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Pakistan gas pipeline is Iran's lifeline

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TEHRAN, March 19 (UPI) -- As Iran braces for another broadside of economic sanctions over its nuclear program, Tehran moves closer to opening up a new lifeline -- a natural gas pipeline to Pakistan and possibly India and China as well.

If everything goes as planned, this much-delayed, controversial project could wreck U.S. efforts to check Iran's expansionist ambitions.

U.S. energy analyst Gal Luft said the pipeline could also "have profound implications for the geopolitics of energy in the 21st century and for the future of South Asia."

Iran and Pakistan signed an agreement for the construction of the 560-mile, $7.5 billion pipeline from the huge offshore South Pars gas field in the Gulf through Pakistan's unruly Balochistan province to Sindh province.

The project is crucial for Pakistan's growing energy requirements. Iran will supply 750 million-1 bill…

Editorial: Judicial commission on missing persons

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\20\story_20-3-2010_pg3_1

In the latest hearing on the missing persons case by a Supreme Court (SC) bench, the Attorney General of Pakistan informed the court that the government had decided to set up a judicial commission to investigate the matter. This issue has haunted the government ever since the SC took up the plea of relatives of such persons, who accuse the intelligence agencies of being responsible for their loved ones’ detention. Some of the missing later emerged as far as Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. In principle, even one missing person is unacceptable. The law clearly states that people detained by law enforcement agencies must be brought before a court and charged. They cannot be spirited away to be done to as the security agencies please, which is a threat to such persons’ safety and life.

The case of missing persons has seen many twists and turns since its admittance by the SC. Despite several high profile hearings a…

India intensifying proxy war in Afghanistan

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/20-Mar-2010/India-intensifying-proxy-war-in-Afghanistan

By: Ashraf Javed | Published: March 20, 2010

LAHORE – In the wake of recent spate of violent attacks and unrest fanned by foreign-sponsored elements across the country particularly in Balochistan and FATA, the security sources have warned that Pakistan must remain prepared to brace for waves of terrorism likely to buffet the hinterland in the days to follow, as India plans to intensify ‘proxy war’ in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Well-placed sources disclosed to this reporter on Friday that New Delhi is intensifying ‘proxy war’ in Afghanistan to destabilise its nuclear-armed neighbour.
‘The top officer of the Indian Military Intelligence accompanied by several leading intelligence operatives visited Kabul in the recent past. The delegation also went to Charikar in Parwan province of Afghanistan, where a large number of Baloch dissidents are receiving trainin…

Cadet among three killed in Mastung

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/04-mastung-killing-qs-06

By Saleem Shahid
Friday, 19 Mar, 2010

QUETTA: Three people, a student of Cadet College Mastung among them, were killed in an attack on a vehicle of the college on Friday.Police said the canteen contractor of the college, Mohammad Munir, was going to Quetta with three other people, including the cadet. When the vehicle reached the Quetta-Karachi highway men on a motorbike opened fire on it, killing two people on the spot and injuring two others.

Police and Frontier Corps personnel took the bodies and the injured to Mastung civil hospital. Later, the injured were shifted to Bolan Medical College Hospital in Quetta.

The cadet, identified as Abu Hamza, died at the BMCH. The two other deceased were identified as Mohammad Munir and Ahmed Ali.

Senior lawyer abducted in Quetta

By: Bari Baloch | Published: March 20, 2010

QUETTA - A senior lawyer of Balochistan Iftikhar-ul-Haq Advocate was abducted at gunpoint by unknown kidnappers from the centre of provincial capital on broad daylight here on Friday.

Iftikhar was taking his children to school in his car when some unidentified armed men intervened his vehicle at Dr Bano Road and held him on gun point. The kidnappers later dragged the lawyer out of his car and put him into their vehicle and drove away towards unspecified location. On getting information, area police reached the site but the kidnappers had already escaped. In the meanwhile, the news of abduction of senior lawyers spread in the city like jungle fire and the lawyers took to the streets to protest over the abduction of senior lawyer.

Later a protest rally led by former president Supreme Court Bar Association Ali Ahmed Kurd was taken out from the premises of Districts Court which marched towards Chief Minister Secretariat where they staged a sit-in …

Hindu-Sikh Minorities in Pakistan: The Vanishing Communities

http://frontierindia.net/wa/hindu-sikh-minorities-in-pakistan-the-vanishing-communities/632/By Maloy Krishna Dhar | March 19th, 2010I was inspired to write this essay by a Pakistani journalist friend. Later, during a lecture tour in South East Asian countries, where Indian and Chinese origin minorities are also discriminated I noticed that the minorities are palpably anguished. The latest incidents of organized attacks by Bengali Muslims on hill dwelling Chakma tribals in Khagrachari areas firmed up my decision to chronicle a preliminary account of the conditions of the non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan. I had earlier written a piece on the plight of the Pakistani Christians. I have not touched upon the plight of the Shia and Ahmadiya (non-Muslim) communities in Pakistan, which require international attention. Not a single Indian Muslim religious seminary has so far condemned Pakistan for inhuman treatment of the Shia and Ahmadiya communities.I am indebted to a member of the Pakistan …

Local government (LG) system was dissolved in Balochistan

QUETTA: The Balochistan government has dissolved with immediate effect all local government bodies and appointed district coordination officers as administrators.http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/14-local-bodies-dissolved-in-balochistan-030-zj-08According to an official notification issued here on Friday, DCOs will replace district and city nazims while tehsil officers would take over as administrators in tehsil and union councils.The Balochistan government was the first to suggest to the federal government to abolish the local bodies’ system introduced by former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf and restore the magistracy system.Three other provinces have already appointed commissioners in place of nazims. The Balochistan government had passed the local bodies’ amendment bill in January, but because of differences with the coalition partner JUI-F over appointment of administrators, LB institutions could not dissolved.The JUI-F wa…