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Dreams of poor children April 14, 2017      Munaj Gul Muhammad Turbat, Kech Balochistan is the most problematic province of Pakistan where the education system is totally pulverised and is also in a shabby condition. According to an estimate more than 1.5 million children are out of school and most of them are girls till today. Balochistan despite being the richest in terms of natural resources and least populated province is facing many issues; education is among them. A survey of 2015 by Aser revealed that in Balochistan more than 60pc of class five students cannot read English book of grade 2 and 55 percent cannot read Urdu book of class 2. It is really miserable! It is a serious matter for us to think about it. In Balochistan, the education system is very critical condition due to the absenteeism of teachers and lack of other fundamental requirements. Recently, a Kolahoo-based person said, “My son has a dream to be a doctor but I am very much depressed be

Indians, Baloch and Afghans protested in US

Protest in Washington DC as Musharraf gave a talk at john Hopkins university of international studies. OFBJP supported Baloch Americans . People from Afghanistan also participated today April 13

Is CPEC really a Game changer for Pakistan Dr.Sudershan Kumar Trading and human communications has been happening since prehistoric times.  Central Asia had been the economic centre in the middle ages. Meanwhile long distance trade even felicitated exchange of religious, cultural and ethnic values between the various civilizations of Europe and Asia since antiquity making Eurasia crisscrossed by the various communication paths of traders linked across land and sea. The East and West parts of the world were linked via sea for trading between the various countries. The famous “SILK ROUTE” from the chapters of ancient history exemplifies the trade system of the past which connected China with the Mediterranean region. People’s Republic of China got independence on 1 October,1949. Since then, the South China sea route has been used by the Chinese companies for trading with the Middle East, Europe and South African countries. This route encompasses South China sea, the Str

Top politicians, influentials are ‘power pilferers’ April 14, 2017 ISLAMABAD - Federal Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif told the National Assembly that big politicians were involved in electricity pilferage. During the question-hour in the National Assembly Thursday, he said, “I was stopped from presenting the list of power stealers in the house.” He, however, vowed there would be no deal on power pilferage and the entire matter would be presented in the NA. To a question, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that the generation capacity of electricity is continuously increasing whereas loadshedding is gradually decreasing in the country due to the relentless efforts of the government. He hoped that for incoming summer season, approximately 3870MW generation is expected to be added to the national grid by June 2017. He said in urban areas expected loadshedding would be reduced to four hours while six hours in rural and

Mishandled China-Pakistan Economic Corridor could misfire

April 13, 2017 4:10 pm JST Jonathan Hillman April 13, 2017 4:10 pm JST Jonathan Hillman Islamabad may be attempting too much, too fast amid mounting debt problems Gwadar Port, a key project in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, in Gwadar, Pakistan in 2016 © Reuters It has been a tumultuous two years in Pakistan and China's regional interactions. Since it was launched on April 20, 2015, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has sparked praise, skepticism, and even violence. The result is widespread confusion about what is driving this $55 billion energy and infrastructure effort, and how it will impact the region. Praise has been heaped on the initiative by leaders of both countries. In a speech to Pakistan's parliament two years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping described CPEC as central to an "all-weather strategic cooperative partnership." T

ADB team terms road system key to CPEC’s success By  Our Correspondent Published: April 13, 2017 LAHORE:  A team of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), led by Peter Turner, on Wednesday called on Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President Abdul Basit and discussed a number of issues including national transportation policy, economic development of Pakistan and the current business climate. LCCI Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa and Zeeshan Khalil also spoke on the occasion. Turner said that effectiveness of the transportation system is directly related to trade and economic activities. Basit said that inefficiencies in the performance of the transport sector of Pakistan costs the economy 4 to 6% of the Gross Domestic Product annually. He said that the ADB has been assisting Pakistan to address this issue but investment in transportation infrastructure must be backed by institutional improvement. On the China-Pakistan Economic Corr

Punjab to release Mangla water for Sindh, Balochistan Munawar Hasan April 14, 2017 LAHORE: The Punjab government has agreed to defer filling of Mangla Dam in order to ensure additional supplies for Sindh and Balochistan following persistent decline in the River Indus flows in the last several weeks. “Yes, we have decided to abandon the filling of Mangla reservoir by expressing willingness at the forum of Indus River System Authority (IRSA) to release up to 15,000 to 20,000 cusecs additional water daily with a view to supplying up to 10,000 cusecs of water to Sindh and Balochistan provinces via Punjnad Barrage,” a senior official told The News. The outflow from Mangla Dam on River Jhelum, therefore, has been increased from 35,000 cusecs to 60,000 cusecs in the last 48 hours. The additional outflows will also help Punjab to fully run canals of cotton zone for timely sowing of crop in the province, he added. Owing to widespread rains in catchme

Balochistan: one extrajudicially killed, fifteen abducted

(Quetta Sangar News)On 10 April 2017, Decomposed body of Washdil Faqir resident of Syah Domb district Panjgur found dumped in Sabzap area of district Panjgur. Washdil was abducted on 20 March 2017 along with eight others from Darkop area of Gichk district Panjgur. On 11 April 2017, Pakistani security forces abducted 11 years old Arif Shakir in front of a military camp in Tal area of Hoshab district Kech, and another teenager, 13 years old Nadim Shahdad was abducted by intelligence agencies from Tal area, who is a resident of Talsar Hoshab district Kech, Balochistan. On the same day, security forces abducted Akbar Jumma from Jan Mohammad Bazar of Kalero, Dasht district Kech. On 10 April 2017, security forces surrounded a football ground in Tump district Kech and abducted five civilians, Fahad Nizar, Shahab, Kifa, Shaho and Waju. On 4 April 2017, security forces started a military operation in Waja Bag in Jhaoo district Awaran and abducted 12 years old Bahar Ibrahim, Mulla Mazar Ibr

Govt approves $1 billion road projects under CPEC By  Our Correspondent Published: April 13, 2017 ISLAMABAD :  The federal government approved three new road infrastructure projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) on Wednesday, which will be built at a cost of $1 billion, with the aim of completing the missing links to connect the Gwadar port with Kashgar. The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) – the body empowered with the highest economic decision-making authority – sanctioned these projects, which will assist in finalising loan agreements with the Chinese authorities. K-P allows state-run firms to work on CPEC projects The projects include a 280km road from Raikot to Thakot at a cost of Rs8 billion, a 210km dual carriageway from Yarik to Zhob worth Rs76.5 billion and a 110km road from Basima to Khuzdar which will cost Rs19.2 billion. The Joint Cooperation Committee – the CPEC’s decision-making body – h

CPEC and the Future of Gilgit Baltistan Zainab Akhter April 13, 2017 Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), formerly known as the Northern Areas, which is an integral part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir but currently under Pakistani occupation, has come into prominence with the announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). CPEC, a part of China’s broader One-Belt-One-Road (OBOR) initiative, is widely hailed in Pakistan as a game changer that is destined to bring considerable economic benefits. But amidst the debate in Pakistan focused on the economics and politics of CPEC, the aspirations of the people of GB are being ignored. Any voice raised against CPEC is muffled by the media. Nobody in Pakistan is clear as to where GB stands in the larger narrative on CPEC. CPEC: Where is GB placed? When it comes to development, GB remains the most neglected region under Pakistani control. There has not been any serious effort by succe

In Dealing With Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan Wants to Shock and Awe  Raghu Raman   There will be much drama in the Indian media and political circles over Kulbhushan Jadhav  – and Pakistan will milk this opportunity to the fullest. Pakistan’s outgoing army chief Gen Raheel Sharif (right) hands over a ceremonial baton to his successor Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa at the Change of Command ceremony in Rawalpindi on November 30, 2016. Credit: PTI The imposition of a death sentence on Kulbhushan Jadhav one year after the former Indian naval officer was captured is the latest in the Pakistani military’s efforts to keep the India-Pakistan issue on the boil. Whether Jadhav was a deep cover intelligence operative or not is a moot point. A capturing country will likely always make claims about the heinous complicity of a ‘spy’ in fomenting unrest and sabotage, backed by ‘confessions’. Denials by the protesting country – in this case India – about the specious charges levelled o