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Recovery of missing JI leader demanded

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=236417

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
By Our Correspondent

LAHORE

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

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\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

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\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