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No oil, gas reserves found at Kekra-1: Petroleum Division

Tahir Sherani | Dawn.comUpdated May 18, 2019The cost of offshore drilling at Kekra-1 site was estimated at Rs15bn, according to an official of the Petroleum Division. — AFP/FileOffshore drilling at the Kekra-1 site near Karachi has found no reserves of oil and gas, according to an official of the Petroleum Division.Hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan reiterated that there is a chance of discovering "massive reserves at the site by next week", the Petroleum Division said that the drill did not yield the desired results."ExxonMobil, ENI, PPL and OGDC were conducting the drill at Kekra-1. More than 5,500-metre-deep drilling was conducted but oil and gas reserves were not found. The drilling work has now been abandoned," an official told DawnNewsTV."The cost of the drill was estimated at Rs15 billion," he added.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER ADSpecial Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on petroleum division, Nadeem Babar, also confirmed to Geo News that the se…

The Gwadar warning

Terror attack in Balochistan highlights how extremism is adding volatility to a restive region.By Editorial |Published: May 14, 2019 12:53:13 am
Balochistan remains the least developed of Pakistan’s provinces even though it is the richest in terms of its natural resources.The terrorist attack at a hotel in Gwadar, the Balochistan port city in which China is invested heavily, is sure to have sent tremors in both Pakistan and China. The Gwadar port is a flagship project of the US $62 billion-China Pakistan Economic Corridor. The hotel is where Chinese visitors and Pakistani officials stay on a regular basis. Five people were killed in the attack, including one Pakistan Navy seaman, a hotel employee and three security guards. Reports point to three or four terrorists gaining entry into the hotel all too easily on May 11, Saturday, and keeping up gunfire and rocket attacks into the early hours of Sunday, until the assailants were themselves killed.This is the second attack in Gwadar within…

India’s Betrayal Of Iran Is Only The Beginning

by M. K. Bhadrakumar3 days agoThe sudden visit to New Delhi by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif for a meeting on May 14 with the outgoing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the dying days of the Modi government underscores dramatically how much Tehran has been traumatised by the Indian decision under American pressure to summarily stop all imports of Iranian oil w.e.f May 2. If one were to encapsulate the anguish and bewilderment in the Iranian mind, an analogy would be the plaintive entreaty by Julius Caesar in William Shakespeare’s play of that name — ‘Et tu, Brute’ (Even you, Brute) — when on the Ides of March in 44 BC the great Roman statesman spotted amongst the conspirators in the Senate building the pale visage of his old dear friend Marcus Junius Brutus, who were stabbing him in a pre-conceived assassination plot. ‘Death of Caesar’, famous painting by Vincenzo Camuccini, 19th century Italian painter of Neoclassic historiesTo be sure, the unexpected bet…

Changing Contours of Baloch Nationalist Movement

Abstract
Since early 2000 Balochistan is yet again embroiled in a cobweb of violence. The presence of rudimentary representative institutions during the democratic interlude in the 1990s had afforded a semblance of medium to nationalist elites to articulate their grievances within the institutional mould. However, the abrupt rupture of institutionalised medium in concomitance with a repressive state apparatus during the dictatorial regime of General Pervez Musharraf signified not only the emergence of violent politics as the medium of contestation but a paradigmatic shift in the morphology, objectives and geography of the Baloch nationalist movement. Resultantly, current movement differs from many of its iterations in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. This paper attempts to identify such diacritical markers. It argues that the present movement is undergoing a process of leadership transformation with the participation of young and more articulate middle class setting off a process of de-tribal…