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Khuzdar: Trucks carrying chromite were attacked, BLF has claims responsibility

Current Balochistan Date:  3 Apr 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Trucks carrying chromite were attacked on Friday evening between Khuzdar and Lesbela districts of Balochistan, a Baloch militant group Balochistan Liberation Front claimed responsibility. According to the details, trucks carrying stones were attacked on (RCD) highway from Quetta to Karachi near wall-e-Pat area of tehsil Wadh area of Khuzdar. Attackers also sat two trucks on fire around 6.30 pm. A Baloch militant group, Balochistan Liberation Front has claimed the responsibility. Major Gwahram the spokesman for the group in a media released statement said that, BLF fighters targeted two trucks loaded with chromite in Balochistan. Both trucks were hit and burned. He added that the plundering of the resources of motherland is not acceptable at any cost. we have to make it clear that if the transport community are involved in the plunder, they would be responsible for their lives and property. He warned that occupying Pakistani troops,

ISI hand suspected in disappearance of noted Baloch journalist in Sweden- RSF

Date:  3 Apr 2020 Author:  Admin 0 Pakistani spy agency ISI’s hand is being suspected in senior Baloch journalist and writer Sajid Hussain’s sudden disappearance from Sweden. Hussain’s whereabouts are unknown since March 2. Pakistani spy agency ISI’s hand is being suspected in senior Baloch journalist and writer Sajid Hussain’s sudden disappearance from Sweden. Hussain’s whereabouts are unknown since March 2. This is first time a Baloch journalist has gone missing from abroad. Afghanistan-Pakistan experts, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told ET that the ISI could be behind his disappearance as he was a vocal critic of the Pakistan government and its agencies. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) too has expressed suspicion that a Pakistani journalist who had been missing for a month in Sweden was abducted “at the behest” of an intelligence agency in Pakistan. “Considering the recent attacks and harassment against other Pakistani journalists in Europe, we cannot ignore the possibili

BRG attacked foreign company’s engineers in Balochistan on Thursday

Date:  3 Apr 2020 Author:  Admin 0 “Foreign companies along with Pakistan will face intensive attacks if the plundering of Baloch resources is not stopped”. Dostain Baloch Baloch Republican Guards (BRG) spokesman, Dostain Baloch said in a press release on Thursday that a foreign-owned oil company vehicle was struck by a remote-controlled bomb at Kodag area between Sibi and Kahan, while they were heading to their base camp under Frontier corps’ security. The spokesman claimed that foreign engineers and Pakistani technicians were killed in the bombing. Dostain Baloch added in his statement “we once again warn foreign companies to stop the plundering of Baloch resources, oil and gas with Pakistani partnership. Pakistani institutions have been intensified in the plundering of rich resources of Baloch land. Foreign companies are being provided certificates at cheap rates for looting the resources in war-torn Balochistan, against which we will intensify our attacks.” A Video released by BRG

Some Say China’s Belt and Road Helped Create This Pandemic. Can It Prevent the Next One? As COVID-19 spreads around the world, China has begun talking about a “Health Silk Road.” But one already exists – at least, on paper. By  Andreea Brînză April 02, 2020 A man fixes the Chinese flag in front of boxes with protective suits and masks in Vienna, Austria, March 20, 2020. Credit: AP Photo/Ronald Zak ADVERTISEMENT As the novel coronavirus spread from country to country, reaching the level of a pandemic, some voices pointed toward the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the main avenue of contagion. But had it been better implemented, the BRI could instead have been lauded as a champion of pandemic prevention. Many people may not know that the BRI has a branch dedicated to facilitating communication among countries in order to prevent and control infectious diseases, create a platform for proper health services and the health industry, facilitate personnel training and medical research, and develop international assistance. The idea of what we might call  BRI Hea

China faces Belt and Road course correction after coronavirus

Southeast Asia expected to remain a focus as Beijing prioritizes home front DAVID HUTT, Contributing writer APRIL 02, 2020 18:09 JST A Chinese worker stands on a construction site in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, in February. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted flows of workers and materials to China-funded projects across the region.   © Reuters PRAGUE -- The new coronavirus is straining economies to the breaking point, but China says its Belt and Road Initiative will proceed intact. Analysts are not so sure. Some think a weakened China will have little choice but to step back and reassess its foreign investments in the post-pandemic world. But a Belt and Road 2.0 could also present new opportunities to wield influence -- especially in Southeast Asia -- as the European Union and other investors nurse their own wounds. Despite the raging pandemic, China has not stopped committing to new infrastructure projects across the Southeast Asian bloc. In the months since the outbr

Labour Minister appeals Sindh, Balochistan govts for help of stranded mines workers

by  on  April 3, 2020 Thousands of poor mine workers of KP mostly belonged to Shangla district were stranded in Balochistan, Hyderabad, Lakra Jamshuro and Dara Adamkhel mines and are looking for Government help. The ministers told them that mines in these provinces were closed in wake of Coronavirus and thousands of workers were made jobless. He said around 10,000 coal miners were trapped at Lakra Jamsuro mine. PESHAWAR: Provincial Minister for Labour and Culture, Shaukat Yousafzai has appealed Sindh and Balochistan Governments to provide ration and medicines to stranded mine workers of KP in their respective provinces and ensured their dignified repatriation to homes. He said thousands of poor mine workers of KP mostly belonged to Shangla district were stranded in Balochistan, Hyderabad, Lakra Jamshuro and Dara Adamkhel mines and are looking for Government help, says a press release. The Provincial Minister wrote letters to Sindh and Balochistan Governments and made a telephonic conta

Thousands of miners stranded in Sindh, Balochistan

MANZOOR ALI PESHAWAR: Thousands of miners from different districts of Malakand division have been stranded in Sindh and Balochistan for two weeks due to the lockdown enforced to stem the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). Complaining about shortage of food and drinking water, they say they will die of starvation even if they survive the virus. Majority of these miners belong to Shangla district, which provides most of the workforce to dig coalmines across the country. The others are from Dir and Swat districts. Miners told Dawn over the phone that thousands of them had been stranded either in Lakhra area of Sindh and on the outskirts of Quetta city in Balochistan and couldn’t return to hometowns due to lockdown, so things were extremely difficult for them. Fatah Gul, a miner from Alpuri area of Shangla district, who is trapped in Lakhra area of Jamshoro district, said the coalmines had been closed for 13 days due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Say they’ll die of starvation if not co

Navy distributes ration in coastal areas of Balochistan, Sindh

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: Pakistan Navy has donated food and other commodities in coastal areas of Balochistan and Sindh to help the needy families in the prevalent state of affairs caused by lockdowns due to Covid-19. The Navy distributed ration bags containing sufficient amount of food and other essential commodities for a family of 8-10 persons for a month in Gwadar, Pasni, Sonmiani, Shah Bandar, Keti Bandar, Bin Qasim and other adjoining rural areas. Separately, Pakistan Navy distributed ration bags in various cities, including Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Bahawalpur. In addition, Navy personnel conducted awareness campaigns about preventive measures against Covid-19 and distributed Personal Protective Equipment.

Balochistan to seek help from donors in fight against Covid-19: CM

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani said on Thursday that his government had decided to seek assistance from national and international donors to help poor and needy people cope with the situation created by the coronavirus pandemic. Talking to reporters during his visit to the Bolan Medical College (BMC) Hospital Complex, he said assistance received from some donors would be disbursed among deserving families according to a formula of the National Disaster Management Authority. Mr Alyani warned that next two to three weeks would be very difficult as the number of coronavirus cases across the country were increasing. He said the government was well aware of difficulties being faced by daily wage workers and other needy people caused by the lockdown imposed in the province to fight Covid-19. The chief minister said his government was working on a comprehensive plan to ensure supply of ration and other financial assistance to deserving people. “Ration w

Balochistan’s locally transmitted coronavirus cases increase to 33

SAMAA |  Asim Khan Posted: Apr 3, 2020 | Last Updated: 27 mins ago Photo: ONLINE Balochistan’s known coronavirus cases on Friday increased to 169. According to Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani, of these, 33 cases are local transmissions. These patients also included doctors. A total of 11 doctors in the province have tested positive for COVID-19 so far. Seven people in Quetta who had recent travel history tested positive as well. At least 100 more tests have been conducted and their results are awaited. Doctors and medical staff have complained about a lack of medical kits and other safety equipment and have started collecting donations for this purpose. The province has been under lockdown for the past two weeks and security forces have been taking action against people violating the order. Pakistan’s borders with Iran and Afghanistan also remain closed. All these precautionary measures were taken to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the province.

How The Eternal Flame Of Devi Hinglaj May Ignite A Cultural Connect Between Balochistan And Uttarakhand

Culture By Sumati Mehrishi April 02, 2020 at 9:57 PM The seeds for a cultural movement connecting the devotees of Ma Hinglanj in Hingol, Balochistan, and the devotees of the forms of Shakti, in Uttarakhand, have been sown. In March, Hindu pilgrims from Pakistan visiting Haridwar refused to leave Uttarakhand. They said they did not want to go back to the country where they face ruthless persecution, where their relatives are killed and where their daughters are snatched away from them. The pilgrims said that they want Indian authorities to extend their visa limit of one month. They wanted India to extend them citizenship under the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019. Officials in the Uttarakhand government said that the government will be in a position to do anything only if an application is filed. Locals, it was reported, pitched in money, food and clothes to the pilgrims. Haridwar is the prime destination for Hindu devotees from Pakistan visiting India. This author met pilgr

COVID-19, CPEC and the future of ADR in Pakistan

The Islamabad Dr Tariq Mahmood  &  Arran Dowling-hussey April 03, 2020 IntroductionCoronavirus has brought the world to an economic standstill. Throughout the world, countries have been brought to a lockdown, the financial markets have become erratic and the means of... Share Next Story >>> Introduction Coronavirus has brought the world to an economic standstill. Throughout the world, countries have been brought to a lockdown, the financial markets have become erratic and the means of resolving disputes through the courts have become even more difficult. A large number of courts throughout the world have been shut for business or are only operating on a limited basis to deal with issues such as emergency applications. During this time of crisis, when looking at the issue of dispute resolution, it is helpful to be reminded of the benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The new world order has brought a wave of new legislation throughout different juris

PM wants resumption of construction, CPEC work

SYED IRFAN RAZA ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday ordered a relief package specifically for the construction industry and directed resumption of all China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) related infrastructure and energy projects. The package for construction industry will be unveiled today (Friday). The premier also directed formation of a Codal Research Committee (CRC) for devising an action plan that would allow the centre and provinces to jointly deal with Covid-19’s brunt on the country’s economy. The decisions were taken in two separate meetings held to assess the impact of the pandemic on economy and common man. During a meeting, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar apprised the prime minister about steps being taken for better coordination between provinces and the centre to combat Covid-19, revival of construction industry, CPEC projects and food security. Another relief package to be announced today “The relief package will also support the uplift