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Balochistan’s Students Take to the Streets

Protests at one of Pakistan’s largest universities continue to widen after a surveillance, harassment and blackmail scandal broke open. By  Mariyam Suleman October 25, 2019 Credit:  Pixabay ADVERTISING  “We boycotted classes this Monday. There are protests in [the] university and fear all around especially for us [female students],” says Alia Baloch, a final year student at the University of Balochistan.  Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan by area, is also one of the most conservative and least developed regions in South Asia — women are its most vulnerable population. According to the UN, Balochistan scores highest in terms of female illiteracy, gender disparity and unemployment amongst its provincial counterparts.  In a society where the honor of women matters a lot more than food on the table and where men have all the decision-making powers, not many women get to university. Those who do are burdened with the responsibilities of maintaining the honor of their com

Under CPEC: ML-I’s PC-I worth $9.23 billion sent for approval: Rashid

By  TAHIR AMIN  on  October 25, 2019 Pakistan Railways submitted the PC-1 of Main Line (ML-1) Railways project, worth around $9.23 billion, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework to the Planning Ministry for approval. This was announced by Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed in a video message on Thursday. Rashid said that a meeting was held on Thursday with Prime Minister Imran Khan and he apprised the Prime Minister of the achievement regarding the submission of PC-1 to the Planning Ministry. He said that the Prime Minster has directed to complete the track as soon as possible. The minister said that it is a huge achievement in Pakistan's history that PC-1 of 1,800 kilometers long track at a cost of $9.2 billion has been submitted for approval. Rashid has already invited the Prime Minister and transport minister of China to witness the historic project initiation of ML-1 under which 1,800 kilometers track would be upgraded. After getting approval from

Imran inaugurates power plant under CPEC

Prime minister says government conscious of challenges faced by Karachi residents 20:37 October 21, 2019 Agencies Hub: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated a 1,320 megawatt China Hub power plant, one of the primary projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) plan. Addressing a ceremony on the occasion, Imran said all facilities would be make available to assist the joint project. The prime minister said that the joint projects under the CPEC are a positive sign, adding that it is recommended that more coal is brought from Thar to be utilised for this power plant. “There are 6,000 Pakistani workers associated with the project,” said the prime minister. Imran said that electricity was being produced from coal in Thar, and that the country was progressing due to CPEC. Ad The prime minister said that Pakistan’s biggest issue is corruption, which kept people at bay from making any investments. Imran earlier arrived in Karachi for a daylong visit during, whi

Protest in Gwadar

By  ​ our correspondent  Oct.26,2019 They said the UoB students have been disgraced through secretly recorded videos Ad QUETTA:  Leaders of different political parties, trade associations and civil society staged a protest demonstration outside the Gwadar Press Club against alleged sexual harassment and blackmailing of students at the University of Balochistan (UoB). The participants were carrying placards and banners inscribed with different slogans. Addressing the protesters, National Party’s district president Faiz Nigori, BNP’s Abdul Rehman Pir Bakhsh, PPP’s Ejaz Hussain, PTI’s Maula Bakhgh Mujahib, Anjuman Tajiran leader Ghulam Hussain Dashti and others strongly condemned the scandal and said this act was a crime against the whole society and humanity. Senate panel orders UoB to remove unnecessary CCTVs They said the UoB is the main educational institution of the province where boys and girls are getting education for their bright future but in the name of security, thes