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Oil and gas exploration sector: Poor law and order affecting investment, says Qamar\01\29\story_29-1-2010_pg5_1 * Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Naveed Qamar says bids for new oil exploration blocks in June By Ijaz Kakakhel ISLAMABAD: Poor law and order situation has affected the oil and gas exploration activities and portraying a positive image of Pakistan across the world is essential for investment in oil and gas exploration activities, said Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Naveed Qamar. Addressing a seminar in Islamabad on Thursday he said the government will take bids for new oil and gas exploration blocks by June this year. The minister said Pakistan was still offering enormous profitable opportunities to oil and gas exploration companies as they are benefiting from the favourable atmosphere. “Consultations with Iran on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline are on advance stage and the final agreement will be signed before February 15,” he maintained. He said Pakistan was

Two Punjabi settlers killed in Balochistan

Daily Times, Pakistan\01\29\story_29-1-2010_pg7_6 QUETTA: Two Punjabi settlers were gunned down in Balochistan in separate incidents in Khuzdar and Labela districts on Thursday. According to Khuzdar police, 38-year-old Dr Fahim Sajid – originally from Multan district – was gunned down by a man disguised as a patient at Sajid’s private clinic. The unidentified assailant opened fire at the doctor while he was checking him. Sajid died at the spot. Punjabi settler Abdul Haq was killed in Hub area of Lasbela district. Officials said unidentified men opened fire at the shopkeeper who died on the spot. No group has claimed responsibility for the killings yet. In another incident, at least two people – Shakir Ali and Shahbaz Ahmed – were injured after unidentified masked men – on a motorbike – hurled a hand grenade at a shop owned by a non-local in Noshki district. The injured were immediately shifted to Quetta for treatment. staff report

Two killed, 20 injured in Jaffarabad blast\01\29\story_29-1-2010_pg7_4 Staff Report QUETTA: Two people were killed and another 20 injured when a bomb went off in Jaffarabad district of Balochistan on Thursday. District Police Officer Syed Farid Ali Shah said the bomb had been attached to a motorcycle parked by the roadside in Sohabatpur area of Jaffarabad. The deceased were identified as Sawali Khan Brohvi and Pervez Ahmed. The injured were moved to hospitals in Jacobabad and Dera Allah Yar for treatment, where the condition of three of the injured was reported to be critical. The DPO said the people behind an attack on him and his convoy earlier this week were responsible for Thursday’s bomb blast as well. The Baloch Republican Army had claimed responsibility for the attack on the DPO’s convoy. Residents of the area later staged a rally against the police for failing to improve the law and order situation in the area and demanded the deployment of the Frontier Corps

PLF sees conspiracy against lawyers’ unity

The Baloch Hal News PLF sees conspiracy against lawyers’ unity QUETTA: General Secretary Peoples Lawyers Forum Balochistan chapter, Tahir A Khan Advocate said on Wednesday hidden hands were involved in hatching conspiracy to damage democracy and divide lawyers’ community. In an interview with APP here, he alleged that lawyers’ movement for reinstatement of deposed judiciary, was now being put on wrong track after restoration of the deposed judges. He recalled that a number of lawyers hailing from the Pakistan Peoples Party and the Peoples Lawyers Forum paid numerous sacrifices during lawyers’ movement for an independent and free judiciary. Under the Judicial Policy, Khan said the courts had been instructed to dispose of under trial cases timely and without unnecessary delay. Whereas he added the courts were facing hardships to fulfil their job under various reasons. The courts are required to take up the cases which had been pending for the last 14 years or above. For instance som

Infant mortality rate alarmingly increased: Dr. Bizenjo

The Baloch Hal News DERA MURAD JAMALI: Mortality ratio among women and children has increased to an alarming level in Pakistan and World Health Organisation and Government of Pakistan have evolved a strategy to overcome this. This was stated by provincial chief of National Maternal Newborn and Child Health (NMCH) Dr Yusuf Bizenjo while speaking with Correspondents and NGOs representatives after a special meeting here Wednesdy. He also visited Nasirabad, Kachhi, Jaffarabad and Jhal Magsi districts. Dr Yusuf said that a comprehensive programme has been evolved in collaboration with World Health Organisation on behalf of United Nations upto 2015 for reduction in death of mother and children in all the four provinces and Azad Kashmir. He said Public Health School and hostels were being established for training of educated women of Nasirabad Division in Dera Murad Jamali. It would start form March 201