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Tribal region uplift funds diverted for security enhancement

KHALEEQ KIANI ISLAMABAD: At the fag end of current fiscal year, the government has increased the funding for security enhancement by about 67 per cent, to Rs53 billion, by diverting a major portion of funds allocated for development schemes meant for temporary displaced persons (TDPs) of tribal region. The government has also increased by 25pc, to Rs30bn, the allocations for parliamentarians’ schemes under the head of Susta­inable Development Goals (SDGs) by diverting Rs6bn from other schemes. The budget approved by parliament in June last year had allocated Rs32.5bn each for special development programme for TDPs and security enhancement. As of April 3, both the allocations were kept uncha­nged in the Planning Comm­ission papers even though an amount of Rs38.5bn had already been disbursed for security enhancement, according to data released by the planning and development ministry. On Friday, the Planning Commission notified rev­is­ed allocations for the Pub­lic Sector Development Pro

Mafias have run Balochistan for 70 years, says CM who is son of CM who was son of CM Mafias have run Balochistan for 70 years, says CM who is son of CM who was son of CM   Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal has said that mafias have been running Balochistan since 70 years. “It is just the same people coming into power,” said Jam Mir Kamal Khan Alyani, the current and 16th Chief Minister of the province, whose father Jam Muhammad Yousaf, was the 10th Chief Minister of the province. “What hope do the sons of the soil have when it’s the same, well-entrenched faces who keep coming back into power again and again?” “Whither democracy? Whither meritocracy,” the CM, who is the 13th Jam of Lasbela, asked. “Yes, there might have been small exceptions along the way, but that is the larger story,” said the grandson of the second chief minister of Balochistan after  it became a province in 1971. “Now, in what is finally the people’s government, one that is professional and motivated,” said the marketing degree holder from Greenwich University, Karachi.

Will CPEC be affected by coronavirus? The world is full of expected and unexpected events, accidents and disasters. In many cases, this abnormal change leads to a disaster. The world is facing latest situations. Among them is the coronavirus, an outbreak that has shaken the world and is causing extraordinary effects on the economy. China was the first country to suffer from such an outbreak of abnormal effects. China was overcome by its strategy, hard work and high enthusiasm, but meanwhile the experts of the global economy are analyzing that what kind of impact this global outbreak of the coronavirus will have on the Chinese economy and the impact it will have on the Chinese economy will inevitably have an impact on the global economy and the economy of Pakistan. In economic terms also, Pakistan has been linked to China since 2015 in such a way that Pakistan will also have to face the extraordinary effects of the situation. Just have to see to what extent the China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) suffe


BLF FIRST QUARTERLY REPORT AND ARMED ACTIVITIES AGAINST PAKISTANI FORCES DURING JANUARY, FEBRUARY, & MARCH 2020 BLF is striving for a free Balochistan since its inception The core reason for the establishment of the organization has always been to reinstate the separate Baloch identity and regain motherland's sovereignty from the occupier Pakistan. With the founding of the organization, BLF along with armed struggle, began to create political and ideological awareness to Baloch nation and has endeavored to bring Baloch people from all walks of life together to join the armed struggle, so that the masses consciously, politically and ideologically get involved in the resistance. Because the struggle for independence is impossible without the participation of masses. On the fundamental principle of freedom of occupied Balochistan, BLF is educating the Baloch nation to be ideologically and politically aware. Ideologically motivated BLF fighters, along with armed resistance, expandi

Pakistan: Forced conversions

Sulema Jahangir Updated  April 12, 2020 The writer is a board member, AGHS Legal Aid Cell, an advocate of the high courts, Pakistan, and a solicitor of the senior courts of England and Wales. OVER the years, the laws applicable to the rights of religious minorities in Pakistan have shifted from being neutral to blatantly discriminatory — from electoral laws, family laws, law on evidence, Hudood laws, redistribution of income through Zakat and Ushr, trust and evacuee property laws, domicile and nationality, to offences against religion. The discrimination against women belonging to religious minority groups is worse; they become victims of rape, abduction, forced marriage and forced conversion. That it is largely underage girls who are ‘converting’ to Islam speaks volumes of the vulnerability of the converts, and the motivation of those behind the conversion. Twice the Sindh government attempted to outlaw forced conversions and marriages, including laying guidelines for the court proces