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Water scarcity hits major crops in Balochistan

December 11, 2018
(From news desk of The Balochistan Post)Farmers in Balochistan are not able to grow any major crops like wheat due to scarcity of water-ReportFarmers in Balochistan are not able to grow any major crops like wheat due to scarcity of water and inputs, and the comparative edge of climate in Balochistan is being exploited by fruits and vegetable growers, according to `Soil Fertility Atlas` jointly released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the US Department of Agriculture, on Monday, reported Pakistan’s leading daily Dawn News.Almost 81 percent of farmers complained that water scarcity is the major constraint hampering agricultural activities throughout Balochistan, while unavailability of good quality seed was reported by 65pc of farmers, whereas, access to agricultural loans was limited to 61pc farmers. The water scarcity varies in the seven districts of crop production zones.Wheat is the most common crop in all the crop zones, but the proportion does …

'Balochistan a victim of Pakistan's nuclear proliferation activities'

ANI | British Columbia [Canada] | Last Updated at December 11 2018 20:35 ISTBalochistan is a victim of Pakistan's nuclear proliferation activities, said Naela Quadri Baloch, an activist for Baloch rights, who led a protest here on 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."Balochistan is a victim of nuclear proliferation activities of Pakistan and Iranwhile the early phase of the China-PakistanEconomic Corridor (CPEC) has directly victimised 1,00,000 people in the region," she said.Braving rain and freezing temperature, the Baloch community held a protest camp in British Columbia in support of Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) against enforced disappearances of 40,000 Baloch people, including women and children, by the armed forces of Pakistan and Iran, said a press release."Balochs are facing genocide. Being a Baloch is a crime in Pakistan and Iran.Every day, Balochs including women and children are targeted by the state armed forces. Every…

Chairman Khalil Baloch’s message on the eve of Human Rights Day

Sangar NewsChairman Khalil Baloch’s message on the eve of Human Rights Day
Khalil Baloch,  the chairman of Baloch National Movement in his video statement on the eve of International Day for Human Rights  applauded the struggle of Baloch women: “ My today’s message is for those brave mothers, sisters, small kids and for elder people of Baloch nation who are  protesting in the extreme cold weather of Shal (Quetta) for their loved ones who are enduring tortures in Pakistani torture cells.” “I am proud of my Baloch nation,” he said. “a terrorist state which is known as Pakistan, for last seventy-two years and specially for last two decades has used its all tactics and strategies to crush Baloch voice and Baloch liberation movement,”He added. “ be it is  Pakistan’s regular army, paramilitary forces, security forces ISI and MI thousands of Baloch have been disappeared by them, and have been enduring tortures and thousands of Baloch have sacrificed their lives for the motherland.”
Khalil Bal…

Situation in Balochistan deplorable: CJP

Saleem ShahidUpdated December 11, 2018
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar being briefed about the new Supreme Court registry building on Monday.—APPQUETTA: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has said the situation in Balochistan is deplorable and despite having huge mineral resources the people of the province are demanding the provision of even basic rights.Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the newly constructed building of the Supreme Court’s registry here on Monday, the chief justice said the people of Balochistan complained that they were being neglected by Islamabad despite the fact that they had rendered great sacrifices for protecting the country.CPEC: Hopes and fears as China comes to Gwadar“I personally feel a sense of embarrassment while observing this situation about Balochistan,” he said, wondering why the chief secretary and the police chief belonging to other provinces were being posted in Balochistan. He said that although these were administrative iss…

CPEC is Pakistan’s national priority, China told

The Newspaper's Staff ReporterUpdated December 11, 2018Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani delegation inaugural round of bilateral political consultations with China. — File photoISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by pledging to complete it as a national priority.The assurance was conveyed to the Chinese side by the Foreign Office at the inaugural round of bilateral political consultations. Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani delegation at the meeting, while the Chinese side was headed by Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou.“Pakistan side conveyed that CPEC is a national priority for the government and Pakistan remains committed to the successful implementation of CPEC,” the FO said in a statement on the meeting.“The two sides also resolved to work together towards completion of the ongoing projects and agreed to expand CPEC to new areas of cooperation in line with the vision of the le…

NHA to build 210 km DI Khan-Zhob section of CPEC western route

Mon, Dec, 18
ISLAMABAD: The National Highway Authority (NHA) has planned to build 210 kilometer D I Khan-Zhob section of Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).It's first portion is a 50-km four lane motorway which starts from Yarik, Indus Highway and ends at Sagu.Beyond Sagu up to Zhob dualization of existing section of D I Khan-Quetta Highway (N-50) is being done under the project. It also includes construction of Darazinda and Zhob bypass.An official of NHA told that proposed Right of Way of the project is 100m for Yarik to Sagu and realignment portion, 30m 50m will be acquired for dualization of N-50. He said that Chinese financing for the Western route project ‘Up-gradation of D.I. Khan (Yarik) - Zhob, Phase-I (210 km)’ will be one of the important points on agenda for the next Joint Cooperation Committee of CPEC, scheduled to be held in the 3rd week of this month.Matters regarding financing are being pursued with the Chinese government, he added.He said oth…

CPEC and Balochistan

By EditorialPublished: December 11, 2018
The Balochistan government has once again expressed its reservations over inequitable distribution or allocation of projects being visualised, planned and executed under CPEC. Balochistan has a long history of being neglected in overall development strategy of successive governments despite being the richest among all federating units in terms of natural resources. Since 1950s, the natural gas being produced and supplied from its rugged terrains has kept the wheel of country’s economy and industry moving but even today most of its towns and villages are deprived of the benefits of the natural gas.So seems to be the case with CPEC projects. All this has added to a collective sense of deprivation ultimately leading to a sense of alienation. The leadership of Balochistan on either side of the political and ideological divide is unanimous while agitating these grievances. A Balochistan government spokesperson on Sunday referred to a scheduled meetin…

Pak China agree to expand CPEC to new areas of cooperation Pak FO

PTIDecember 10, 2018 20:52 ISTBy Sajjad Hussain
     Islamabad, Dec 10 (PTI) Pakistan on Monday assured China that the multi-billion dollar CPEC was a "national priority" as top diplomats of the two countries agreed to further expand the developmental projects to new areas.
     During the first round of political consultations between the two allies here, Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua conveyed to visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou that Islamabad was committed to the successful implementation of the ongoing CPEC projects.
    The USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), launched in 2015, is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China's resource-rich Muslim-majority Xinjiang province with Pakistan's strategic Gwadar Port.
     "The two sides also resolved to work together towards completion of the ongoing projects and agreed to expand the CPEC to new areas of cooperation in line with the…

Pakistan, China agree to expand scope of CPEC

DECEMBER 11, 2018ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China on Monday agreed to expand the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to new areas of cooperation in line with the vision of the Pakistani leadership and build upon the consensus reached between the leadership of two countries during the visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to China last month, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.During the first round of political consultations between Pakistan and China, led by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou, both sides resolved to complete the ongoing projects.Pakistan reiterated that CPEC was a national priority for the government and it remained committed to the successful implementation of the mega project, the statement added.During the meeting, both sides also held comprehensive discussions on the entire gamut of the bilateral relations. They reaffirmed the “all weather strategic cooperative partnership” between the two countries and expressed …

Balochistan cabinet shocked by CPEC presentation

Khurram HusainUpdated December 11, 2018Cabinet members call CPEC spending "a joke", blast previous government for inaction. — File photoKARACHI: The Balochistan cabinet was left shell-shocked at the end of a briefing on the progress of CPEC projects in the province when it was revealed that no progress has been made in any projects outside Gwadar and the meagre share of the province in the overall portfolio of CPEC projects.The briefing was provided by the CPEC Cell that the Balochistan government has recently established with help from the World Bank.Also read: Balochistan voices concern over its share in CPEC projectsAccording to a source who was present during the meeting on Monday, which lasted all day, almost four hours were spent on the briefing from the cell.The major finding of the cell was that all projects connected with the western route have seen no progress whatsoever, and the overall size of the portfolio of CPEC projects in Balochistan is miniscule where less …