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Editorial: Electricity woes

Editorial: Electricity woes\03\23\story_23-3-2010_pg3_1 One would think that with temperatures soaring and power outages reaching devastating proportions, the government would latch onto any carrot on a stick if it promised a reduction in the misery we have all become accustomed to in the summer months. Imagine the citizens’ surprise, then, at the inactivity of the ruling quarters in availing a very generous, very efficient power supply solution from Iran. Proposing a grant of close to 1,100 MW — with an option of doubling the amount — at subsidised rates for the energy sector, Iran is willing to go the good Samaritan route, provided that necessary infrastructure and processes are developed to completely reap the benefits of this power package. However, Islamabad has remained shockingly mum about this, giving the Iranians reason to doublethink their charitable overture, as expressed by Iranian Ambassador Masha’allah Shakeri when he r

Professor gunned down in Quetta Nationalist, political parities slam killing; blast kills man, injures four Tuesday, March 23, 2010 By Muhammad Ejaz Khan QUETTA: Professor Fazal Bari, a prominent educationist and former chairman of the Balochistan Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), was killed in the fresh incident of target killing in the Takhtani bypass area of Quetta on Monday. The police said Professor Fazal Bari was on his way to the Tameer-i-Nuo Public School, where he had been serving as the principal, from his home. As he reached the Bypass Road from Sariab Link Road, some unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on his car and fled. Resultantly, Professor Bari and his driver sustained multiple bullet wounds. They were immediately rushed to the Civil Hospital. Professor Bari succumbed to his wounds before he was provided any medical aid. His driver, however, was admitted to the Civil Hospital. After the killing of Professor

Raisani sees foreign hand in Balochistan insurgency Tuesday, March 23, 2010 QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani, while expressing concern over increasing incidents of target killing in the province, hinted the involvement of a foreign hand in the unrest. He also condemned Professor Fazal Bari’s murder, saying it was an irreparable loss to the education of the province. He underlined the services rendered by the deceased and prayed for his soul Talking to media persons after the assembly session here on Monday, Raisani said it was impossible to carry out such activities without the financial support. He added that elements with ulterior motives want to create anarchy by disturbing the peaceful environment of the province. Raisani said the perpetrators involved in these heinous crimes will be dealt with sternly. “We know the way how to crush the elements involved in insurgency as the government is not helpless and powerless,” he added. About the political

Malik alleges Indian role in Balochistan unrest\03\23\story_23-3-2010_pg7_14 * Interior minister says FIRs for 80 percent of missing Baloch people have been registered Staff Report ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday informed the Senate that the government had undeniable proofs of the Indian government’s involvement in sabotage activities in Balochistan. Malik said he could divulge the information to parliamentarians in an in-camera meeting, adding that those carrying out terrorist activities in the province were trained in other countries and were being provided arms and funding from abroad. He said the list of missing persons had many dubious names, including some people who were in Afghanistan to receive militant training and some who were in Dubai perpetuating anti-Pakistan activities. He said the issue had been raised with Afghan President Hamid Karazi and Afghan intelligence chief during their visit to Islamabad, adding that both had admitted that around 5