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Gwadar fishermen to resume protest tomorrow

Behram BalochUpdated March 17, 2019
.— Photo courtesy of Danial ShahGWADAR: Fishermen in the port city of Gwadar will resume their protest on Monday (tomorrow) as the government has failed to resolve the issue of changing the design of Eastbay Expressway.This was announced by Fishermen Alliance Committee president Khuda-i-Dad Wajo at a press conference here on Saturday. Local leaders of different political parties were present on the occasion to show their solidarity with the fishermen.Mr Wajo said that the committee had postponed its protest three months ago on the assurance of Balochistan Information Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi and officials of the port authorities that Eastbay Expressway would be redesigned to protect the livelihood of the fishermen of Gwadar.The fishermen fear that the under-construction road will block their access to the sea.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADHowever, Mr Wajo said, despite passage of three months no work had been started for redesigning of the projec…

Editorial: CPEC transparency

EditorialUpdated March 17, 2019

THE Special Committee of the Senate on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor has raised the demand for greater transparency in the execution of work under CPEC.The government would be well advised to heed its words. The chair of the committee, Senator Sherry Rehman, said that ➡ her committee gets more information from the media than it does from the government, a state of affairs that is entirely unacceptable.The ruling party, while it was in opposition under the previous government, used to regularly join in the chorus of demands for greater transparency on CPEC, and its representatives in parliament used to make the same demands at the time.Now when they are in power they seem to have reverted to the same practice as their predecessor of keeping the country in the dark as large-scale work progresses under the CPEC banner.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADOnly last week, for example, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar announced a series of decisions taken by the …

4 killed in Balochistan railway track blast: police

Syed Ali ShahUpdated March 17, 2019
A scene from the blast site. — Photo provided by Ali ShahA blast targeting a passenger train killed four people, including a woman and her daughter, and injured another six in Balochistan's Dera Murad Jamali area on Sunday, police said.District Police Officer Irfan Bashir said that suspected miscreants planted an improvised explosive device at the railway track to target Jaffar Express.As the passenger train reached Dera Murad Jamali, there was a huge blast, he said, adding that the blast damaged a portion of the track."Jaffar Express was going from Rawalpindi to Quetta when attacked," he said.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADThe injured were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.Police and personnel of other law enforcement agencies reached the spot as investigation into the incident were under way.Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani strongly condemned the incident and vowed that those involved in this crime would be…