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VBMP to highlight the Baloch plight during UN Secretary General’s Pakistan visit

sangar publication  - 12 Feb, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) will organize a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club at 3 pm on 16 February 2020 to draw the attention of the United Nations Secretary-General Mr Antonio Guterres to the grave violations of human rights in Balochistan, Mama Qadeer Baloch, vice chairman of the VBMP, said in a video message, released on social media today.

For the last eighteen years, the security forces of Pakistan have been actively involved in the enforced disappearance and extra-judicial murders of students, political activists and human rights defenders in Balochistan with impunity. In most cases, they have tortured the victims and thrown their mutilated dead bodies in desolated places, reiterated Baloch.
According to the data gathered by the VBMP, thousands of Baloch including children, the elderly and women have been picked up by the security forces outside the lawful process. The judiciary has failed …

Aslam Baloch — The Baloch General – TBP Special Report

TheBalochistanPoint.net


February 11, 2020Admin 0 For seventy years, through ups and downs, successes and failures, with rapid and slow pace, the Balochistan’s independence movement has continued with no breaks and has covered several milestones throughout its history. In its seventy years’ long and bloody struggle, people have witnessed several giant characters of this movement, but only one person has gained the reputation of a mythological character.This person, who like a character from an adventurous story, comes out of the dark through a middle-class family and conquers the hearts of poor people and becomes the talk of the town. In his ranks, he is considered a fatherly character like Spartacus and among his foes, he gains the reputation of a commander who appears with his army out of nowhere and destroys everything. Like the biblical Abraham, he serves his own child for the sacrifice; he becomes the worst nightmare of the enemy who carries multiple enemy bullets inside his body, b…

Situation in Balochistan requires your urgent attention: BHRC

New York [USA], Feb 11 (ANI): The Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) has written to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to pay urgent attention to state-sponsored terrorism in Balochistan during his upcoming tour to Pakistan."The news of your upcoming visit to Pakistan has come as a great hope for the marginalised people of Balochistan who have long been calling for UN help to bring an end to their decades' old miseries," Samad Baloch, General Secretary of the Council, said in the letter, dated February 10."We have been highlighting the fact in our previous letters to the UN that the security agencies of Pakistan have been carrying out a systematic genocide of the Baloch people for the last fifteen years," the letter read.Providing details over the grave human rights condition in Balochistan, the council stated that enforced disappearance and extrajudicial killings of political and human rights activists have become a norm in the region, where…

Balochistan environment: If no small dams constructed, Balochistan will run out of water soon

Jan Achakzai February 12, 2020 Climate change is making the precarious situation worse by altering the water and weather patterns around the globe, causing droughts and water shortages in some parts of the world but floods in the...
Climate change is making the precarious situation worse by altering the water and weather patterns around the globe, causing droughts and water shortages in some parts of the world but floods in the others.Balochistan is no exception as it is probably the most vulnerable to water stress situation and climate change but is less equipped to deal with their negative consequences. Luckily, it received snowfall, particularly in North of Balochistan and immediate South of the province this winter —never seen in almost a decade.But Balochistan is now experiencing erratic and sparser rainfall and snowing generally. Many places in the province used to receive snowfall, the frequency and intensity of which has reduced over the years, in some places, quite dramatically.…

Uganda to borrow $118 mln from China to build roads key to oil production

Elias BiryabaremKAMPALA Feb 11 (Reuters) - Uganda said on Tuesday it would borrow up to 108.5 million euros ($118.42 million) from a Chinese lender to fund construction of three roads that are key to plans to begin oil production in the east African country. Along with others in Africa, Uganda has received large credit lines from China in recent years as part of the Asian giant's so-called Belt and Road Initiative, aimed at rebuilding the old Silk Road connection with Asia, Europe and beyond.However U.S. officials have been critical of Belt and Road lending, which they say can leave countries with excessive debt.ADVERTISEMENT
Construction of the so-called oil roads would accelerate efforts to commence crude oil production in Uganda, which has failed to take off 14 years after crude reserves were discovered in the country's west.The money will be borrowed from China's Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, according to a statement issued by the government that listed decisi…

Balochistan panel reviews reforms in govt departments

QUETTA: Provincial Reforms Committee in its meeting on Tuesday reviewed proposed reforms for change in different departments, especially in health and education.The meeting discussed reforms achieved in education, health, Public Primary Health care Initiative (PPHI) Programme, infant and mother health care, vaccinations and nutrition sectors etc.Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani appreciated efforts of the provincial reforms committee and said that with joint efforts of the political leadership and bureaucracy development agenda of the province would achieve its desired targets and goals.
He said that social media was the most powerful tool and medium of information in the present day scenario and because of this people of the province were now well aware and they knew well how to get their issues and grievances resolved. He said now the people could not be befooled through slogans.Chief Secretary retired Capt Fazeel Asghar, Senior Provincial Se…

Campaign launched to control newborn deaths in Balochistan

QUETTA: The provincial “Newborn Survival Stra­tegy” to help improve preventable neonatal mortality rates in Balochistan was launched at a hotel in Quetta on Tuesday.“Pakistan has the worst neonatal mortality rates in the world. Balochistan is also contributing quite a number of newborn deaths. Most of these newborns deaths can be prevented if mothers and newborns receive known, effective interventions and timely services,” said Mudassir Waheed Malik, Secretary Health Balochistan, while speaking at the launch event jointly organised by the Maternal and Newborn Child Health (MNCH) programme and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).“The government of Balochistan is committed towards the improvement of health status of the populations with a specific focus on maternal, newborn and children under five years of age, for this purpose provincial the MNCH programme is working closely with the development partners, and other sectors for improving the health status a…

Narcotics-laden boat seized off Gwadar Coast

Nation.com.pk

KARACHI                    -            Pakistan Navy (PN) ship, operating under Regional Maritime Security Patrols (RMSP), in a joint operation with Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) intercepted and confiscated a narcotics laden fishing boat in the southeast of Gwadar on Tuesday. A huge cache of narcotics, approximately 1290 kg of hashish, amounting to Rs258 million was hidden in specially constructed secret compartments of the vessel and was handed over to Custom Authorities for further legal action. The Anti-Narcotics Operation by Pakistan Navy and PMSA are the result of meticulous planning and constant surveillance of maritime zones of Pakistan and is part of the plan to control illegal activities, including piracy, maritime terrorism, narco-arms smuggling and human smuggling etc.  Pakistan Navy fleet maintains recognised maritime and air presence to counter any unlawful activity along the coastal belt and other areas of responsibility. In order to fulfill nati…

Appointment of CPEC Authority CEO ‘blocked’

Tribune.com.pk

By shahbaz rana
 Feb.12,2020 Top officers in bureaucracy oppose appointment of Ghulam Dastgir Baloch as CEO
ISLAMABAD: A powerful group in the federal bureaucracy has blocked the appointment of chief executive officer of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority, which is undermining work at the authority ahead of an all-important visit of the Chinese president to Pakistan.The issue of appointment of the CEO, who will also act as the Principal Accounting Officer (PAO) of the authority, has further complicated matters for the new management as the authority is facing serious financial and human-resource-related issues in its infancy.Against the demand for a Rs359-million budget to make the authority fully operational, the Ministry of Planning has given only Rs121.4 million – one-third of the demand – for the remaining period of the current fiscal year. Some of the cuts in the budget by the planning ministry were justified as the authority had sought funds for the…