Sunday, June 18, 2017
For the past five decades the establishment’s propaganda overdrive has blamed the Baloch sardars for all the ills of Balochistan.
Undoubtedly a large number of sardars have much to answer for, but then so do a whole list of generals, politicians, bureaucrats and capitalist barons who have also ill served and selfishly looted this country.
The sardars have proved to a useful target for propaganda but reflect on this: Makran which hasn’t had a sardar for nearly two hundred years is just as poorly developed as the rest of Balochistan, if not less.
The former army chief Musharraf is on record saying in 2006 that out of the total seventy-seven sardars in Balochistan, seventy-four were pro-establishment and only three – Bugti, Marri and Mengal – opposed his dictatorship.
Such statements and the evidence of history shows that the establishment has always been in cahoots with a majority of Balochistan’s sardars and never really given a hoot for the development of the ordinary Baloch.
Truth be told, the establishment’s only real concern has been to maintain its tight control over the province.
Published: June 18, 2017
QUETTA: One man was killed and six others, including four children, were injured after an explosive device targeting a pickup truck went off in the Washuk district of Balochistan on Saturday.
According to a Balochistan Levies official, the blast took place at around 2pm in Mashkail tehsil near the Pak-Iran border. He added that the pickup truck was targeted with a remote-controlled device and the vehicle was completely destroyed.
“Shoukat Gangozai, alias Meera, was travelling in the vehicle along with six of his family members,” said the official. The explosion killed Jalal Ahmed on the spot, while Gangozai, his wife and four children were injured, he added.
The injured were shifted to the Dalbandin district headquarters hospital where the condition of Gangozai’s wife was stated to be critical.
The victim’s family alleges that the bomb was planted in the vehicle by one of their Irani relatives who left for Iran a day ago. A case has been registered and investigations are underway.
Levies man injured
A Levies official was injured in an exchange of fire between the force and unidentified men on Saturday.
The Levies personnel were on a routine patrol when fired upon in the Sabazkoh area of Panjgur. The injured official was identified as Muhammad who was shifted to the local hospital.
A mutilated corpse was recovered by the police from the Western bypass area of Quetta on Saturday, and shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex.
The deceased was identified as Zahoor Ahmed who was a resident of Mangochar. The body was handed over to the heirs after the completion of medico-legal formalities
PTI | 7 hours ago
The scientific expedition to the 4,000-metre-high Qinghai-Tibet plateau will study changes in climateChina has included the controversial CPEC in its expeditionChina's first comprehensive scientific expedition to the Tibet plateau began in the 1970s
BEIJING: China has included the controversial $50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor in its second scientific expedition to the 4,000-metre-high Qinghai-Tibet plateau to study changes in climate, biodiversity and environment over the past decades in the region.
The expedition will also take scientists to a pass linking to south Asia, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The CPEC passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), over which India has conveyed its protests to China. The area covers Karakoram mountain ranges, including the Siachen glacier.
The last expedition of similar scale in Qinghai-Tibet plateau, regarded as roof of the world, was conducted in the 1970s.
This time, the expedition will last five to 10 years and the first stop will be Serling Tso, a 2,391-square-km lake that was confirmed to have replaced the Buddhist holy lake Namtso as Tibet's largest in 2014.
In the coming months, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will take more than 100 scientists to the lake area and the origin of the Yangtze, China's longest river. They will be divided into four groups and make a comprehensive survey of the plateau glaciers, climate change, biodiversity and ecological changes, Yao Tandong, an academician with the CAS, was quoted as saying by the report.
"Great changes have taken place in the plateau's resources and environment since the first scientific expedition," said Yao, director of the CAS Institute of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Research. "We need further research to find out ways to cope with these changes."
China's first comprehensive scientific expedition to the Tibet plateau began in the 1970s and covered more than 50 disciplines including geologic structure, prehistoric life, geophysics, climate, zoology and botany.
"The scientists reported major discoveries and filled many gaps in plateau research," Yao said.
The new round of research, he said, will focus on changes.
Zhu Liping, a CAS researcher leading the lake observation team, said the surface of Serling Tso Lake, for example, had expanded 40 per cent between 1976 and 2009.
Since 1990, water in the plateau's 1,000 lakes has increased by 100 billion cubic meters.
"The volume is equal to three times the water in Three Gorges Dam," Zhu said. The study will measure the impact on the ecology and its potential link to flooding and drought in the low-lying eastern monsoon region.
Zhu said data will be collected by scientists using automatic boats for the first time and a topographic map will be drawn.
"The plateau climate is becoming warmer and more humid," said Xu Baiqing, who is leading another team to the glaciers.
The team will drill ice cores at three major plateau glacier groups. Buried in the cold interiors of glaciers, ice cores contain well-preserved and detailed records of climate change in a century.
The impact of climatic changes would be assessed and proposals for conservation and rational development of resources formulated.
On the archaeological front, scientists will look for evidence that can prove an earlier archaeological discovery of a Paleolithic ruins in the Serling Tso suggesting that humans might have been lived on this part of the world since some 30,000 years ago.
Archaeologists will try to answer why humans came to this plateau, where did they come from, and how did they adapt to high altitude living, according to team leader Deng Tao, deputy director of Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, under CAS.
A fourth team will research the biological diversity on the plateau and draw up a habitat map for preservation and tourism purposes.
A national park might be set up in Serling Tso, the report said
Balochistan Liberation Front spokesperson in his statement claimed the responsibility of the attack on Pakistan army camp in Turbat and said on 09 June 2017, after the sunset, a military camp built in a school in Shahi Tump area of Turbat district Kech, Balochistan, was attacked with hand grenades, in result, one military personnel killed and two injured
After the successful attack, as usual, Pakistani army retaliated and opened fire on innocent civilians and severely tortured women and children of surrounding villages, which is an open violation of international laws of war.
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