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Finance Division seeks Rs112 billion for spending on projects

By shahbaz rana
 Feb.09,2020 Funds insufficient to complete some critical schemes of Gwadar and Karachi
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance has sought Rs112 billion for spending on federally-funded provincial projects and meeting reconstruction needs in war-torn areas for next fiscal year but the amount is insufficient to complete some critical schemes of Gwadar and Karachi.The finance ministry, this week, shared the project-wise details with the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance for its endorsement. These schemes are directly and indirectly executed by the federal government, including some China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.According to the Ministry of Finance’s working, the water treatment projects for Gwadar under CPEC and Karachi Water Supply scheme K-IV will not be completed in the next financial year 2020-21 as well.The federal government has not sought sufficient funds in the next budget for these projects, as proposed allocations are far less than the …

Qandeel Baloch was a social media star in Pakistan. A new book explores her life and murder.

By Elizabeth Flock February 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST (Melville House) Sanam Maher’s debut “A Woman Like Her” unfolds like a thriller, only it’s true. The book tells the story of Qandeel Baloch, a woman from a small village in Pakistan who became a social media celebrity, and at age 26 was killed by her brother. Throughout her life, Baloch (whose real name was Fouzia Azeem) courted both attention and scandal, angering not only her brother but hordes of threatening commenters both on- and offline. Her brother Waseem was also taunted for his sister’s behavior. He wanted it to stop, so he took matters into his own hands. “She just wouldn’t listen,” Waseem told police during his interrogation. “I had no other way to deal with this.” In July 2016 he put a sedative in his sister’s milk and strangled her. In his confession, Waseem said he had done so to protect his family’s “honor.” Waseem was sentenced to life in prison in September. “Honor killings,” as they are called, take pla…

Dialogue at Gwadar: Ex-CM Balochistan for including Baloch communities in all CPEC projects
By Hamid Khan WazirGWADAR, Pakistan: The former Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Mohammad Malik Baloch believes that federal and provincial governments should priorities the inclusion of Balochistan’s local communities in all China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, and their interests and identities need to be protected through legislation for economically sustainable and socially acceptable development.Speaking at a stakeholders’ round-table at Gwadar, Dr Baloch advocated the greater lead role of the locals in running institutions such as the Gwadar Port and Gwadar Development Authority (GDA).“How can you expect the local people not to be resentful if their share of jobs in provincial institutions such as GDA or the Port Authority is minimal,” asked the former chief minister, adding that share of jobs must be increased for locals (Gwadar) in particular and Baloch people in general across the province.The former chief minister pointed out that inclusive development is…