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Balochistan has only 5pc representation in NA’

Peerzada SalmanUpdated March 04, 2019

Ikram Sehgal and Kaiser Bengali answer questions at the session.—White StarKARACHI: An interesting discussion transpired in a post-lunch session moderated by Huma Baqai on ‘The sorrows of Balochistan’ on the last day of the 10th Karachi Literature Festival at a hotel here on Sunday.Ms Baqai put the first question to Kaiser Bengali about what the word ‘sorrow’ stood for in the title of the session. Mr Bengali replied that it was to do with institutional neglect. Balochistan makes up of 44 per cent of the country’s geography yet the state has failed to give it its due.Mujahid Barelvi said it was during Z. A. Bhutto’s tenure that he joined journalism. He did not want to go into the previous acts of rebellion that had taken place in the province, beginning with 1948, and instead wanted to focus on the 1970s movement when the Hyderabad conspiracy case was going on and Mr Bhutto put Baloch leaders into jail. The basic problem of the region is that of res…

10 Dead Due to Heavy Snowfall, Rain in Pakistan's Balochistan; 1,500 Families Rescued

The media has reported around two dozen deaths due to snowfall, rains and flooding in other parts of Pakistan, which is witnessing an unusually long winter.PTIUpdated: March 4, 2019, 7:24 AM ISTQuetta: Heavy snowfall and rains have killed around 10 people in different parts of Balochistan province, with nearly 1,500 stranded families rescued by Pakistan Army helicopters.Rescue officials said heavy flooding caused by rains and snowfall had affected most parts of Chaman, Bolan, Khuzdar, Pishin, Lasbela, Dalbandin, Qila Abdullah, Khuzdar and Kech, where hundreds of families were rendered homeless after their houses were swept away.
"We have reports of some 10 deaths from different areas due to the extreme weather conditions," an official said.The media has reported around two dozen deaths due to snowfall, rains and flooding in other parts of Pakistan, which is witnessing an unusually long winter.The official said two children of a family were killed and their parents injured in …

Gwadar oil facility has potential to capture China, Central Asian markets

APPMarch 04, 2019
ISLAMABAD - A state-of-the-art oil refinery and petrochemical complex, being established at Gwadar deep seaport city, has tremendous potential to capture markets in China and Central Asian landlocked states where fuel supply takes weeks to reach through other routes.READ MORE: Syrian army repels militant attack, two soldiers injured: sourceUnder the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the fuel transportation to China via Pakistan would take just seven days as import through western China takes almost 40 days, an official source privy to the Petroleum sector developments told APP.He said the mega oil facility was being constructed with around US $11 billion Saudi investment at the Gwadar deep seaport, an ultimate destination of the CPEC, would also help refine and store  imported oil for onward transportation to China and develop fuel supply chain for the landlocked  Central Asian states.Besides, the official said the facility, having capacity to refine 200,000 to…

Pakistan is unlikely to clear the air over its Wing Commander Shahzaz Ud Din

Pakistan is unlikely to clear the air over its Wing Commander Shahzaz Ud Din, who has reportedly died after the dogfight with Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthman's MiG 21 Bison on February 27.

Pakistan unlikely to clear the air over Wg Cdr Shahzaz Ud Din
One India story on February 28 "Unfolding the mystery over Pakistan ' s F-16 pilot" described how the F-16 pilot was hospitalised after being beaten up by a Pakistani mob considering him to be an Indian pilot, and how the Pakistani Army foolishly announced that it had captured two Indian pilots without realising that the hospitalised pilot was, in fact, its own F-16 pilot.Now various reports have identified the F-16 pilot as Wing Commander Shahaz-ud-Din of No 19 Squadron, which belongs to Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) F-16 Squadron.In a Facebook post on March 1, London-based Pakistani lawyer Khalid Umar claimed that Wing Commander Shahaz-ud-Din has died in a hospital, where he was admitted after mista…