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Balochistan govt being run thru social media apps: opposition

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: Leaders of opposition parties have alleged that the provincial coalition government has miserably failed to take steps to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic and its affairs are being run through WhatsApp and Twitter and other social media apps. Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, opposition leaders Advocate Malik Sikandar Khan and others said that despite constituting a parliamentary committee on Covid-19 a long time ago, the government had not held a single meeting of it just to hide what the opposition leaders called corruption being committed by the government leaders in health and other institutions in the name of coronavirus and health emergency. The opposition leaders also rejected the allegation by a spokesman for the government that opposition leaders had disappeared in the coronavirus pandemic in the province and said that it was the government which was not visible on the ground, while the opposition leaders were standing b

Educated Youth Still Turn To Separatist Violence In Restive Pakistani Province

May 14, 2020 Kiyya Baloch FILE: Family members of victims of forced disappearances protest in Balochistan's capital Quetta. A university student in Pakistan aspired to join the country’s elite civil service after undergoing a competitive process that requires participants to prepare for years. Instead, Shahdad Baloch, in his early 30s, was killed in a skirmish with Pakistani security forces in a remote region of the restive southwestern province of Balochsitan. The Balochistan Liberation Army, a banned separatist organization, claimed Shahdad and Ehsan Baloch, both students at a university in Islamabad, were killed in a clash with the military on May 1. Their friends and former teachers are now asking what prompted Shahdad and Ehsan, both members of Pakistan’s ethnic Baluch minority, to take up guns against the state instead of pursuing their dreams of promising careers in the country of 210 million people. For some, the recent killings are a reminder that the insurgency in Balochi

Balochistan reports 71 new coronavirus cases, death toll at 30

Web Desk   On  May 14, 2020 LAHORE: The number of coronavirus cases rose to 2,310 in Balochistan after 71 more people were diagnosed with the infection on Thursday, ARY News reported. According to a spokesperson of Director General Health, at least 30 people have died of COVID-19 in the province thus far. He maintained that as many as 324 patients have fully recovered from the disease in Balochistan. Earlier today, the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan had soared to 35,778 as 1,452 new cases of the infection were reported in last twenty four hours, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) had said. According to the national dashboard, confirmed positive cases reported in Sindh had risen to 13, 341, in Punjab 13,561, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5,252, in Islamabad 822, in Gilgit Baltistan 482, and in Azad Kashmir 91. Read More:  Balochistan reports 44 new coronavirus cases, death toll at 27 Earlier on May 12, the number of coronavirus cases had risen to 2061 in Balochistan after 44

Reptile poaching in Balochistan (Pakistan) is on a decreasing trend but still troublesome

Reptile poaching in Balochistan (Pakistan) is on a decreasing trend but still troublesome 11 hours ago Pensoft Publishers         A topographic map of southwestern Balochistan showing visit sites in Chagai, Nushki, Panjgur, Kharan and Washuk districts. Credit: Rafaqat Masroor Since 2013, following strict enforcement of provincial wildlife legislation in the less studied regions of Asia, the overall trend of illegal reptile poaching is steadily decreasing. But it's too early to claim that the issue is solved. Poached reptiles are largely destined not only for the pet trade, but also folk medicines and snake charmer shows, according to the recent study led by the scientists from the Pakistan Museum of Natural History and the University of Peshawar published in the open-access journal  Herpetozoa . For the first time, the exploitation of reptiles for the  pet trade  has come to the attention of the public in the late 1960s. In general, illegal poaching is one of the problems we still

Pak senator chides Imran Khan govt for ignoring Balochistan during coronavirus crisis

Pak senator chides Imran Khan govt for ignoring Balochistan during coronavirus crisis ANI |  Updated:  May 14, 2020 23:08 IST Islamabad [ Pakistan ], May 14 (ANI): Highlighting the discrimination faced against Baloch people at the hands of Prime Minister  Imran Khan -led government,  Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) Senator Mohammad Usman Khan Kaka r has said the authorities have not provided a  single ventilator to Balochistan . Speaking during the Parliament session, Kakar said there was a shortage of testing kits in the province, adding that there was only one laboratory in the country. "People have to wait for 15 days to receive their test results," Dawn quoted him as saying. He criticised the National Disaster Management Authority's (NDMA) performance, terming it "unsatisfactory". He lashed out at the government for fighting with the opposition instead of taking drastic steps in dealing with the outbreak. Balochistan, the most volatile province in the

No section is safe in the hands of the state in Balochistan – BSO Azad

Current Balochistan Date:  14 May 2020 Author:  Admin 0 The central spokesperson of Baloch Students Organization Azad (BSO Azad) expressed concern over the increase in extrajudicial arrests of Baloch students and said that Balochistan has been turned into a no-go area for the last 70 years where no section is safe. People have been extrajudicially arrested and moved to unknown locations and have been kept out of the limelight for years, while hundreds of victims of enforced disappearances have been martyred during the violence and this trend is still going on in Balochistan. An atmosphere of fear is visible. He said that extrajudicial arrests have affected all sections of the society but in recent days there has been a worrying increase in extrajudicial arrests of Baloch students in Balochistan. The spokesman further said in his statement that the security forces arrested Sana Sia Pad, M.Phil student of Allama Iqbal University from Kharan, and moved him to an unknown location. He said

Balochistan finance minister tests positive for COVID-19

According to a report in the Express Tribune, Buledi is the first minister from Balochistan to test positive for the COVID-19. Press Trust of India  Karachi May 14, 2020 UPDATED: May 14, 2020 17:07 IST Photo for representation Balochistan Finance Minister Zahoor Buledi has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the latest top politician in Pakistan and the first in the province to be infected with the disease. Buledi, in tweet on Thursday, said that he was asymptomatic and is under self-quarantine. "I'm grateful to all friends, well-wishers & supporters who prayed for my early recovery after my COVID-19 test came +ve. I’m in self-quarantine as per doctors guidelines," he tweeted. "Alhamdulillah, asymptomatic and recovering. Thanks to all," he said. According to a report in the Express Tribune, Buledi is the first minister from Balochistan to test positive for the COVID-19. Earlier, Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on May 1 tested p

Belt and Road Initiative is a beacon for gloomy global recovery

Updated  2020.05.14 15:21 GMT+8 CGTN Containers at the Lianyungang Port in Lianyungang City, east China's Jiangsu Province, April 14, 2020. /Xinhua Editor's note:  Huang Yongfu is an economic affairs commentator. After his PhD, he started working at the University of Cambridge and then moved on to the UN. He is the author of many papers and books in the field of global development. His current interests lie in global development and Sino-U.S. ties, especially trade, financial and technological issues. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily the views of CGTN. With new cases of the novel coronavirus falling, many Western countries are rolling back lockdown measures for the sake of economic normality, although the details and exact timing vary across countries or regions. Can a swift and healthy recovery be expected after economic reopening? Since the coronavirus outbreak, the fragile nature of supply chains around the world has been exposed. Most econo

Balochistan: ‘Lockdown Used By Pakistani Forces to Kill, Not Heal’

FRANCESCA MARINO FIRST PUBLISHED: 14/05/2020 AT 04:22 AM While the  is fighting a deadly battle against an invisible enemy, the coronavirus, and hospitals are fuller than ever, there are places where the war against the virus does not matter, lives don't matter enough, and the war, the real one – the one carried out with guns and bombs – never stops. Quite the opposite, in fact: it sees a relapse, and an increase of assaults and war episodes. It happened in Kabul, where a hospital was attacked on 13 May, killing newborn babies and women. A cowardly action, a crime against humanity, which is one of the fruits – the poisonous fruits – of the so called American strategy for leaving Afghanistan, undermining the local government and installing the Taliban back in power. The same Taliban that is controlled by Islamabad. And in Pakistan, on the other side o

First CPEC and now China’s Covid-19: Gilgit-Baltistan’s growing woes | Opinion

Gilgit-Baltistan is not a constitutional part of Pakistan and therefore survives on financial handouts from Islamabad. There is only one Covid-19 testing centre for the entire Gilgit-Baltistan territory with capacity to test 15 people per day. Updated: May 07, 2020 07:52 IST By Senge H Sering Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), in proportion to population, has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in Pakistan. So far, 607 people have tested positive in a territory with less than one and half million people. Heroes like Dr. Osama Riaz and paramedic Malik Ashtar who unfortunately died while performing duties without virus protective kits have become a source to galvanize society. Locals blame the authorities for committing criminal negligence by not transporting Dr. Osama to Islamabad to save his life. Dismal economic condition and lack of preparedness could lead to more deaths in coming weeks. G-B is not a constitutional part of Pakistan and therefore survives on financial handouts from Islamabad. L

Rs442bn accord for construction of Diamer-Bhasha dam signed

Khaleeq Kiani Updated  May 14, 2020 Wapda chairman says Diamer-Bhasha project will be completed in 2028. — AFP/File ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday signed a Rs442 billion contract with a joint venture of China Power and Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam. The Chinese state-run firm holds 70 per cent and the FWO, a commercial arm of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, 30pc share in the consortium. The contract covers construction of a diversion system, main dam, access bridge and the 21MW Tangir hydropower project. The eight million acre feet (MAF) reservoir with 272-metre height will be the tallest roller compact concrete (RCC) dam in the world. It will have a spillway, 14 gates and five outlets for flushing out silt. The diversion system involves two tunnels and a diversion canal — all three having one kilometre length each. The bridge — a box girder structure — under the contract will be constructed downstream of the dam structure while t

Why Shahdad Baloch chose armed struggle? Ask Pak Journalists. Well, here’s the Answer

   Rahim Baloch Shahdad Baloch attained martyred on May 1, 2020 while fighting the Pakistan Army and their locally armed mercenaries in Paarod, occupied Balochistan. The question “Why did Shahdad Baloch choose armed struggle?” was raised by Riaz Sohail, a prominent Pakistani journalist working for BBC Urdu Service, in his Urdu article shared by BBC’ News website on May 6, 2020. The background of opening this discussion was that two prominent Baloch youths Shahdad Baloch and Ehsan Baloch attained martyrdom on Friday, May 1, 2020 in an encounter with the Pakistan Army and its locally armed mercenaries in Paarod, a mountainous area between Kalat and Kharan regions of Balochistan. According to a statement of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) spokesperson Jeehand Baloch, both Shahdad and Ehsan had joined BLA about one year ago. Shahdad Baloch, after completing his master’s degr