raisani said all companies involved in the production and distribution of energy must perform under one authority for effective management and delivery system. Calling the closing of the shops earlier than usual or cutting power supply to tube wells for agricultural purposes futile efforts, the Balochistan chief minister said no shortcuts could overcome the present energy crisis. He also urged policy makers to expedite agreements with the government of Iran for getting electricity immediately. He said he would soon lead a delegation to Iran on the invitation of the Iranian government to work out modalities for the supply of electricity through Iranian transmission system. He put forward a few options that he…

Two sisters injured in acid attack
Thursday, April 15, 2010
By Urooj Zia


Two young girls, both sisters, aged 11 and 13, were severely injured on Tuesday evening in an acid attack while they were on their way home from a shopping centre in Dalbandin City, district Chaghai, Balochistan. They were rushed to a local hospital for initial medical aid, after which they were referred to the Civil Hospital Quetta, around seven hours away by road.

The victims’ parents are extremely poor, so much so that the local community had to contribute money and gather enough funds to send the sisters to the Civil Hospital Quetta by road, where they are currently under treatment.

While the acid-throwers remained unidentified, residents of the area believe that this attack was carried out by the shadowy ‘Baloch Ghaeratmand Group’.

A few days ago, the group, whose members remain unknown even in the close-knit community of Dalbandin city, which has a population of approximately 25,000 peop…

Kyrgyzstan-like agitation feared

Friday, April 16, 2010
By By Mumtaz Alvi

ISLAMABAD: A veteran politician and former governor of Balochistan and the NWFP, Miangul Aurangzeb, takes pride in appointing Iftikhar Chaudhry as the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court, but is totally upset over what he bills the royal way of the PPP-led coalition governance.

Defying pressures, Aurangzeb had made Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry the Chief Justice of the Balochistan High Court this month 11 years back in 1999. He also recalls having requested then prime minister Nawaz Sharif not to ignore two senior generals to appoint Pervez Musharraf as the chief of the Army staff.

Miangul, at the start of an interview with The News at his two-storeyed old-styled residence, adjacent to the Afghan Embassy in G-6/3, warned of what recently happened in Kyrgyzstan, in case the ruling elite persisted with indifference to the compounding miseries of the common man.

Leader of opposition in Kyrgyzstan did what people desired in the face of corrupti…

Balochistan: Self- determination more crucial than ever.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The end to Pakistan's repression of Balochistan could be the answer to peace in the region and the 'war on terror'
Below is an article published by The

Ever since its annexation by Pakistan in 1948, Baluchistan has been subjected to a quadruple whammy of military occupation, political domination, economic exploitation and cultural hegemony. Just like Israel's settlement programme on the West Bank, Islamabad has a settler scheme to colonise Baluchistan. It is encouraging Punjabis to move to the region. The aim is to make the Baluch people a minority in their own homeland.

Punjabi supremacists have imposed an alien language, Urdu, on Baluchi-speaking people. Borrowing from the tactics of apartheid in South Africa, which forced black children to be schooled in Afrikaans, Islamabad has dictated that Urdu is the compulsory language of instruction in Baluch educational institutions. The cultural conquest also involves the radical Isla…

Punjab unaware of Baloch culture: Raisani

* PPP senator addresses two-day national conference on Balochistan

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Punjab, which has always been at the forefront of governing Pakistan, is completely unaware of the Baloch culture, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Lashkari Raisani said on Wednesday.

The senator made these remarks while addressing the concluding ceremony of a two-day national conference on “Balochistan: Rationalisation of Centre-Province Relations”, organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF). Raisani, who is also the PPP Balochistan president, said he condemned the incidents of target killing, which were happening in different areas of the country. “Colonial treatment of the establishment is a major cause of the preset unrest in Balochistan. Its genuine leadership was eliminated so corrupt people, smugglers and drug mafia came forward to fill the vacuum. Consequently, Balochistan is being ruined by those who have no sympath…

National Conference on ways to end woes of Balochistan started

By Saad Saud

ISLAMABAD—The national conference on the problems of Balochistan organized by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) was inaugurated by Mir Baz Khan Khetran, member PPPP CEC and senior vice President.
After words of welcome by Dr Maqsudul Hassan Nuri, Acting President IPRI, Dr Martin Axmann, Resident Representative HSF, in his opening remarks welcomed the wind of change that was visible in the shape of the NFC Award, Aghaz-e-Balochistan Package and the ongoing discussion centering on Balochistan and the 18th Constitutional Amendment. He said that though elements in Balochistan were suspicious about the implementation of these important steps it can easily be seen that things were changing for the better.

Mr Baz Khan Khetran in his presidential address blamed the centre for maltreatment of the Province since independence. Conspiracies were made against the province from the centre he maintained.

The alleged London Plan and the military…

Tragedy in Balochistan mines

More than 60,000 workers are employed in coalmines in Balochistan.
Quetta: Six miners have been killed in two separate incidents in Marwar and Muslim Bagh areas of Balochistan.

According to official sources, a coal mine collapsed in Marwar after a huge methane-related blast; a type of gas frequently found in coal mines. Four miners have been killed in the incident while one pulled out in critical condition.

In another incident, two brothers were killed when a chromate mine collapsed in the Muslim Bagh area.

Balochistan miners working to extract valuable minerals from deep inside the earth toil in unimaginable conditions, which sometimes costs them their lives Express has uncovered.

Additionally, these mine workers are not given any training prior to being sent into the mines. As a result the number of accidents in these mines has been on the rise.

Violence against women is against the Baluch tradition,

Two sisters, aged 11 and 13, were acid-thrown at their faces on Tuesday while they were on their way home from a shopping centre in Dalbandin City, district Chaghai Baluchistan. The girls were said to be injured, they were admitted to hospital 100s miles away and said to be in the grim condition.

Women in Dalbandin have enjoyed a relatively free movement and freedom to work and have contributed into a family economy in the traditional work places. Before the arrival of fanatic Islam in Baluchistan the Baluch Women could travel at daylight without male Relatives Companion in this region, which is still taboo in neighboring Islamic society.

Acid thrower ,” The pamphlet, which is in Urdu, declared that development did not mean that the local population went against the “Baloch culture of Chaddor and Char-Deewari” for women. It also clearly warned women and girls against stepping out of their houses with their faces uncovered, or even going to a doctor unaccompanied by a man. “Acid will be …

AN EYE ON POLITICS: Does everyone want a new province?\04\11\story_11-4-2010_pg7_13

By Shafiq Awan

Parliament has approved the 18th Amendment, but it has inadvertently opened a Pandora’s box of issues; one of which is the creation of new provinces in the country. After a new debate over the issue was initiated, major political forces all clamoured in favour of new provinces, each toting their own agenda.

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, in a recent interview, admitted that there would be no harm in creating new provinces on an administrative basis instead of a linguistic one.

The MQM has already voiced support for the creation of new provinces because it suits the party – the creation of a new province consisting of the urban areas of Sindh has always been an MQM dream.

In fact, the MQM would stand to benefit the most from the creation of new provinces.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani himself supports the creation of a Seraiki province and MPs from the Seraiki belt have tried their best to place …

ANALYSIS: Amending the constitution —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi\04\11\story_11-4-2010_pg3_2

The most innovative change relates to the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts, neutralising the chief justice’s acquired power to make binding recommendations for appointment. This power was acquired by the chief justice through different judgements starting with the 1996 judgement in the judges’ case

There is a need to celebrate the current consensus among the political parties represented in parliament on the text of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. The Parliamentary Committee for Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) took over nine months to evolve a consensus document, although different parties have added separate comments to outline their individual party positions.

This consensus is a rare development because the political parties and leaders are known more for polemical exchanges and conflict-prone interaction. The only occasion in the past when the political leaders demonstrated extra…

PML-N gaining strength in Balochistan: Mir Zahoor Hussain Khosa Joins

By: Bari Baloch | Published: April 11, 2010

QUETTA–Pakistan Muslim League (N) is gaining strength in Balochistan as another MPA of Balochistan Assembly and many tribal elders from Naseerabad joined the party few days back. Mir Zahoor Hussain Khosa ,MPA, had also remained the former Speaker of Balochistan Assembly.

He joined the party under the leadership of Chief of Jhalawan Sardar Sanaullah Zehri after meeting with Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Lahore few days back.Zahoor Hussain Khosa had contested elections independently in 2008 general elections. He was a stalwart of Jamhoori Watan Party till the death of its founder late Nawab Muhammad Akbar Khan Bugti. But after assassination of Nawab Bugti, Zahoor Khosa had parted his ways with the party and joined PML (Q).

He did not contest elections on the ticket of PML(Q) rather preferred to fight elections as an independent candidate as he thought there would be no future of Q-League after ouster of its mentor Pervez Musharraf from power.He …

ISI still maintains "active" links with Taliban: Post

Washington, April 11, 2010

Pakistan's powerful ISI, which is eyeing Afghanistan in the event of the US exit from there, still maintains "active" links with Taliban as it quietly freed at least two high-ranking militants of the outfit it had captured on its own, a media report said today.

Acknowledging that they have a very limited understanding of the ISI directorate, CIA veterans, who have worked closely with the Pakistani spy agency, describe it as "sprawling", The Washington Post reported.

It is "so compartmentalised" that units working along side the CIA might have little knowledge of the activities of the agency's "S" directorate, which maintains ties to insurgent groups, the paper said.

CIA officials think that the ISI's connection to the Taliban is active, but "it's not clear how high that goes or who knows about it," it quoted a US counter-terrorism official as saying.

The recent capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Bar…

Protests continue as government fails to reduce load shedding

Daily Times Monitor

LAHORE: Citizens across the country protested against the prolonged load shedding as the government failed to reduce the duration of the power outages in the country, a private TV channel reported on Sunday.

Citizens, enraged over the 14-to-17 hour marathon power cuts took to the streets in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, Khangarh, Dera Ghazi (DG) Khan, Multan, Hyderabad and other cities.

In Gujranwala, where people are experiencing 14 to 16 hours of power shutdowns in urban areas and 18 to 20 hours in rural areas, hundreds gathered at the Aiwan Roundabout and staged a protest demonstration. The protesters blocked the main highway connecting Lahore to Islamabad by setting tyres on fire.

According to the channel, due to continued load shedding, more than 200 small industrial units have also been closed in Gujranwala, leaving thousands jobless.

Traders in Multan took out a rally against the ongoing power outages and inflation outside the Timber…

18th Amendment: celebrations and the aftermath

Monday, April 12, 2010
By By Tahir Hasan Khan

ÒJamhooriat, Hakmiyat and MasawatÓ (Democracy, Power and Equality), the three slogans in the new logo of the National Assembly, is a clear message from the elected representatives of the 170 million people that there is no room for an undemocratic approach.

Speaker National Assembly, Dr Fehmeeda Mirza designed and selected the new logo and slogans. I am thankful to her for sharing her idea with me in her chamber in the backdrop of the important debate in the National Assembly on the 18th constitutional amendment.

A former law minister, Iqbal Haider, who served in the late Benazir Bhutto government, was also present on this occasion and suggested a change in the slogan. He advised that “Hakmiyat” be replaced with “Salamty” (security). Mirza solicited my opinion on this, but I disagreed with Haider because the purpose of democracy is to serve the people who voted for it, and without power no democracy can achieve its purpose. On the oth…

Renaming to revitalise drive for separate provinces

By: Abrar Saeed | Published: April 12, 2010

ISLAMABAD – The controversy over the renaming of NWFP as Khyber Pakhtunk-hwa led to the demand of independent province by the people of Hazara Division, which was becoming source of inspiration for the people striving for separate provinces within the Federation.

Even the leaders like Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif saw justification in the demand of Hazara province and said in a press conference on the other day that in the given circumstances the demand of separate province by the Hazara people was not out of the place.

On the other hand the current move for a separate province by people of Hazara will give strength to the demand of people living in other parts of the country, who have been struggling to have their own provinces within the Federation for quite sometime.
The people living in Southern Punjab have been demanding a separate province since long and now the demand of the Hazara people will definitely give stren…

Efforts on to make Balochistan prosperous

Published: April 12, 2010

QUETTA - Balochistan Finance Minister and Parliamentary leader of PML-Q in Baloc-histan Assembly Mir Asim Kurd Gailoo has said that the provincial government under the leadership of Nawab Aslam Raisani was making all out efforts to bring prosperity to the province.

He expressed these views while addressing the inauguration ceremony of newspapers market in Quetta on Sunday. Gailoo lauded the role of newspaper hawkers in dissemination of information, saying they were the backbone of newspaper industry who perform their duties without caring for harsh weather and ensure supply of newspapers to readers early in the morning.

He said that newspaper hawkers had faced difficulties and struggled for the construction of newspaper market and ultimately their efforts yielded fruits.
He said that the Chief Minister himself wanted to attend the ceremony and inaugurate newspaper market but he could not come due to some engagements and added that provision of funds by Chief Min…

In this day and ages legitimacy come from the will of the people.

Friday, April 9, 2010
Claims for independence is only accepted when independence seeker do have genuine support as reflected for high levels of support for politicians or political party. Nation do not enter the world with a fully formed nationalist consciousness; nationalists are constructed by political activist who seek to persuade enough of their members that it make sense to mobilise politically as a national minority for national goals.

Whether nationalist claim independence should be determined by the wishes of the majority of its members, as shaped and expressed through free democratic debate and competition to find best. When a nation is concentrated in a territory the nation can be mobilised along a nationalist line to acquire an independent state.

There are sizeable Baluch that have been dwelling in their traditional homeland. This group of human being have their own language, culture, and moral code different from rest of Iranian.

Baluch in Iran have no representation in Irani…

18th Amend a 'fraud': Mengal

Published: April 11, 2010

QUETTA – President Balochistan National Party (Mengal), Sardar Akhtar Mengal while terming 18th Amendment a ‘fraud’ has said that provincial autonomy and abolishment of concurrent list have no meaning for them.
He said that 1973 Constitution could not save its founder from a General then how it can protect the rights of Balochs.
He was addressing a public meeting at Chakar Khan Road on telephone from Germany on Saturday.
He said that struggle of Baloch was not for provincial autonomy rather it was for right of self-determination and nothing short of it will be acceptable to them.
He said that ‘Balochs were befooled in the name of Islam, one unit, democracy, referendum and Constitutional packages but they could not be deceived by 18th Amendment now’.
‘Alms will not be acceptable for Balochs from Islamabad’, he said,adding, that Baloch wanted their …

Musharraf plotted Benazir's assassination: Talal Bugti

2010-04-09 12:00:00
Top Baloch leader and Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) chief Nawab Talal Bugti has blamed former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf for Benazir Bhutto's assassination, saying the autocratic ruler wanted to divide the country and rule for years to come.

Addressing the Islamabad Bar Association, Bugti also held Musharraf responsible for his father, Nawab Akbar Bugti's death.

"Benazir was called back home on the pretext of the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) so that she could be assassinated," Bugti said.

"The main agenda of Musharraf was to break up the country and, therefore, he assassinated late Benazir and Akbar Bugti," he added.

Criticizing the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government for following Musharraf's policies, Bugti stressed that 'provincial autonomy' was the need the need of the hour, and that it would ultimately strengthen the 'federation'.

He also blasted the government for initiating a militar…

Balochistan govt fails to deliver: Magsi

Published: April 08, 2010
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QUETTA – Expressing his concern over deteriorating law and order situation in the province, Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi declared on Wednesday that unless the feudal lords and incompetent people, including himself sitting in the assemblies, were not sent to the gallows, no change in the system or improvement of situation was possible.
Magsi, known for being straightforward, was talking to the representatives of protesting lawyers over failure of police and other security agencies to recover their fellow Mohammad Iftikhar Advocate, who was kidnapped last month on gunpoint when he was on his way from home to drop his children at school.
The lawyers, who have been protesting since his abduction, staged a demonstration in front of Governor’s House and later met Magsi at his office…

Take Permission from Sindh before supplying gas to power stations in Punjab, says MQM

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for overseas Pakistanis and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Parliamentary Leader in the National Assembly DR. Farooq Sattar said that permission should be taken from Sindh before supplying gas to power stations in Punjab.

Initiating debate on 18th amendment Bill 2010 here in the National Assembly on Wednesday, he said, 90 million cubic feet gas is being supplied to three power stations in Punjab from Sindh due to which industrialists in Karachi would be shut down soon.

Farooq Sattar demanded of the Government that sales tax should be handed over to Provinces because true Provincial autonomy is incomplete unless all the Provinces are given fiscal and financial Powers to run their business.

He said, Sindh is the highest Sales Tax payer Province whereas Punjab gets the major share of the tax on the basis of population. Real autonomy is financial autonomy.

He demanded to give powers to people for writing their own fate and only then the caliber and potential of all …

23 ministries, departments to come under the control of provinces with the approval of 18th amendment

ISLAMABAD: Twenty-three ministries and departments will be shifted to provinces with the approval of 18th amendment from the parliament, however, its implementation will be made in phases.

According to Cabinet Division (CB) sources 8 ministries and departments will go to provinces on the complete abolition of concurrent list and due to change in federal legislation list No 1 and No 2, as many as 15 more ministries will come under the control of the provinces.

As per statistics obtained by Online, over 50000 employees would also be transferred to the provinces following the abolition of concurrent list. Among them over 30000 employees belong to Punjab, 10000 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 7000 to 8000 Sindh and 2000 to 3000 Balochistan, AJK and Gilgit and Baltistan.

Official sources told development projects worth Rs 200 billion would also be shifted to the provinces in consequence of shifting of control of 23 departments to the provinces. Employees will be transferred to their respective provinces …

Are you current with the concurrent list!

By Cyril Almeida
Thursday, 08 Apr, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Bye-bye concurrent list, we never even got to know each other.

With the concurrent legislative list set to be abolished by the 18th Amendment, provincial autonomy will be enhanced — at least that’s the claim of the parties championing maximum autonomy for the provinces.

But will it? Let’s start with the basics.

What’s a federation? For our purposes, it is enough to describe it as a multi-tier system of government: there is a centre, Islamabad, and there are constituent units, the provinces. The opposite is the unitary state, where, as the name suggests, there is only one tier of government.

The immediate question when you have two tiers of government: who does what? The smallest federal government is, theoretically, limited to defence, currency and foreign affairs; the largest could be, well, everything, le…