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Lockdown to badly affect Balochistan due to poverty: PM

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Balochistan will be the province most affected by the lockdown as its poverty level is more than any other part of the country due to joblessness of daily-wage earners and other poor people, as well as its impact on small business. Talking to the media and addressing members of the Balochistan cabinet and parliamentarians after presiding over a meeting during his day-long visit to Quetta on Thursday, the prime minister said all the provincial governments would take decisions on April 14 whether to continue or ease the lockdown in view of the coronavirus situation in their provinces. Balochistan Governor retired Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani, federal ministers Asad Umar, Zubaida Jalal and Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind, Commander of Southern Command Lt Gen Wasim Ashraf and senior federal and provincial officials were also present on the occasion. Prime Minister Khan expressed the apprehension that

UNHCR donates Rubb Halls, housing units for Balochistan quarantine centres

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: The UN refugee agency has provided Rubb Halls and housing units to the Balochistan government to support its quarantine facilities. The UNHCR officials said on Thursday that the organisation had provided 14 self-standing and durable housing units to the provincial health department. They have been set up at the Balochistan Institute of Nephrology. The large Rubb Halls that were delivered to the Provincial Disaster Mana­gement Authority (PDMA), Balochistan, are expected to accommodate a number of suspected Covid-19 patients. Previously, UNHCR had also donated five fully equipped ambulances to the Balochistan government. “Such support and assistance will help strengthen the provincial government’s efforts to effectively respond to the current pandemic,” said the head of the UNHCR’s sub-office in Quetta, Zephania Amuiri. Published in Dawn, April 10th, 2020

BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal cautions PM about Balochistan govt's failures in coronavirus response

Geo.tv Pakistan Web Desk April 09, 2020 There are no testing kits or health facilities available in Quetta, so one can imagine the situation in the interior, Mengal says Sardar Akhtar Mengal, chief of the Mengal faction of the Balochistan National Party and an ally of the PTI at the Centre, on Thursday said that the Balochistan government had given Prime Minister Imran Khan "a complete false impression" during his visit to Quetta's Bolan Medical College. The prime minister had today visited a quarantine centre at the hospital where he was briefed by the provincial chief secretary about facilities provided to patients. He was also briefed about the steps authorities have taken to stem the virus's spread in the province. Following his visit to Quetta, the prime minister pledged all possible assistance and resources to the province. Mengal, however, via a statement on Twitter, sought to warn the prime minister to not be misled by the government of Balochistan, which is c

Centre urged to boost Balochistan’s share

By  ​ our correspondent  Apr.10,2020 CM says closure of Pak-Iran border creating shortage of food items in province QUETTA:  Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal has urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to increase the share of the province in the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme and Benazir Income Support Programme. “The federal government should enhance Balochistan’s share from 6.5% to 10% as 10 per cent population in the province is living below the poverty,” he said while addressing the National Coordination Committee meeting through video link on Wednesday. “The province is looking for assistance from the Centre following the coronavirus pandemic,” he added. Observing that the closure of Pak-Iran border was causing shortage of food items in the province’s bordering towns, the chief minister asked the federal government to play its role in proving relief to the people. “A total of 12,000 Afghans returned to their country after restoration of Chaman border, while more than 10,000 Pakistan

Scope of CPEC to be enhanced in 2nd phase: Pak official

April 9, 2020 Author: CanIndia New Wire Service         Islamabad, April 9 (IANS) The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is making steady progress, and its scope will be further enhanced in the second phase, a top official said here. The industrial development, agriculture, food security, science and technology, and tourism will be the major sectors in the second phase of the multi-billion-dollar project, CPEC Authority in Pakistan Chairman Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a tweet on Wednesday. Many projects focusing on infrastructure and energy sectors in the first phase of CPEC have been completed and are already operational, and work on the second phase was underway, reports Xinhua news agency. Talking to Xinhua, Vaqar Ahmed, joint executive director at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, an Islamabad-based think tank, said that the foreign direct investment by Chinese companies in the special economic zones under CPEC, was expected to be the major contributor to the uplift