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Gwadar’s identity is football, not cricket’

World went crazy over a cricketing stadium, but no one wants to talk about footballers Natasha Raheel  |  February 21, 2021     KARACHI: "Cricket was nowhere. Gwadar's sport is football, and I can only say that the government needs to invest more in football than cricket, at least in Gwadar," rues a football official affiliated with the Gwadar Port Trust team that missed the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) National Challenge Cup in December because of the lack of funds. His reaction is the same as many others' may be in Gwadar who see football as their primary sport and not cricket, corroborating the official's reaction to the newly opened cricket stadium in Gwadar that saw extensive coverage last week. Allah Bux of Baloch Football Club Gwadar adds that there is no opportunity for footballers to grow in Pakistan and especially in Gwadar despite the talent and drive of the players, although having a cricket stadium is not in itself a bad thing. "Cricket is

Multiple projects for Gwadar, Lasbella uplift on cards

      ISLAMABAD - The Balochistan government will soon start carrying out multiple development projects amounting to Rs 12.3 billion in as many as 45 union councils of Gwadar and Lasbella for socio-economic development of its residents.  All the proposed development projects had received approval of the competent authority, an official of the Balochistan government told APP. He said the approved projects included construction of two Jetties at Jiwani and Ormara and floating Jetti at Kundmalir, establishment of eight hatcheries and 80 commercial net cultures. Under the special development initiative, he said programmes would be initiated with an aim to impart vocational and technical trainings to around 12,000 females and 6,300 males. The official said the government was striving to develop the coastal area, with an objective to pull the people out of poverty by covering all ultra-poor households. 321 officials sacked for corruption in Afghanistan In addition to digitization, he said mo

Plans for $10bn Aramco refinery in Pakistani ‘oil city’ ready by year-end

KHURSHID AHMED 20 February 2021       A masterplan for Pakistan’s largest oil city, including a $10 billion Aramco oil refinery project, is underway and expected to be ready before the end of the year. (File/AFP) Short Url https://arab.news/25xqz Officials: Investment in province “could increase per capita income to $15,000 by 2025” The $10 billion Aramco Oil Refinery is expected to take five to six years from inception to commissioning GWADAR: A masterplan for Pakistan’s largest oil city, including a $10 billion Aramco oil refinery project, is underway and expected to be ready before the end of the year, Pakistani officials said this week. The proposed mega oil city will be developed on 88,000 acres of land in the Gwadar district of the southwestern Balochistan province to refine and process petroleum products mainly imported from the Gulf region, for local and regional consumption. “The planning for the mega oil city which will host an Aramco refinery and petrochemical complex is in

Practical steps afoot for peace in Balochistan: Sh Rashid

Top Story APP February 22, 2021 QUETTA: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Sunday said that all possible steps were being taken to ensure peace in Balochistan in order to put the province on track of development.The full... QUETTA: Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Sunday said that all possible steps were being taken to ensure peace in Balochistan in order to put the province on track of development. The full implementation of all points of the National Action Plan will be ensured, he said while visiting Headquarters Frontier Corps Balochistan. He said that inter-provincial liaison would be further improved for the betterment of law and order situation. The minister called on IGFC North Major General Muhammad Yousuf Majoka. He also praised the role of Frontier Corps Balochistan in maintaining law and order situation in the province

CPEC in full swing; Gwadar SEZ to be declared tax-free zone soon

Balochistan government is inviting investors to Gwadar for the generation of revenue By Mian Abrar ISLAMABAD:  Balochistan government is working on a plan to declare Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Gwadar as a tax-free zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a one-window system is also being introduced to facilitate the local and foreign investors. An official source told  Pakistan Today  that the development projects in Gwadar are being completed under the CPEC framework and the Balochistan government is undertaking numerous projects worth Rs20 billion for the uplift of the people of Gwadar. The official said that the Balochistan government is inviting investors to Gwadar for the generation of revenue which can help Gwadar transform into an economic hub of the region. The official said that a 250-km-long road network has been laid in Gwadar to facilitate smooth traffic. The official added that Gwadar industrial zone would comprise of three parts while an education ci

Dalag — a popular Balochi dish

One of the most beautiful aspects of being a Pakistani is tasting authentic and yummy dishes of several cultures. Among them the taste of Balochistan is the most Unique and different one. Balochistan has the most mouth-watering, traditional and cultural food delicacies in the country. Moreover, the Baloch are quite popular for their hospitability as they warmly welcome their guests with feasts that are rich in appetising food dishes. The recipes of Balochi cuisines are famous all over the world for their uniqueness and authenticity. One of most enticing dish of Balochistan is Dalag. Dalag is a Balochi traditional dish. It is one of the most exotic dishes among Baloch particularly in Makran region. This dish-Dalag was invented by Baloch people themselves and is the most delectable dishes of all time. Furthermore, the name of this dish-Dalag, gives us a hint about its origin. Dalag is a Balochi word and has been originated from Daal (pulse). Another reason why this dish is known as Dalag

Partition’s grandchildren: The Pashto speaking Hindus in Jaipur

India By Shueyb Gandapur February 14, 2021 at 5:00 PM Shilpi Gulati, the director of Dera tun Dilli (Dera to Delhi) documentary, had suggested that, since I had Jaipur on my itinerary, I should meet her namesake there, who had been researching the origins and customs of Hindu Pashtuns in India. Enter Shilpi Batra Adwani, director of a documentary titled Sheen Khalai (blue tattooed-dots) on the subject of Pashto speaking Hindus of Jaipur. I waited for Shilpi Adwani at Tapri Café. Atif Aslam’s ‘Mori Araj Suno’ started playing in the background. She arrived. “Starriya ma se” (May you not be tired), I greeted her as we shook hands. “Pakhairraghle,” (Welcome) she replied with a giggle. Tea was brought in an old-style kettle, accompanied by cutting glasses. As opposed to my Dera Ismail Khan investigation which had been on the agenda of my India trip before it started, discovering this window to a forgotten piece of history of the other part of my identity came as an unexpectedly amazing reve

CPEC projects bring more electricity to Pakistan

National INP February 21, 2021 ISLAMABAD: CPEC projects not only brought electricity to Pakistan, but also trained professionals, and contributed to the well-being of local people for Pakistan.This was stated by Muhammad Muneeb,... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: CPEC projects not only brought electricity to Pakistan, but also trained professionals, and contributed to the well-being of local people for Pakistan. This was stated by Muhammad Muneeb, a senior official of Sahiwal Coal-fired Power Station, who awarded the Outstanding Pakistani Employee of CPEC Project by the Chinese Embassy, according to a report published by Gwadar Pro on Saturday. The Sahiwal project, initiated in 2015, plays a crucial role in domestic electricity supply. Muneeb introduced to Gwadar Pro that Sahiwal lies in the industrial hub region between Lahore, Multan and Faisalabad. Its location was chosen as an electric load center. “As the CPEC power projects entered the system, the country’s load shedding