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Balochistan health DG claims 90% of province infected with coronavirus

SAMAA |  Posted: Jun 13, 2020 | Last Updated: 3 days ago Photo: AFP Balochistan Director-General of Health Services Dr Saleem Abro claimed on Friday that 90% of the province’s population has been infected with the novel coronavirus.In a press conference, the DG health said that test results will prove his claim. He added that the entire province will be infected by August.The rate of spread of the virus has increased from 15% to 35% and is now 40%, says Dr Abro.According to official figures provided by the health department on Friday,  Balochistan has conducted a total of 36,277 tests on its population of 12.34 million.Out of those tested, 7,866 were positive for the virus. The health department said that there were 36,588 suspected cases in the province.In his news conference, Dr Abro said 1,400 to 1,500 tests are being done on a daily basis in Balochistan. However, official figures show that on Friday around 865 tests were conducted.Dr Abro also claimed a lack of mass te…

At all costs”: How Pakistan and China control the narrative on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Madiha Afzal June 2020 Download the full report
Executive Summary
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), China’s 15-year, $62 billion investment in Pakistan and the flagship project of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), took the five-decade long strategic alliance between the two countries to the economic sphere in 2015. CPEC is best seen as the economic peg in the wider strategic relationship between Pakistan and China.
While the plan’s details — the terms of the investments and loans, *the full extent of the projects, and the overall cost to Pakistan — remain opaque,* the Chinese and Pakistani governments have together zealously aimed to control and drive the narrative on CPEC, aggressively stamping out criticism.
Zhao Lijian, formerly China’s deputy chief of mission (DCM)  in Islamabad, was a central character in China’s control of information on CPEC, hitting back against critics on social media from his perch at the Chinese Embassy. His success in that sphere saw him promoted t…

Another woman brutally stabbed and killed in Kech

Date: 15 Jun 2020 Current Balochistan  Robbers killled another woman during a robbery in Balochistan’s Kech district on Sunday night.According to details, a woman named Kulsoom was killed by dacoits during a robbery in Tump area of Kech district last night.The incident took place in Dazzin area of Tump, when dacoits intruder a house and looted all the valuables in the house and killed the woman in front of her child.Abdulla Abbas, information secretary of Human Rights council of Balochistan (HRCB) said in a tweet that Dazin incident is another brutal incident where a woman was stabbed to death.People have to decide for themselves either they remain silent and wait for the next incidents or keep protesting till justice is not served. Army & its goons must not get away with bloods on their hands.A spokesman for the strongly condemned last night’s incident in Tump Dazin in which armed robbers entered a house and killed a woman named Kulsoom S/o Saeed during a robbery.Condemning the att…

IN SEARCH OF JUSTICE

March 25, 2018
A map showing the extensive area comprising the “Empty Quarter”, one of the most underdeveloped areas in Balochistan despite having produced five chief ministers | Photo from the book'Balochistan is the most deprived province.’ This is the oft-repeated line used by nationalist politicians of Balochistan. But such claims are mere rhetoric. These politicians are often unable to present any evidence with which to back up their concern. However, Dr Kaiser Bengali, in his new book A Cry for Justice: Empirical Insights from Balochistan, presents a case of the region’s state of deprivation in a very articulate manner. The book, which focuses on political economy, provides a concrete, factual basis that can be used to plead the case of deprivation of Balochistan in the federal structure of Pakistan.Dr Bengali is a noted economist who, from 2013 to 2016, served as the head of the Chief Ministers’ Policy Reforms Unit (CMPRU) in Balochistan. During his stint as CMPRU…

BNM chief slams China for its imperialist ambitions in Balochistan

Quetta [Balochistan], June 15 (ANI): Chairman of Baloch National Movement (BNM), Khalil Baloch, has said in a statement that the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is part of China’s global Belt and Road project under which Beijing is working in Balochistan to achieve its strategic goals.Updated on Jun 15, 2020 17:54:05 IST | By ANI Quetta [Balochistan], June 15 (ANI): Chairman of Baloch National Movement (BNM), Khalil Baloch, has said in a statement that the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is part of China’s global Belt and Road project under which Beijing is working in Balochistan to achieve its strategic goals.
“CPEC project has been portrayed as an economic project by Pakistani parliamentary parties, including the National Party, who have secured financial incentives by supporting Pakistan and China. The National Party has fully supported the federal government of Pakistan in negotiating to sell Balochistan to China under Nawaz …

CPEC placed in cold storage due to influence from West’

UpdatedJun 15, 202009:23am KARACHI: Well-known economist Dr Kasier Bengali has said that Pakistan’s economic policies are being made in Washington and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sent its people to sit in major institutions, which is why there is no mention of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the budget 2020-21.Speaking during a webinar organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) on Sunday, he said due to the influence from the West the government had placed CPEC in cold storage. “Pakistan’s economy is mainly relying on foreign loans, so the economic managers are trying to appease the IMF and other international lenders by not mentioning the CPEC,” he said.“The budget 2020-21 is a traditional budget, which has no focus on changing economic priorities,” he remarked.
He said many industries in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy were feared to be closed down due to the economic crisis arising…