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Aslam Baloch among six top BLA leaders killed in Kandhar suicide attack

26 Dec 2018 From News desk *( Balochistan Times)* A suicide bomber hit Baloch militant leaders in a residential area in Kandahar’s Aino Mina area on Tuesday, killing Aslam Baloch and five other top Baloch militant leaders and wounding three others. Aslam Baloch was a top commander of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) who initiated a recent campaign of suicide attacks against Chinese nationals in Pakistan. Aslam’s son, Rehan Baloch, carried out a suicide attack on a bus carrying Chinese engineers in Dalbandeen in August this year. Later, in November, four gunmen sent by Aslam, attacked Chinese consulate in Karachi, killing two police officers guarding the premises. Aslam Baloch blamed China of exploiting Baloch resources in the CPEC project and vowed to go to any extent to stop “Chinese colonialism” in Balochistan. In a statement issued late on Tuesday night, the BLA confirmed the killing of Aslam Baloch and six other BLA fighters but didn’t disclose the circumstances of the killi

Ship-breaking yard approved for Gwadar

Saleem Shahid  December 25, 2018 FEDERAL Minister for Finance, Asad Umar addresses a meeting at the Balochistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday. Speaker National Assembly Qasim Suri was also present. QUETTA: Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved establishing ship-breaking yard in Gwadar and a policy board for the same is being formulated. This was announced during a high-level review meeting on the subject, chaired by Chief Minister Balochistan and attended by Federal Minister for Defence Production Zubaida Jalal and Finance Minister Asad Umar. The meeting was informed CM Balo­chistan would also be a member of this policy board. The PC1 document of Gwadar Ship-breaking Yard was presented in 2007 but could not proceed due to lack of interest by successive governments. Now prime minister has approved the project on a partnership basis with the induction of manufacturing, training workshops, and parking stations. “The government will welcome all projects in the better

Finance minister vows to give Balochistan due share in CPEC

By  Mohammad Zafar Published: December 25, 2018 In the second phase of CPEC, we have decided to pay attention to industrialisation in Balochistan, said Asad Umar. PHOTO: FILE QUETTA:  In order to address Balochistan’s grievances over its meagre share in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Finance Minister Asad Umar, on his visit to Quetta on Monday, vowed to end any injustice and foster industrialisation in the province, which is imperative to end poverty. “In the second phase of CPEC, we have decided to pay all attention to industrialisation in Balochistan, for which we need help from the private sector, and the federal government is actively working to give Balochistan its due share in CPEC,” said the finance minister while visiting the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI). He said they had been working to introduce new effective policies for the revival of country’s industries and agriculture, which were badly affected during the previous government’s tenur

India must commemorate Balochistan Day, says MQM leader

ANI 25 Dec 2018, 02:55 GMT+10 London [United Kingdom], Dec 24(ANI): Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has urged India to commemorate 'Balochistan Day' just the way Pakistan commemorates 'Kashmir Day.' "India must commemorate Balochistan Day like Pakistan celebrates Kashmir Day. India has to openly support the people of Balochistan. Kashmir has always been a disputed territory between India and Pakistan, while the case of Balochistan is totally different. It is a wholly occupied territory under the military's guns," Hussain said in a statement. The MQM leader claimed that although Balochistan has never been part of Pakistan. "If Pakistan claims that India has occupied Kashmir so the claim is automatically reversed as Pakistan's military establishment is the aggressor against Balochistan, which was an independent state. Pakistan's military invaded the territory and occupied it on gunpoint. So, there is no difference,"