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NADRA increases registration in Balochistan

'Pakistan Times' Balochistan Bureau

QUETTA: NADRA has increased its registration in Balochistan by 35 percent during the last two years to enable the Baloch youth to benefit from various facilities and schemes like BISP. These views were expressed by Deputy Chairman NADRA, Tariq Malik, during his visit to NADRA regional headquarter Quetta, said a press release issued here on Saturday.

General Manager NADRA Baluchistan Muhammad Khalid Alizai and other high-ups of NADRA were also present on the occasion. “Balochistan is on our priority list and these steps are being taken on the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari. I believe that Balochi nationals will play a key role in development of the country. NADRA is making all out efforts to get the adult population in Baluchistan registered in a minimum possible time to facilitate them in getting education, health, employment and other facilities,” said the Deputy Chairman NADRA.

“NADRA has so far registered 66 percent of the total eli…

Analysis: Midas’s gold —Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\01\story_1-3-2010_pg3_4

The powerless provincial government in Balochistan, if it has a modicum of decency, should quit immediately to absolve itself of the responsibility of exploitation and destruction of Balochistan’s resources and environment

Nawab Aslam Raisani,

Chief Minister (CM) Balochistan, announced last year that the provincial cabinet had unanimously decided to cancel an agreement with Tethyan Copper and Gold Company (TCC) for exploration of copper and gold in the Reko Diq area of Chagai district and not to lease out the land to the company for further work. He said, “Cancellation of the Reko Diq copper and gold project agreement is a step towards getting control over provincial resources in accordance with the wishes of the people.” He added agreements undermining the rights of indigenous people would be cancelled. Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp and Chilean Antofagasta’s have a major share in TCC.

It turned out that he h…