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Balochistan the land of Potentials

By  Contributors  -   July 10, 2020   Nawaz Ahmed Balochistan, got the status of province in 1970 after rescindment of one Unit. This is the land of rich culture and diversity where the oldest civilization of about 7000 years is found at Maher garh, District Kechi. It’s awesome geographical location—Afghanistan in north and northwest, Iran to the south west and the Arabian sea to the south, has always made it centripetal to world focus since ages.  Moreover, the province is replete with land and sea resources and home to countless tourism spots stretching over from East to West and North to South that contribute to make it further beautiful. To begin with the mineral wealth, there are plenty of precious minerals lying all over Balochistan and among those the most prominent are Lead- Zinc (found in Khuzdar and Lasbela), Coal (Quetta, Sibi, Harnai, Mach, Duki Chamalang), Iron (Chagai and Mastung), Marble (Khuzdar, Kalat, Loralai, Zhob, Chagai, Ziarat), Barite (Lasbela Khuzdar, Chagai), C

Balochistan’s misplaced development priorities

  by   Adnan Aamir     July 10, 2020   L ast month, Balochistan’s government approved its historically highest budget amid the pandemic. The budget got attention for a whooping deficit of Rs87 billion but the development budget under the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) has largely escaped scrutiny. This year, the total value of PSDP is Rs106 billion and its allocations are a pack of misplaced priorities for the province. Traditionally, the social sector is always ignored in the development budget of Balochistan. This year was no different when the social sectors such as health, education, culture, social welfare, and women development only got 16.57 percent of the development budget. In contrast, the communication and works department – which is entrusted with the construction of buildings and roads – got an allocation of almost 32 percent. This PSDP includes a project for the establishment of Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Authority but only a meagre allocation of

Pakistan on brink of Covid-19 financial collapse

Pakistan is spending too much on the military and debt servicing amid coronavirus-induced economic devastation By  FM SHAKIL JULY 7, 202 A money changer counts Pakistani Rupee notes in Karachi in a file photo. Photo: Agencies PESHAWAR – Pakistan’s financial woes are going from bad to worse as the national fiscal deficit surges to over 7% of gross domestic product (GDP) and could breach 9-10% as state revenues dry up amid Covid-19 economic devastation. That’s raising questions among analysts and business executives of whether the country is headed towards a budgetary blowout-induced financial collapse. Approved by the National Assembly on June 29, Pakistan’s 2020-21 budget is notable for a 3.4 trillion rupees (US$20.7 billion) fiscal gap that officials say will be bridged mainly by bank borrowing. The new budget cuts subsidies, increases petroleum levies, caps salaries and pensions, and slashes provinces’ sh

A group in Europe attempts to reinforce the narrative of Pakistan: BRAS

sangar publication  - 10 Jul, 2020 at 5:18 pm Zamran: BRAS claims the responsibility for killing five army personnel Baloch Khan, a spokesman for the Baloch Raji Ajoi Sangar (BRAS), an umbrella organization of Baloch liberation armed groups, issued a statement to the media from an undisclosed location, claiming responsibility for the July 7 attack on the Pakistani army in the Zamran Jalagi area of Kech District, Balochistan. Baloch Khan said in the statement that BRAS fighters targeted a convoy of five Frontier Corps vehicles, on July 7 at Nahing Kaor in the Zamran area of Kech District as they were heading to “Narom” military camp. The attack completely destroyed two army vehicles, killing five soldiers on the spot and injuring several others. In this fierce attack, the fighters besieged the army for a long time. To save their lives, the enemy army had to call in combat helicopters. However, all our Sarmachars (fighters) managed to get out safely after the attack. Baloch Raji Ajoi San