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Another child from Balochistan contracts poliovirus

DAWN REPORT QUETTA: Another case of poliovirus has been detected in Balochistan as the number of polio cases continues to increase in the province due to suspension of vaccination campaign because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new victim of the crippling disease is a 15-month-old child from Pishin district. According to the health department’s officials, samples of the child were collected on Aug 19 and 20. They said the parents of the affected child had refused to get their child vaccinated when polio teams visited their home during anti-polio campaigns. Vaccination campaigns in Balochistan have been suspended for five months, causing a sudden increase in polio cases in the province. With this new case, the number of polio cases in Balochistan has risen to 18 this year. Last year, 12 cases of polio were reported in the province. The countrywide tally of the crippling disease’s cases for the current year has reached 69. According to an official of the National Institute of Health (NIH)

‘Balochistan has highest female mortality rate in the world’

SALEEM SHAHID QUETTA: Legislators, representatives of civil society and women working for NGOs have claimed that Balochistan has the highest female mortality rate in the world. Speaking at a meeting here on Tuesday, Mem­ber of the Balochistan Assembly Sana Baloch, Chairman of the Public Accounts Com­mittee Akhtar Hussain Langove, Chair­man of the Standing Committee for Women Ahmad Nawaz Baloch, Gene­ral Secretary of the Quetta Press Club Zafar Baloch and representatives of NGOs wor­king for women and children rights exp­ressed serious concern over increasing female mortality rate in the province. They claimed that the per capita education ratio of female education was lowest in Balochistan in the entire world. They said Rs110 billion was being spent only on the construction of buildings and in the name of development sector, but not a single rupee was sent on service delivery in the province. Representatives of women’s rights organisations expressed concern over low female education ra

Taking a leaf from China`s book, Pakistan Army develops Xinjiang style indoctrination camps in Balochistan

Siddhant Sibbal Sep 07, 2020, 19:38 PM IST, Pakistan`s biggest province is dealing with its local insurgency over Islamabad`s strong hand as locals say the resources are being drained the region. New Delhi: The Pakistani Army is running two indoctrination camps built on the lines of Uyghurs re-education camps of China for Baloch fighters in a bid to control the situation in its restive southwestern province of Balochistan. Pakistan's biggest province is dealing with its local insurgency over Islamabad's strong hand as locals say the resources are being drained the region. The layout of the camps closely aligns with those run by Chinese authorities in its westernmost province of Xinjiang. The main objective of these clandestine camps is psychological, social and cultural conditioning of Baloch fighters and forcefully instil 'values' in them by "transforming them into law-abiding" citizens, as per a document seen by Zee Media on the camps stated. The document li

Cabinet approves ferry services for pilgrims from Karachi, Gwadar, and Bin Qasim ports

Pakistan Web Desk September 08, 2020 The cabinet has also constituted a special committee to estimate the losses incurred due to rains Share Next Story >>> Prime Minister Imran Khan chairing a federal cabinet meeting in Islamabad, on September 8, 2020. — PID ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved initiating ferry services at three ports — Karachi, Gwadar, and Bin Qasim — in a bid to facilitate pilgrims headed to Iraq and Iran. The pilgrims will be able to avail immigration services at these points, a post-cabinet meeting press release said. Furthermore, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Haider Zaidi, announced that in pursuance of Prime Minister Imran Khan's Blue Economy policy, the ministry has been allowed to "start ferry/passenger ships to all possible destinations across the world". "Maritime frontiers now open for sea travel," he said. Briefing the media about other decisions taken in the federal cabinet meeting today, Minister for Info

Senate panel seeks working paper on taxes in Gwadar

Top Story Mehtab Haider September 09, 2020 ISLAMABAD: In order to avoid bypassing oversight of the Parliament, Senator Sherry Rehman on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment for seeking prior approval of Parliament for granting nod on... Share Next Story >>> ISLAMABAD: In order to avoid bypassing oversight of the Parliament, Senator Sherry Rehman on Tuesday proposed a constitutional amendment for seeking prior approval of Parliament for granting nod on all kinds of supplementary grants for utilisation of multibillion rupees funds. The Senate Standing Committee on Finance and Revenues also decided to summon State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) governor in its next meeting for briefing the senators regarding deposit to debt ratio on the basis of each district of the country to ascertain how much funds were collected by the commercial banks and how much they were lending in the same area. The committee also sought working paper from the FBR about taxes in Gwadar. Senator Mohsin Azi

Getting China’s Belt and Road initiative right

9 September 2020 Author: Shahar Hameiri, UQ China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has generated an enormous amount of commentary and analysis, leading to significant policy reshuffles around the world. But many still get the BRI wrong.   The usual narrative is that China, under the assertive leadership of President Xi Jinping, is using the BRI as part of a coherent strategy to advance its national interests. Many believe that China practises ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ — providing loans to recipients that are incapable of repaying them to increase its influence over recipient governments and even seize strategic assets upon default. In our  report , Lee Jones and I argue that China’s BRI is not a carefully designed plan, and that debt-trap diplomacy is a myth. There are three serious misconceptions about the BRI. The first misconception is that the BRI is motivated by geopolitical objectives. Despite some posturing, the BRI is an attempt to address China’s own economic challenges. China’s l