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CPEC: China expresses concern over BLA's militancy in Pakistan

At least a dozen odd attacks have been carried out on Chinese properties and citizens by the BLA over the last few years. China expresses concern over BLA's militancy in PakistanDhairya MaheshwariNew DelhiJune 06, 2020 22:40 IS
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The upswing in militancy in the province of Balochistan by ethnic groups calling for independence from Pakistan poses a security challenge to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Beijing's Consulate General in Karachi Li Bijian said on Thursday, during his live remarks in a panel discussion on the Gwadar port. There are "security challenges" facing us, said the Chinese diplomat."Security also includes many more aspects," Li clarified in a message to India TV, when asked to elaborate on his remarks. He added that this was a "sensitive issue" for the Chinese government, when asked for detail…

Only Quetta is treating corona patients in Balochistan

Pakistan Naseem Hameed Yousafzai June 06, 2020 QUETTA: Balochistan is not so badly affected by Covid-19 as the other provinces are because of its thin population and scattered localities, but, according to the Health Department, 51 people have... https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/668798-only-quetta-is-treating-corona-patients-in-balochistan
QUETTA: Balochistan is not so badly affected by Covid-19 as the other provinces are because of its thin population and scattered localities, but, according to the Health Department, 51 people have so far died from Covid-19 in the province.Former Chief Justice of Balochistan Ghulam Mustafa Mengal, his wife, three doctors, MPA Syed Fazal Agha, former minister Sardar Tareen, SP Ch Mushtaq, two senior paramedic brothers and the father of an additional secretary are among the coronavirus victims.Lack of health facilities in government hospitals to blame for health crisis in the province. Interior Balochistan face shortage of hospitals and clinics due to which…

Freeze non-development expenditure, demands IMF

Top Story Mehtab Haider June 5, 2020
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Play Video Freeze non-development expenditure, demands IMF ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked Pakistan to undertake massive fiscal adjustments of Rs1,150 billion to bring down primary deficit at negative 0.4 percent of GDP for the upcoming budget 2020-21 post COVID-19 pandemic. The IMF staff proposed freezing all major non-development expenditures heads, including salaries and defence, in order to bring down primary deficit from projected negative 2.9 percent in outgoing fiscal year to -0.4 percent of GDP in the next budget for 2020-21.Top officials sources confirmed that the stalled IMF programme under the $6 billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF) could only be revived provided the government demonstrates its ability to present and pass the next budget for 2020-21 to align with the IMF’s envisaged macroeconomic framework.Any major deviation from p…

Abysmal human rights situation in Balochistan

By Dr Nazir Ahmad Mir - June 6, 2020
On the Eid-ul-Fitr day this year, instead of celebrating and feasting, relatives of Baloch missing persons chose to assemble outside Quetta press club and stage a hunger strike. They demanded the early return of those missing so that it could be a happy occasion for them to celebrate. The sad case of missing persons has been going on for decades now. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has over the years condemned the Pakistan state for its dismal record in handling the cases of enforced disappearances in Balochistan and hinted at the involvement of state agencies in such cases. Media personalities taking up this issue have been coerced into silence; the attack on Hamid Mir in 2014, a well-known Pakistani journalist, is a case in point. In August 2019, members of the HRCP lamented that “the Government of Pakistan has always treated Balochistan as a conflict zone” from where truth does not see the light of the day. The approach of mainstream…

Pakistan Army runs 'death squads' in Balochistan to eliminate Baloch people, says BNM

Pakistan Army runs 'death squads' in Balochistan to eliminate Baloch people, says BNMANI | Updated: Jun 05, 2020 16:53 IST London [UK], June 5 (ANI): The Baloch National Movement (BNM) has urged the international community, especially neighbouring countries including India, to protect the Baloch people from Pakistan Army's "death squads".
Hakeem Baloch, President of BNM (UK chapter) made the comments in the wake of massive protests that erupted across Balochistan after a four-year-old child, Bramsh, was seriously injured and her mother, Malik Naaz, shot dead by assailants in Makran area in the province.
Some Baloch social media activists are pointing fingers at Zahoor Buledi -- the Minister for Finance of Balochistan provincial government to be having connections with the gang.
Hakeem told ANI, "We know the mentality of PakistanPakistan Army, military intelligence and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as once this matter gets settled down, once the people go t…