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BALOCHISTAN CONFERENCE: Muneer Mengal with his family.

VIEW: Pakistan’s new Afghanistan outlook

VIEW: Pakistan’s new Afghanistan outlook —Syed Talat Hussain

Because Pakistan was not in control of its border, dealing with militarily strong Taliban commanders was not possible. These black holes of the past have increasingly disappeared ever since Pakistan’s forces have advanced to the country’s northwestern borders, hoisting the national flag that previously flew only in name

The upcoming visit to the US by Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani — only partly related to the strategic dialogue process that the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is heading — will afford him the opportunity to most comprehensively detail Pakistan’s security interests before the entire spectrum of the US leadership. The army chief will have one-of-a-kind bilateral engagement that would cover not just operation plans in Afghanistan but also the peace regime in South Asia.

Specifically on Afghanistan, it should not surprise anyone if General Kayani and his military assistants…

Iran, Pak sign $7.5b gas pipeline deal

18 Mar 2010, 0553 hrs IST, ET Bureau

NEW DELHI: With India staying out of the ‘peace pipeline’, Pakistan and Iran have gone ahead and signed the $7.5-billion pipeline deal. The

Inter-State Gas Systems, a semi-autonomous Pakistani company, signed the pipeline deal with the National Iranian Oil Company. According to reports, the two sides signed the agreement and an operational accord in Istanbul.

However, the option of India joining the pipeline at some stage was kept open by Pakistan and Iran. Pakistan’s petroleum and natural resources minister Syed Naveed Qamar was quoted as saying that though India is not a part of the deal at present, the agreement keeps the option of transporting gas for India through Pakistani territory if the pipeline eventually does extend to India. Pakistan has retained the right to charge transit fee for gas transported to India.

The Indian decision to stay away from the project at present is based on security concerns and also on the price of the gas that wou…

SC to hear petition on Baloch missing persons today\03\18\story_18-3-2010_pg7_28

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court will hear a petition today (March 18) regarding kidnapped and missing persons from Balochistan, organisers
of the ‘Baloch Voices for Missing Persons’ camp told reporters on Wednesday.

The comments came at the National Press Club where Baloch political activists had set up a protest camp to demand the immediate recovery of the kidnapped Baloch students and political activists. Beside political activists, students and intellectuals of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Baloch leader Talal Bugti and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan also visited the protest camp to express solidarity. staff report

Third IO appointed in Rehman Baloch encounter case

Thursday, March 18, 2010
By By our correspondent
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Establishment Shahid Hayat was appointed on Wednesday by the Sindh High Court (SHC) as the investigation officer (IO) in the Rehman Baloch encounter case.

DIG Hayat is the third IO to take up the case. He was appointed after a petition was filed by Baloch’s widow, Farzana, challenging the appointment of the previous IO. The SHC disposed of the application after appointing DIG Hayat as the IO in the case.

The SHC had earlier modified its previous order on a State application regarding the appointment of DIG Bashir Memon as the IO in the Rehman Baloch encounter case, and had transferred the investigation of the case to SSP East Niaz Khosa. The petitioner, Farzana, had submitted, however, that SSP Khosa could not be the IO for the case because he was part of the police inquiry committee that had earlier denied her claim regarding the alleged murder of Rehman Baloch in a fake police encounter.

Farzana’s counsel, K…

Continuous abduction of Baloch citizens by agencies a dangerous precedence: Abdul Qadir Baloch

ISLAMABAD: The Baloch PML-N, MNA, Lt. Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch has warned that continuous abduction of Baloch citizens by agencies was a dangerous precedence, which could have far reaching consequences.

On point-of-order in N.A on Wednesday, he said that if the government deemed it necessary to arrest any citizen, it might as well observe regular legal norms.

The federal Railways minister complained about 61000 acres of Railway estate embezzled by mafias, while the governments departments also had their share of booty in form of 1, 170 acres of embezzled Railway estate.

Replying to a question of Sheikh Rohail Asghar, he said that in Peshawar region, the Railways possessed 1, 382 acres of estate.

Replying to another question of Nisar Tanveer, he said that more than Rs. 2 billion have been allocated for maintenance of Railways, while repairs of Lnadhi-Khanpur Railway line was underway.

The State minister for Finance, Hina Rabbani Khar has tabled the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) amendmen…

Talal Bugti faces hostile tribesmen at protest camp


Thursday, March 18, 2010
Saadia Khalid

Talal Bugti, the leader of Bugti tribe, during his visit to the camp of Baloch missing persons here on Wednesday came under severe criticism from a displaced family members, who accused him of occupying their house illegally.

In order to show solidarity with the Baloch missing persons, Talal Bugti and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan visited the relatives of the missing persons, who have set up a protest camp outside the National Press Club (NPC), but the situation turned against Talal Bugti when participants of another camp accused him of depriving them of their house.

Munir Khan, along with his family, has set up a camp in front of the NPC urging Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take action against Talal Bugti for allegedly occupying their house, which was situated in front of Bugti House. The protesters raised slogans against Bugti, claiming that the law of the jungle was prevailing in Balochistan du…

Warna shaheed Majeed Langov II

17.03.2010Shaheedi motaro mallaCharigo ghoravo gallaNa kanan her o amanaKana man janga samana
Today our beloved son junior Majeed Langov fulfilled his duty for great motherland by scarifying his young blood for liberation. In Shaal after taking many of enemy lives he took his last breath in battle field. The Baloch soil kissed his beautiful hair and embraced his young brave body. He was taken to BMC, enemy surrounded his body and refused to give back to his family for funeral, Baloch people in leadership of the respected mother of Mir Abdul Wadood Raisani gathered at the hospital and took his body in their own custody for his journey to rest in peace in motherlands kind leap. He will wait and watch how we rest fulfill our duties.

Balochistan to begin trade production of Zinc, Lead
Updated at: 0930 PST, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BELA: The production of Zinc and Lead (Graphite) minerals for trading purpose will soon begin from Dilband area in Balochistna province, Geo news reported Wednesday.

According to sources of Ministry for Minerals, the mining of the aforesaid minerals is underway on trial basis and it is hoped that the production of the minerals will be kicked off within a few months to come.

It is estimated that 1 million tonnes of Zinc and 32,000 tonnes of Lead will be dug out on annual basis.

A Chinese company is carrying out MCC on mining in Dilband, also known for having done mining in many areas previously including on Chaghi site.

Iran-Pakistan pipeline inches nearer reality
By Syed Fazl-e-Haider

KARACHI - Islamabad and Tehran have signed an operational agreement on the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, a month after the signing was delayed because Pakistan was unable to arrange funds for the project.

The countries signed a "heads of agreement" and certain "condition precedents" to make the gas sales purchase agreement (GSPA) signed last June effective. The signing of these agreements was required for the flow of Iranian gas towards Pakistan to begin in three to four years.

The pipeline as initially mooted was to carry gas from Iran to Pakistan and on to India. India withdrew from negotiations last

year over disagreements on price and transit fees, but it is still open for the country to joint the agreement.

The United States, Pakistan's largest aid donor, is reluctant to help Islamabad proceed with the multi-billion dollar pipeline because of the participation of Iran, per…

India is involved in Balochistan: Malik

Upadated on: 17 Mar 10 08:11 PM

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: India is involved in worsening law and order situation in Balochistan, Federal Interior Minister said while briefing media after the cabinet meeting with Federal Information Minister Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira on Wednesday.

He said that we have proofs of Indian involvement in Balochistan.

He said that the security situation of the country was discussed in the cabinet meeting and it was decided that all the possible steps would be taken to ensure the security of the public in the country.

He said the Pakistan is in a state of war and the country is facing guerrilla warfare.

He said that the security forces have broken the backbone of the terrorists. The writ of the government would be established in any condition in the country.

He said that we have finished those elements who prepared suicide bombers.

He said that the provinces have been ordered today to take severe ac…