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When writer Annie Ali Khan went on a pilgrimage in search of the goddess Durga in Balochistan

BOOK EXCERPT When writer Annie Ali Khan went on a pilgrimage in search of the goddess Durga in Balochistan An excerpt from ‘Sita Under The Crescent Moon’, a chronicle of a woman’s search for faith in Pakistan. Annie Ali Khan Yesterday · 07:30 am Annie Ali Khan. At Hub Chowki, a historic-city-turned-transit-town is now the gateway between Sindh and Balochistan. Those travelling through are greeted by a road sign that reads “Mundra” – a Sanskrit word meaning temple or place of worship or chasm – overshadowed by a larger sign with a new name, proclaiming, in bold Arabic script, “Seerat”, meaning inner beauty, heavenly light hidden from view, veiled. These are the many paths to the sacred and the beautiful that abound in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. May the goddess protect us. I was on my way from the city of Karachi, once a humble fishing hamlet and now the seventh largest city in the world, to the elusive temple of the Goddess Durga at Hinglaj. The temple was nestled in the

Balochistan to make legislation against water wastage

APP August 02, 2019 QUETTA   -  Balochistan Chief Minister’s inspection team member Abdullah Thursday said the provincial government was planning to bring legislation in the assembly to discourage wastage of water in order to avert water crisis in future. The government was working to control water wastage in Balochistan, he said during his visit to cracked dam of Kili Khudidazai, Pishin. READ MORE:  05 more children die of malnutrition in Thar He said the locals may be deprived of basic need of life in future if corrective measures would not be taken timely, adding that the construction of dams was the government’s top priority to beat the water scarcity in the province. He said the government was considering the option to bind the builders to ensure installation of small pounds to store rainwater. The poor planning on the part of engineers would not be tolerated in the present time, he added. Inspecting the reconstruction work on Khudaidadzai dam, which was recently built with

Party's main focus is to establish free, united Balochistan: FBM

ANI | Updated: Aug 02, 2019 14:03 IST London [UK], Aug 2 (ANI): After intra-party elections established a new structure for the Free Balochistan Movement (FBM), a two-day National Council (NC) meeting was convened to highlight the primary objectives of the FBM including establishing a "free and united Balochistan." Party President Hyrbyair Marri chaired the NC meeting. Members of the National Council from Gulf countries, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Canada, including the members of the election committee, attended the meeting. "The main focus of the party's struggle is to establish a free and united Balochistan. We struggle for a secular democratic parliamentary system in Balochistan. The type of government and constitution that we aim for a sovereign Balochistan are ones that are defined in Article 44 of the Balochistan Liberation Charter," Marri said. He also added that the FBM will not have its own party f

CPEC Authority likely before JCC meeting

Fawad Yousafzai July 29, 2019 Islamabad - The government is likely to establish an autonomous authority for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) prior to the next Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting, it is learnt reliably here. READ MORE:  Few senators sold their vote conscience: Shahbaz Sharif A summary to establish CPEC Authority has been moved to the Law and Justice Division for its nod and hopefully it will be established prior to the next JCC meeting, official sources told The Nation here. The 9th JCC is scheduled to be held in October this year. “Although we don’t need a CPEC Authority at this stage but China and a local lobby is pursuing for establishment of such authority. Therefore, the government has decided to establish it,” a senior official of the ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms said. The idea of CPEC Authority is not new as in previous PML-N government various proposals for making CPEC a separate entity was floated but were rejected by th

Eight socio-economic projects to be completed under CPEC

APP August 02, 2019 ISLAMABAD    -   Punjab Government has proposed eight projects worth Rs5.6 billion in education, health, and agriculture sectors to be included in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) socio-economic development framework. Under the framework, five new schools would be established in the province at Tehsil levels at a cost of Rs800 million which would be equipped with smart classrooms including smart interactive white boards, multimedia equipment, computer equipment, table computer for learning, teaching furniture projects and printers. Once launched, the project is estimated to be completed within one year, sources in Punjab Planning and Development Board said. READ MORE:  05 more children die of malnutrition in Thar Under the Socio-Economic Development Framework, China has agreed to provide Pakistan a grant of $1 billion for initiating various projects across the country specially in under developed areas. In another project, Punjab Tianjin University

CPEC and the people

By  letter   Aug.02,2019 If development is for the common people then, before CPEC, the authorities should try and improve things in Gwadar TURBAT:  The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a collective vision between Pakistan and China to improve relations and promote development. It is clear that CPEC has proved successful for China as it has started reaping many benefits from it. Gwadar is a district in Balochistan which is full of natural resources. However, most areas have practically no clean drinking water. Even though Gwadar is a vital part of CPEC, people are deprived of basic necessities. Development in Pakistan facilitates the rich but makes matters worse for the poor. Even though CPEC development is in full force, people in Gwadar lack basic facilities. It only benefits specific upper strata of society while leaving the majority of the population in the same miserable condition. This is shameful. People should not be used as mere means to an end. Human life sho

hinese "evacuation" from PoK confirms Beijing's presence in occupied territory

The Chinese nationals who were moved to a ‘safe zone’ by Pakistani officials were working on a dam being constructed in PoK along the confluence of the Neelam and Jhelum rivers By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau  Agencies China had invested heavily in infrastructure projects worth $ 11-12 billion in PoK even before the BRI was launched. NEW DELHI:  Pakistan  has this week “evacuated” more than 50 Chinese nationals working in  PoK  amid exchange of fire along  LoC  by Indian and Pak troops confirming presence of  China  in the territory illegally occupied by Pakistan. The Chinese nationals who were moved to a ‘safe zone’ by Pakistani officials were working on a dam being constructed in PoK along the confluence of the Neelam and Jhelum rivers, ET has learnt. The Chinese nationals were shifted by local disaster management authority. ADVERTISEMENT It is not yet clear whether these Chinese nationals were troops stationed to guard the projects or engineers and workers on the pr

China's naval expansionism is natural path for emerging global power

Potential Chinese ports in Cambodia and Pakistan frighten regional rivals Nicholas Fang and Aaron Choo AUGUST 02, 2019 14:01 JST Cambodian Navy sailors stand in formation alongside a Chinese naval patrol boat at Cambodia's Ream Naval Base: China and Cambodia reportedly have signed a secret agreement to create an outpost for Chinese military forces.   © Reuters China's potential military expansion through bases in Southeast Asia has made headlines in recent weeks. A media report that Beijing might be leasing part of Cambodia's well-situated Ream naval base prompted Prime Minister Hun Sen to denounce the claims as "fake news." Despite Hun Sen's claims, the overseas reach of China's armed forces is growing. Some may watch the shift in the strategic balance with alarm, but others will recognize that as a major power and economy, China has legitimate reasons to expand its naval presence. There is a pressing need, therefore, for other powers to move beyo

CPEC’s Kernel

Syed Nasir Hassan AUGUST 1, 2019 The Himalayan giant extended its hand to strengthen its bond with Pakistan through CPEC in 2015. The project itself is an offshoot of China’s mass initiative of revamping of old silk route, frequently known as One Belt One Road. In Pakistan, CPEC is welcomed by every visionary person. Holistically Pakistan will be bagging enough through CPEC. However, Pakistan’s largest province Balochistan will be benefiting the most. For long, the south western province of Pakistan has faced a lot of deprivation. Despite being mineral rich, Balochistan has received the smallest share of benefits and resources. This long forgotten part of Pakistan came under limelight when CPEC was drafted making Gwadar as its cynosure. Balochistan has been seen as the excluded part of the country for long in many social and economic terms. Its very population has been showing grievances towards state for the past few years. The Pakistani state also gauges its security apparatus i

Three Balochistan districts converted into ‘A’ areas

The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent August 02, 2019 QUETTA: Three districts of Balochistan have been converted into ‘A’ areas from ‘B’ areas. *‘A’ areas are those where police are responsible for maintaining law and order, while ‘B’ areas are those where Levies perform such duties.* *About three months ago, the Balochistan cabinet had decided to convert the Levies areas of Quetta, Gwadar and Lasbela districts into police areas to improve security.* As part of implementation of the decision, the process of merger of police and Levies stations in three districts of has begun. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD *Police have taken charge of Levies stations in Quetta, Gwadar and Lasbela.* According to a notification issued by the Balochistan government, station house officers have taken charge of the stations. Officials said that Levies stations in other districts would also to be converted into police zones in the near future. The Awami National Party, which is a part of the coaliti

MEA dismisses reports claiming arrest of Indian ‘spy’ in Pakistan

According to Pakistani local media, Raju Lakshman "admitted" himself to be a spy after he was arrested on Wednesday from Rakhi Gaj area of Dera Ghazi Khan district, PTI reported. He was later taken to an undisclosed location for investigation.  By  Express Web Desk  |New Delhi |Updated: August 1, 2019 7:27:48 pm MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. (File) The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said it did not receive any information from Islamabad on “unverified reports” claiming the arrest of an alleged Indian spy in Pakistan’s Punjab province. News agency PTI, citing Pakistani local media, reported that Raju Lakshman “admitted” he is a spy after his arrest on Wednesday from Rakhi Gaj area of Dera Ghazi Khan district. He was later taken to an undisclosed location for investigation, PTI said. Advertising Addressing the media during his weekly briefing, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We do not react to unverified media reports. We have not heard from the P

FIA arrests Indian national with fake documents in Gujranwala

The Newspaper's Correspondent Updated August 02, 2019 Man has been living in Gujranwala for past 10 years, says FIA official. — AFP/File GUJRANWALA: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claims to have arrested an Indian national who had been living in Gujranwala on fake passport and documents for the last 10 years. The agency also registered a case against the citizen who gave him shelter. FIA Deputy Director Amir Nawaz told  Dawn  that Panjam Tiwari had gone to Dubai for work in 2009 and met Kamran, a resident of Gujranwala. They became business partners in Dubai and after some time, Kamran brought Panjam back to Pakistan on fake passport. The Indian national tied the knot with Kamran’s sister Rukhsana and embraced Islam, changing his name as Bilal. He also made fake documents (birth certificate, CNIC, marriage deed etc) and started living in Pakistan, said Nawaz. FIA Assistant Director Ahmer Sandhu, along with Inspector Naveed Ahmed and Sub-Inspector Shahzaib, raided a