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Balochistan govt withdraws Rs1b education funds

http :// 90 percent schools lack water, toilets, 25 percent have no buildings August 07, 2017 Quetta - The Balochistan government has withdrawn the authorisation for the release of Rs1 billion funds earmarked for the provision of potable water and toilet facilities in government schools across the province where 90 percent institutes lack these facilities. In a letter addressed to the secretary of the Balochistan Finance Department, Planning and Development Department’s Education Section Chief Abdul Rahim said that the authorisation of the Rs1 billion funds has been withdrawn for the release for the scheme “Chief Minister’s Programme for the Provision of Drinking Water and Toilets” reflected in PSDP 2016-17 at S No 1539. There is much space and room for reforms in Balochistan’s crippled and roughly administered education sector. Overwhelmed political peeping, unenthusiastic willpower for edu

Six BLF militants surrender Behram Baloch August 07, 2017 GWADAR: Two important leaders and four other militants belonging to the banned Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) have surrendered themselves to security forces and announced that they were joining the mainstream politics in the country. During a ceremony held here on Sunday, the six men handed over their weapons to Colonel Ali Saeed of Frontier Corps and other officials. The two former militant leaders were identified as Hali alias Hahaz and Rafiq alias Aamir, and the four others as Nawaz alias Kia, Faiz alias Koh- Perawarish , Balaach and Mero alias Meerak . Hali and Rafiq said on the occasion that they would remain loyal to the state and work for the progress of the country. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD “ We have decided to end our armed struggle against the state and join the mainstream politics to serve the country and its people who were facing hardship and hunger due to war-like situat

Work on CPEC Western Route underway ISLAMABAD - The construction and land acquisition work on all portions of the Western Route of China Pakistan Economic Corridor is under way and it is expected the major work on the Route would be completed by next year. The shortest of all CPEC routes is Western Alignment of the CPEC which is 2,463 km in length and starts from Khunjrab , passing through Burhan ( Hakla ), DI Khan ( Yarik ), Zhob , Quetta, Surab and Hoshab and terminates at Gwadar. An official of Planning Commission told APP that the Western Routes' 615 kilometer Khunjrab-Raikot section has already been completed while Havelian- Abotabad-Manshehra (40 km) section will be completed by May, 2018. He said work on construction of all five sections of Hakla-D.I.Khan Expressway has begun. This project is an important part of Western Route of CPEC and the 285 km-long Motorway will be completed in two years at a cost of more than Rs 142 bi

Loans to agri sector rise, but discrepancies exist Mohiuddin Aazim August 07, 2017 AGRICULTURAL lending reached an all-time high of Rs704.5 billion in the last fiscal year. For this year the target is even higher at Rs1 trillion. Recovery in agricultural output in the last fiscal year has emboldened banks to readily accept this target. Top bankers say they hope to meet the target as demand for farm loans are likely to remain high and as banks work upon improving lending practices. But whether banks will also be able to remove geographical and other discrepancies — Balochistan gets about 0.1 per cent of total farm loans — in extending agricultural loans has yet to be seen . The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is making reporting requirements more candid to make sure they can. Balochistan’s contribution to national agriculture is around 3pc to 4pc. ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD “Geographical discrepancy in farm lending is a fact. But underlying factors

Balochistan: Eight innocent people killed in Kohistan Marri and Dera Bugti offensives about 16 hours ago QUETTA:  Pakistani FC and army have been carrying out joint military offensives in Dera Bugti and Kohistan Marri region of Balochistan from past three consecutive days. At least eight people including two children and two women have been killed and several others wounded. The Baloch Liberation Army spokesperson, Azad Baloch, informed media sources on Friday that Pakistani forces have started fresh military offensives in different areas of Kohistan Marri in Balochistan on Thursday. The Pakistani army and para military have laid a siege around different areas including Jannatali Lop, Sekhain, Galo, Padkae, Soren Kaor and Seyahkoh, and started a search operation in the besieged areas. According to the BLA statement, at least 25 military vehicles backed by gunship helicopters took part in the offensives. The ground forces opened indiscriminate fi

Op Radd-ul Fasaad: Four terrorists killed in Balochistan operation By GEO NEWS   Sunday Aug 06, 2017 QUETTA: Under the ongoing Operation Radd-ul Fasaad, Frontier Corps Balochistan conducted an operation the province’s Dera Bugti and Kohlu areas . According to the ISPR, the operation was carried out upon a tip-off in which four terrorists were killed during shootout with the FC. In the operation, several militant hideouts were also destroyed, according to the ISPR. Killed terrorists were involved in attacks on security forces and miscreant activities. The ISPR said that mines, explosive material and tools of communication were also recovered during raid.

CPEC security costs Editorial August 07, 2017 THE inevitable is now slowly coming to pass. Costs that were not originally part of the tariffs granted to CPEC power projects are being passed to consumers, starting with the added cost of security. When Nepra, the power regulator, first took suo motu notice of a summary approved by the Economic Coordination Committee, which approved the “issuance of a policy directive to Nepra to allow 1pc of the capital cost” of all CPEC projects to pay for security expenses, it appeared that the idea was to examine the legality of such a “policy directive”, as well as the merits of bundling security costs into the tariff. But in the decision released on Thursday, it turns out Nepra was only going through the motions with the intention of bowing to the demands of the ECC. Not only was notice of the matter taken under peculiar circumstances, but the reasoning employed in the determination also shows that something fundamental has changed i

Happy Raksha Bandan to all Indians

"Motherland" by ____Akbar Barakzai

Motherland Even if it’s a wasteland Burnt and blazed Yet Motherland is but motherland I crave not for the land of the sun Where flows the river of lights Even if it’s dark and swarthy like a prison Yet Motherland is but motherland ____Akbar Barakzai

Remembering a stalwart of Balochi literature Akbar Barakzai’s literary journey spans over half a century 04-Aug-17by  Fazal Baloch   Born in Shikarpur, Sindh in 1938, Akbar Barakzai ranks amongst the stalwarts of modern Balochi literature. Akbar Barakzai’s poetry mainly traverses along two somewhat unparalleled lines. Themes like love and intimacy, pleasure of union and agony of separation are what one can encounter in his ghazals. While in verse, he seems like a man deeply concerned with objective realities of life. He prefers the affliction of masses to his personal agony. Love for his motherland, peace and prosperity and dignity of a man are the commonplace themes of his poetry. His love for human dignity is not for a certain region. Rather it transcends all geographical and cultural frontiers and becomes universal. His remarkable poems like “Who Can Perish the Sun?”, “I am Veit Cong” and “The Traveller Without Destinatio

Will any court punish a dictator, asks Nawaz ISLAMABAD : Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday questioned whether any court will punish a dictator, and warned that the country could suffer immeasurable loss if democratic order was disturbed and the ongoing game did not come to an end.   He asked where is the court that would run trial of former dictator who ravaged the Constitution not just once, but twice. “Did any court got hold of him and penalised him? Does any court exist that could punish the dictator,” he said while talking to the media after his return from Changla Gali at the Punjab House.  The former prime minister referred to the killing of former governor Balochistan Nawab Akbar Bugti and asked when the responsible for his assassination would be taken to task. “Was anyone punished on the killing and accountability made for the offence,” he asked. It was his maiden interaction with the media since his removal from the offic