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Surge in militant attacks as CPEC becomes operational Significant decline recorded in militant attacks across country National 14 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORT While Pakistan witnessed another year of decline in militant attacks, Balochistan saw a surge in militancy as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was operationalised in 2016. This was stated by a report issued by a local think-tank. The report for year 2016 issued by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) says that Balochistan remained the most troublesome province in 2016 from where a majority of the militant attacks, maximum deaths, and injuries were reported. According to statistics issued by the think-tank, Pakistan saw a 30 percent decline in militant attacks and 28 percent decline in deaths. However, there was a 24 percent increase in the number of the injured as compared to 2015. Average militant attacks per month have further drop

BALOCHISTAN Shining Shining Balochistan December 28, 2016 Balochistan has been reduced to two words, “militancy” and “Gwadar”, and its people keep becoming invisible. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa made an important speech at the passing out parade of new Frontier Corps recruits in Quetta. He expressed solidarity with the Baloch people and also said that the military was committed to completing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which would usher in a new era of development in the province. He appreciated the grit of the honourable people now joining law enforcement agencies of Balochistan; who have shunned anti-state elements at work and embraced the true spirit of patriotism. This is all true, but there is so much that is often not said in official speeches. Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan and its people have suffered far too long due to the conflict. Its abundant natural resources have always had the potentia

Little support from India says BRP member Kallol Bhattacherjee NEW DELHI: DECEMBER 23, 2016 00:00 IST UPDATED: DECEMBER 23, 2016 04:28 IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aggressive pitch for Balochistan has begun to appear like a mere flash in the pan to the Baloch rebels. The movement for free Balochistan, which gained wider recognition with Mr. Modi’s August 15 speech, is facing the worst phase of repression at the hands of the Pakistan military. But India seems uninterested in providing any support, said a senior member of the Baloch Republican Party. “ We were expecting diplomatic support at the international level,” said Azizullah Bugti of the BRP. But unfortunately there had been no further development from the Indian side. “ We are facing difficulties like military operations, abductions and killings of Baloch civilians, but the movement is continuing,” he said. “ It’s for India to decide whether to ra

Balochistan to fill 20,000 vacant posts in 90 days SALEEM SHAHID   QUETTA: The Baloch­is­tan government has decided to fill 20,000 out of 35,000 vacancies in different provincial departments in 90 days. The appointments to Grade 11 to 15 posts will be made through the National Testing Service (NTS). According to sources, a meeting held last month with provincial Chief Secretary Saifullah Chattah in the chair was informed that around 35,000 approved vacancies were in different provincial government departments. Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri after knowing about these vacancies ordered the departments concerned to make arrangement for recruitment on them purely on merit. The sources said that in the first phase 20,000 vacancies up to Grade 15 would be filled through the NTS. The process of recruitment on 20,000 posts would be completed in three months. Recruitment on posts of Grade 16 and above would be made through the Balochistan Public Servi