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Balochistan information law ‘weakest’

Consultative session calls for amending existing law to bring transparency and openness in govt Newsdesk  |  July 06, 2020         The Balochistan Freedom of Information Act from 2005, the only right to information law in the province is weak and requires amendments to bring transparency and openness in affairs of the provincial government. This was concluded during an online consultative session between stakeholders for bringing reforms in the law. The session had been organised by the Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) on Sunday. Participants of the session included social activist Behram Lehri, journalist Syed Ali Shah, Pashtukhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) MPA Nasarullah Zayrai and Federal Information Commissioner Zahid Abdullah. The participants unanimously agreed that the Balochistan FOI Act 2005 is not consistent with the regional and national best practices and that it requires amendments. It was further argued that the law does not provide the fullest possible

Balochistan Protests Against Fake Domicile and Local Certificates

A longstanding form of corruption has sparked a mass social media campaign. By  Mariyam Suleman and Rahim Khetran July 07, 2020 Credit:  Wikimedia Commons/ Shayhaq Baloch ADVERTISEMENT A mass online campaign against fake domicile and local certificates in Balochistan has been gaining momentum with the hashtag  #BalochistanRejectsBogusDomiciles . Social media is buzzing with invitations to join this campaign that has run for weeks now. So far a large number of students, activists, and civil society groups across Balochistan have participated. “The administration should make the procedure of local and domicile issuance transparent,” said one post asking government authorities to “issue these certificates only to the residents of the province.” In a notification issued by the Mastung deputy commissioner (DC), domiciles of 400 federal employees were cancelled on June 26, 2020, as they did not get back to the Mastung DC office even after four reminders. Letters were issued to their respecti

Our economic future links to completion of CPEC projects: PM

This project is located at River Jhelum and is expected to be completed in 2026 4 hours ago OUR STAFF REPORT       | Imran Khan witnesses Pak-China agreement signing for Azad Pattan Hydropower project | Inaugurates production facility of first ever indigenously developed ventilators at NRTC at Haripur | Calls upon WHO to play role to remove COVID-19 related travel restrictions HARIPUR/ISLAMABAD          -      Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would take Pakistan on the path of rapid progress and development since its economic future was related to the completion of various energy and infrastructure projects. The premier stated this while was speaking after witnessing the signing of agreement with China Gezhouba for Azad Pattan hydropower project at a ceremony. A part of CPEC, with an investment of US$ 1.5 Billion, 700.7 MW Azad Pattan will involv

Agreement signed in Pakistan for hydropower project under CPEC

Source: Xinhua |  2020-07-07 09:32:21 | Editor: huaxia ISLAMABAD, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The concessional agreement of the 700.7-MW Azad Pattan Hydropower Project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has been signed, a breakthrough for the implementation of the project, according to China Gezhouba Group. The signing of the agreement between China Gezhouba Group, the investor of the project, and the Pakistani side was witnessed on Monday by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chinese ambassador to Pakistan, ministers and representatives of the project partners. Addressing the signing ceremony, Prime Minister Khan expressed pleasure over the progress of the project, adding that it would provide green and cheap energy and would help the country save the environment. "I am happy because this project is under CPEC and it is not a loan but an investment which will benefit Pakistan from all sides," said the prime minister during the ceremony telecasted live at local TVs, a

M-8 a beacon of light for Balochistan

15 hours ago Our Staff Reporter       LAHORE - Chairman CPEC and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Lt Gen (retired) Asim Saleem Bajwa on Sunday said work on M-8 motorway would be commenced as top priority of the government. In his tweet, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority Chairman said the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) had already accorded approval to the 146 kilometers Hoshab-Awaran protion of the M-8 at a cost of Rs 26 billion. The M-8 motorway will connect Sukkur-Larkana to Gwadar which is currently under-construction, while the 193 kilometer portion between Gwadar and Hoshab was inaugurated in February 2016”.  It will start from Ratodero in Sindh Province and enter Balochistan Province passing through Khuzdar, Awaran, Hoshab, and Turbat before joining Makran Coastal highway just East of the port city of Gwadar. The M-8 will also cross the Dasht River and pass near the Mirani Dam in Balochistan Province. Oil prices up w