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Colonies to be built for fishermen in Balochistan

FGEHA, Balochistan govt sign contract Our Correspondent | July 02, 2020
ISLAMABAD:Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) and the Balochistan government have signed an MoU under Naya Pakistan housing programme for provincial government employees, federal government employees and the public. The MoU was signed by DG FGEHA Waseem Hayat Bajwa and Secretary Urban Planning Government of Balochistan Khaleeq Zaman Kiyani. Chief Secretary Capt (retd) Fazeel Asghar was present as chief guest and was briefed by the DG regarding the housing projects under Naya Pakistan initiative taken by FGEHA, where in the first stage, housing projects will be constructed in provincial capital and Gwadar district while the quota for provincial employees will be 60%, 15% for the federal government employees and 25% for the public. Meanwhile, fisherman colonies will be constructed and developed in Pasni, Jewani, Ormara and Damb area of district Lasbela in Balochistan.Published in The Express Tribune…

Two journalists tortured in Pakistan for covering quarantine centre in Balochistan province

ANI | Updated: Jul 03, 2020 05:26 IST Balochistan [Pakistan], July 3 (ANI): Two Pakistan TV reporters were recently tortured for three days by the paramilitary force for covering a quarantine centre located in southwestern Balochistan province, reported Reporters Without Borders (RWF/RSF) while condemning the incident and calling for swift justice.
According to the report, on June 20 Saeed Ali Achakzai, a reporter for the Urdu-language Samaa News TV, and Abdul Mateen Achakzai, a reporter for the Pashtun-language Khyber News TV were called to the Frontier Corps command centre in Chaman, a city near the Afghan border. After three days, they reappeared with their bodies covered with the marks of torture.
"We were blindfolded and taken to a place where we were handed over to the Anti-Terrorism Force that is operated by the Balochistan Levies, and the ATF took us to the notorious Machh prison and tortured us there to the point that you can see signs of the torture on our back," Abdu…

Dhabeji SEZ under CPEC to open new vistas of prosperity for Pakistan

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-03 00:59:51|Editor: huaxia ISLAMABAD, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The Dhabeji special economic zone (SEZ) to be established under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in the southern Sindh province will bring progress in the area, the Sindh Economic Zones Management Company said on Thursday."Dhabeji SEZ would open new vistas of development and prosperity in Sindh by starting economic activities and creating a large number of employment opportunities for people," the company tweeted.The SEZ is one of the nine such zones scheduled to be established under the framework of CPEC to initiate and facilitate industrialization in the country.Pakistan's board of investment said earlier in a report that the country's exports are likely to get a boost with the initiation of the industrialization phase in the SEZs

BHRC denounces Pakistan’s acts of reprisal against families of Baloch insurgents

Date: 2 Jul 2020Author: Admin0 The Baloch human rights council (BHRC) has strongly condemns Pakistan’s acts of reprisal against the families of Baloch insurgents.According to the statement, It is quite concerning that the state establishment of Pakistan is using every possible instance to justify enforced disappearances, although, the United Nations clearly states that Enforced Disappearances cannot be justified under any circumstances either in peace or war.“This came quite recently following the attack on Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) by Baloch insurgents that various media personnel, analysts and social media users linked to the powerful military establishment of Pakistan, interconnected the KSE attackers with the list of victims of enforced disappearances drafted by the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons and tabled in the National Assembly of Pakistan by Sardar Akhtar Mengal of Balochistan National Party. These developments reflect that the security forces of Pakistan and its clandest…

Balochistan: one more ‘Abducted’ from Hub-Chowki

Date: 2 Jul 2020Author: Admin0 After the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, security forces have started military operations in several areas.According to details, Amir Bakhsh son of Yar Mohammad was on his way home from his shop in Hub Chowki, since then his whereabouts are unknown. Amir Bakhsh hails from Tijaban town of Kech.The missing Amir Bakhsh was working in a travel agency in Hub-Chowki.The motive for the man’s disappearance has not been ascertained yet, but in the past, victims of such incidents have blamed the Pakistani military and intelligence agencies.The term ‘abducted’ is widely used in Balochistan to connote arrests made by security forces as the arrested are not presented before court of law and instead kept in military camps.The Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), a campaign group by the families of missing persons has been protesting for more than a decade for the recovery of their loved ones.The VBMP completes 4006 days of continues protest today, on Wednesday…

Baloch nationalist group and leaders support the attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi

Date: 2 Jul 2020Author: Admin0 Nationalist Baloch leaders and groups have vehemently endorsed the suicide attack carried out on Monday on Pakistan’s largest Stock exchange in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan.According to details, Earlier Four Suicide attacker of Baloch Liberation Army’s Majeed Brigade carried-out an attack on Pakistan Stock exchange in Karachi. Killing Seven Policemen and Security Guards.Pro-Independence Baloch leaders and groups released media statements or took Twitter to express their views on the issue.The self-sacrifices of Baloch youngsters are not for fame or obsessiveness, but to break the pride of the enemy, said Dr. Allah Nazar BalochDr. Allah Nazar, a prominent pro-independence Baloch leader while paying tribute to the freedom fighters “martyred” in Karachi, has said that the attack on Karachi Stock Exchange was a warning to Pakistan and China to quit Balochistan. The Baloch nation has decided to take extreme steps to expel them from Balochistan. The gr…

Gwadar port contract is ‘confidential’, federal secretary informs Senate panel

ISLAMABAD: A Senate panel on Thursday was taken aback when a federal secretary declared that the contract governing affairs of the Gwadar port was “confidential” and its details could not be disclosed publicly.The Senate standing committee on finance led by Senator Farooq Hamid Naek on Wednesday had asked federal Secretary of Maritime Affairs Rizwan Ahmed to share copies of contracts and related documents on award of contracts and sub-contracts regarding Gwadar free zone.Mr Rizwan replied that the documents could not be shared with the Senate committee chairman and read out one paragraph from the agreement which says the contents of the agreement will be kept confidential.
The issue has been under discussion at the standing committee for the last three days in the wake of the government’s inclusion of tax concession ordinance in the finance bill 2020. The bill has expired after a one-time extension.Copies of agreement will be given to committee during in-camera meeting …

Sanjrani alarmed over absence of Covid-19 testing facility in Gwadar

ISLAMABAD: Despite ongoing economic activities under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Gwadar lacks medical facilities, especially coronavirus testing facilities, it was revealed on Wednesday.In a letter sent to the Balochistan government, Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has expressed serious concern over the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 infected people in Gwadar and the absence of testing facilities in the district.In this regard, secretariat directions have been issued for the provision of immediate healthcare arrangements and strict adherence to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the virus in the district.Meanwhile, talking to the Egyptian Ambassador in Pakistan, Tarek Dahroug, Sanjrani said that Gwadar was a future hub of world trade and noted that investors from Egypt can benefit from this opportunity.He said that the Senate was ready to provide any support needed in coordination with provincial governments and relevant departments.…

China-Pak Gwadar Faqeer Middle School expansion project completes

The expansion project of China-Pakistan Gwadar Faqeer Middle School has been successfully completed and handed over to Pakistan’s education department, Gwadar Pro reported on Wednesday. Supervised by Gwadar Development Authority (GDA), the expansion project was funded by China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD) and constructed by CCCC-FHDI Engineering Co Ltd, a large-scale design company in China.According to CFPD, the expansion work was never an easy one amid Covid-19 pandemic, the shortage of engineering materials, technologies and construction personnel and security risks striking at the same time. However, engineers from CCCC-FHDI Engineering made feasible plans and took measures to guarantee the quality and processing of the expansion project, and the construction was completed ahead of the schedule.Covering an area of 1,600 square meters, China-Pakistan Gwadar Faqeer Middle School is equipped with two teaching buildings and supporting facilities after the expansion. It w…

FATAH: China pillages Balochistan

BY TAREK FATAHORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: JUL 1, 2020 Flags of Pakistan and China painted on cracked wall.Illustration / Getty  https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/fatah-china-pillages-balochistan
On March 29, 2011, the celebrated Irish journalist Declan Walsh wrote about a 70-year-old conflict that few in the West had heard off. It was about Balochistan, which has been under Pakistani occupation since March 1948.Headlined as ‘Pakistan’s Secret Dirty War,’ Walsh lifted the lid on atrocities being committed by the Pakistan Army and its jihadi death squads inside Balochistan.He wrote: “In Balochistan, mutilated corpses bearing the signs of torture keep turning up, among them lawyers, students and farm workers … The bodies surface quietly, like corks bobbing up in the dark. They come in twos and threes, a few times a week, dumped on desolate mountains or empty city roads, bearing the scars of great cruelty. Arms and legs are snapped; faces are bruised and swollen. Flesh is sliced wi…