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FATA-Balochistan scholarships programme : Red-tapism puts future in doldrums

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\05\story_5-4-2010_pg7_1

* Education ministry advertises posts that are already filled
* Officials vying to take over project they deem lucrative

By Irfan Ghauri

ISLAMABAD: Wrangling within the bureaucracy has put the future of the Rs 481.38 million-education project for students of Balochistan and FATA in jeopardy.

Sources in the Ministry of Education told Daily Times that the government started the nine-year project – “Provision of Quality Education to Students of Balochistan and FATA” – in 2007 after the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved it on April 17, 2007.

The project was aimed at awarding 330 scholarships each year to students from FATA and Balochistan.

The ministry set up a separate unit called the Federal Project Management Unit to supervise the project, under which they would select 330 students from the two regions each year to place them in cadet colleges and schools across the country.

Each student selected fo…

Gunmen kill top gas company official in Pakistan

(AFP) – 4 hours agoQUETTA, Pakistan — Gunmen on Monday shot dead a top gas company official in southwest Pakistan, where targeted killings blamed on insurgents, sectarian groups and Taliban militants have spiked, police said.The assailants riding on a motorbike sprayed bullets at Mohammad Khalid, who was deputy general manager of Sui Southern Gas Company, soon after he left home for his office in Quetta, senior police officer Tariq Manzoor said."Bullets pierced his head and Khalid died on the spot while his driver was wounded and rushed to hospital," Mazoor told AFP.It was a "targeted killing" from close range, he said.Family members of Khalid and company workers protested against the killing in Quetta, capital of southwestern province Baluchistan, witnesses said.Violence has recently surged in Baluchistan which borders both Afghanistan and Iran. About two dozen people died in targeted killings in March.Baluchistan is rife with Islamist militancy, sectarian violenc…

Pak resolves to continue Iran gasline project

Published: April 05, 2010
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/05-Apr-2010/Pak-resolves-to-continue-Iran-gasline-project

TEHRAN (Agencies) – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has underlined Pakistan’s firm determination to continue the project for importing gas supplies from Iran irrespective of the US pressures.
“Despite the US conditions for Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, we will continue this great project,” Qureshi said in an exclusive interview with Fars News Agency (FNA) on Sunday.
Pointing to the ineffectiveness of the ongoing pressures by Washington to hinder the project, the Minister stated, “Pakistan is currently facing an energy crisis and Iran-Pakistani gas project, thus, serves Pakistan’s interests.”
Earlier, India rejected a call from the US to walk away from the pipeline project carrying natural gas from Iran through Pakistan, saying “energy security” is a priority for its rapidly growing economy.
The Indian External Affairs Ministr…

Nawaz wants several new Dubais in Balochistan

http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=28106
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Says Pakistan suffered during dictatorships

By our correspondent

LAHORE: PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif has said he supports provincial autonomy and wanted Centre to transfer more resources and authority to the provinces. He was talking to a PML-N delegation, led by Sardar Sanaullah Zehri, belonging to Naseerabad and Jaffarabad districts of Balochistan, at his Raiwind residence on Wednesday.

Nawaz said he is firm on his stance regarding the constitutional reforms, adding time will tell whether his decision was right or wrong. He was hopeful of a positive outcome from the constitutional reforms committee. He said talks on the constitutional amendments would be successful, adding all matters should be resolved through dialogue. He said that it was the responsibility of 170 million people of Pakistan to run the country’s affairs.

“We will have to bring revolutionary changes to make the country prosper,” he said. He said…

Balochistan allowed to use Iranian gas

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has accorded special permission to Balochistan to use the gas which is to be imported from Iran under the pipeline project for domestic purpose.Such permission has not been given to any other province. This was disclosed by the additional secretary of petroleum ministry in the meeting of parliamentary committee for petroleum.It had earlier been decided at a high level meeting that the imported gas would be used for industrial purpose only and domestic consumers would not be allowed to avail this facility.However, under the directives of the chief minister of Balochistan a major chunk of this imported gas would be provided to the cities of the province.The price of the gas for domestic consumers would be determined later.Ministry of petroleum sources said that Pakistan, Iran gas pipeline project would cost $3- 4 billion and the project would be completed within four years.Members of the committee also raised the issue of inflated bills saying an FIR sh…