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Pakistan's Balochistan saw 2,886 terror attacks, 3,184 related deaths in last decade: Report

Getty Images Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langau on Monday said a large-scale operation would be launched against militants in the province. Synopsis The numbers come in the backdrop of last week's brutal killing of 11 Shia Hazara coal miners by Islamic State terrorists in the province's mountainous Machh area. By  PTI Jan 13, 2021, 05:32 PM IST Karachi:  Pakistan 's restive  Balochistan  province saw 2,886 terrorist attacks and 3,184 related deaths in the last decade, according to a media report. From 2010 to 2015, 2,049 people died in 1,701 militant attacks in the southwestern province, SAMAA TV reported. From 2016 to 2020, 1,135 people were killed in 1,185 terror attacks. Among the 3,184 terror-related deaths in the last decade, 2,058 were civilians and 1,126 were security personnel, the news channel reported. ADVERTISEMENT The numbers come in the backdrop of last week's brutal killing of 11 Shia Hazara coal miners by Islamic State terrorists in the provinc

China has deployed me to crush Baloch movement: Pak general Ayman Bilal

Major General Ayman Bilal of the Pakistan Army has confessed to China's role and support in his deployment in Balochistan, Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Sun has reported.  China has deployed me to crush Baloch movement: Pak general Ayman Bilal IANS   New Delhi   February 01, 2021 7:26 IST Advertisement   Major General Ayman Bilal of the Pakistan Army has confessed to China's role and support in his deployment in Balochistan, Bangladeshi newspaper Daily Sun has reported. "China has deployed me here to crush the Baloch movement and has given me a six-month task," Maj Gen Bilal said. "If the threat of FATF is averted, we will go inside Iran and take action. Iran is the biggest enemy of Pakistan which has a direct hand in the instability of Balochistan," said new IG FC South Balochistan, Major General Bilal at a special 'jirga' (meeting) at FC headquarters in Turbat with few notables including local agents of FC and intelligence agencies. As per the report

Police officer shot dead in Peshawar

Bureau Report Published   January 31, 2021 PESHAWAR: The scene of the attack that claimed the life of a policeman on Saturday. — White Star PESHAWAR: A police officer was killed and two other persons were injured when assailants opened fire on them near the Central Jail on Saturday evening, police said. A police spokesperson identified the martyred poli­ceman as Inspector Khushdil Khan of the Counter Terrorism Department. He said that the injured persons were rushed to hospital after the incident. SP Mohammad Tahir told  Dawn  that the incident was being investigated and it was not immediately clear who the attackers were. Peshawar CCPO Abbas Ahsan told reporters that the policeman was on intelligence duty when he came under attack near the prison. “When the cop along with some persons reached near the jail in a vehicle, they came under attack,” he said. “There were two attackers and one of them opened fire with an AK47 and the other with a pistol,” he said. He added that it would be p

Pakistan to Get Help from China in Improving Agriculture Sector Under CPEC Framework: PM Imran Khan

The Pakistani government is collaborating with China in learning agricultural techniques under CPEC to enhance yield of crops, modernisation of irrigation system and value addition, Xinhua news agency quoted Khan as saying at an event on Friday. File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. IANS.   ISLAMABAD UPDATED ON: JANUARY 30, 2021, 10:12 IST FOLLOW US ON: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the country is expected to get help from China in its efforts to improve the agriculture sector under the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Pakistani government is collaborating with China in learning agricultural techniques under CPEC to enhance yield of crops, modernisation of irrigation system and value addition, Xinhua news agency quoted Khan as saying at an event on Friday. "The production of crops and dairy products in China is far more than that of Pakistan due to their advanced research and technology," the Prime Minister said. He adde

10 persons missing from Gwadar, Turbat return home

BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: Ten people who were missing for the last two and a half years from different areas of Gwadar and Turbat districts safely returned to their homes during the past two days. Among these people is a Balochi language poet Obaid Arif, who had disappeared from Jat Dasht area of Gwadar district in November 2018. Two others are Amin Shekari and Imam Ishaq. They belong to Dasht Maznband area of Gwadar district and they have returned to their homes after two and a half years. Sources said that Ifran Imam Bakhsh of Bal-Negor, Wahid Dad from Sami Kalag and Manzoor Hussain of Menaz Buleda of Kech district also reached home. Four other persons, who belong to Absar and Tump areas of Kech district, reached their homes after disappearance of two years. They are Izzatullah, Mehran, Mohammad Sharif and Gulab. On the return of these people to their home their families and the people of their areas warmly welcomed them. A large number of people visited their homes and congratulated the

International Customs Day: Gwadar Port & Pakistan Customs

Dr Tahir Qureshi   27 Jan 2021 Facebook Twitter Whatsapp TEXT: Modern concept of development is that the economic interdependence among developed and under developed nations increases integration, trade promotion, and many related activities such as investment flow, transfer of technology, building of new economic infrastructure, new job opportunities and industrial development takes place. The development of Gwadar Port, flagship project of multi-billion dollars project namely China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is the classic example of this concept. The geographical proximity and the opportunity to develop the least developed parts of China and Pakistan allow them to foster economic interdependence for mutual economic benefits with the development of sustainable supply chain from Indian ocean to landlocked western China and vice versa. This development will not only benefit the least developed areas of two countries but also benefit the whole region especially the landlocked Ce

Locals Fear Investors In Chinese Trade Hub Are Pushing Them Out Of Gwadar

January 26, 2021 By  Kiyya Baloch . Pakistani millionaires are snapping up real estate in the impoverished city of Gwadar in response to China’s multibillion-dollar investments that aim to transform the coastal area of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan Province into a commercial hub and a lynchpin of Beijing’s footprint in the region. But for those who live in Gwadar, the investments have brought few benefits to daily life. Amid a series of heightened security measures aimed at protecting the projects and investments associated with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), locals say they are being pushed out of the city and away from the potential economic windfall of its strategic coastal location on the Arabian Sea. A fence is being erected around 25 square kilometers of Gwadar, and residents have reported seeing more security forces on the streets. “It is strange they [the security forces] are fencing an entire town to protect the business and interests of people coming from

Peace rally heads for Gwadar

THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER KARACHI: Carrying the message of friendship and love, a peace rally comprising 50 cars and as many motorbikes headed towards Gwadar took off from Karachi early on Friday morning. Aimed at promoting peace in Balochistan, the first phase of the rally saw 50 motorbikers who hail from Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi taking the Mai Kolachi Road to head to their destination. And in the second phase 50 cars also followed the same route to head to Gwadar. By evening they had all travelled 650km. The enthusiasm of the riders and motorists was encouraging. They were met with equal enthusiasm when they entered Balochistan by the people of Hub https://www.dawn.com/news/1604368

Balochistan’s 80pc PSDP allocation authorised’

Business Our Correspondent January 30, 2021 ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives had made upfront authorisation of 80 percent of the amount allocated for PSDP 2020-21 for Balochistan in favour of the concerned... ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives (M/o PD&SI) had made upfront authorisation of 80 percent of the amount allocated for PSDP 2020-21 for Balochistan in favour of the concerned ministries, divisions, and agencies, an official said on Friday. “In total, an amount of Rs82.1 billion has been allocated for 184 projects including Rs26 billion for 46 new projects in PSDP 2020-21,” said Secretary Planning Mathar Niaz Rana, while briefing the second meeting of Oversight Committee on Federal Funded PSDP Projects in Balochistan. The meeting was held under the chair of Member National Assembly (MNA) Khalid Hussain Magsi and was attended by the committee members MNA Nawabzada Shazain Bugti, MNA Mir Khan Muhammad Jama

Conflict in Balochistan hampering access to women and child health services: study

Karachi Our Correspondent   January 30, 2021 The conflict-hit parts of Balochistan have much lower coverage levels for maternal and child health services than peaceful parts of the province, according to a case study on healthcare in... Share Next Story >>> The conflict-hit parts of Balochistan have much lower coverage levels for maternal and child health services than peaceful parts of the province, according to a case study on healthcare in Pakistan’s violence-affected areas published in BioMed Central’s Conflict and Health journal. Researchers at the Aga Khan University and the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, conducted the case study in two areas of Pakistan: Balochistan – with a specific focus on the Makran belt that includes the districts of Gwadar, Keich and Panjgur – and Fata due to the chronic nature of conflict in these areas. The study consisted of a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the provision of reprodu

Balochistan to get £3.5m for nutrition support from UK

Published   29 Jan, 2021   06:34am DAWN REPORT ISLAMABAD / QUETTA: British High Commissioner Dr Christian Turner announced humanitarian aid worth 3.5 million pounds for Balochistan during his first visit to Quetta on Thursday. The aid from the United Kingdom will help over 41,000 women and children get vital nutrients they need through a therapeutic food programme. It will support community outreach workers to identify and help malnourished children, pregnant women and new mothers. Rates of malnutrition and food insecurity in Balochistan were already high before the Covid-19 pandemic, but the virus has affected livelihoods and made the problem worse. While announcing the humanitarian aid, High Commissioner Turner said that the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the global economy hard and this has had a knock-on effect on food security in Balochistan. Meanwhile, Mr Turner called on Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan in Quetta and discussed issues partnering to health, nutrition programme

China to help boost capability of Gwadar police: diplomat

Published   28 Jan, 2021   07:00am BEHRAM BALOCH GWADAR: The Chinese consul general at Karachi, Li Bijian, has said that Beijing will continue providing equipment, training facilities and other help for increasing the capability of the police force in Gwadar. He was speaking at a ceremony held in the port city to hand over 40 motorcycles, 10 laptops and 10 security cabinets for check-posts to police officials. The equipment and other assistance were provided to the Gwadar police by the Chinese government under the Chinese aid programme. The diplomat lauded the security arrangements made by the police for the protection of Gwadar. The chairman of the China Overseas Port Holding Company, Zhang Baozhong, SSP Gwadar Dr Farhan Zahid and other officials were present on the occasion. The consul general inaugurated an embroidery learning centre set up by the Gwadar Women Development Organisation with Chinese assistance. Mr Li said Pakistan and China enjoyed cordial relations and with the passa

Balochistan: Where Even the Dead are ‘Abducted’

January 28, 2021 | Nilesh Kunwar         The news of Pakistani authorities taking away mortal remains of a deceased Balochi lady dissident living in self-exile abroad that had been brought back to her native place for burial may scandalise many, but not the people of Balochistan. Growing up seeing how innocent people who are brazenly abducted by Pakistani security forces either disappearing for good or resurfacing as battered corpses dumped by roadsides or buried in unmarked graves has inured them to tragedies of all sorts. So, being persecuted by the state and abandoned by the international community, for Balochis, there’s nothing unusual about the corpse of one of their own being ‘abducted’ by Pakistan’s security forces! The ‘abducted’ corpse was that of Karima Baloch and this incident is the latest manifestation of Pakistan’s institutionalised persecution of Balochis. Resident of Tump in Kech district of Balochistan, 37-year-old Karmia was a vocal critic of Pakistani army’s repulsiv

Pakistan opposition leaders express concern at disrespect shown to Karima Baloch's body

Pakistan opposition leaders express concern at disrespect shown to Karima Baloch's body         26 January, 2021 by  ANI Islamabad [Pakistan], January 26 (ANI): Members of the opposition in the Pakistan Senate on Monday expressed concern over the "disrespect" with which the body of Baloch rights activist Karima Baloch was treated before it was laid to rest in her hometown Tump, in Balochistan, Dawn reported. Karima, who died under mysterious circumstances in Canada last month, was slated to get buried on January 25, but, before the corpse could be transported from Karachi to Balochistan, Pakistani authorities forcefully took Karima's body along with her family from the airport to her hometown, Balochwarna reported. Later, she was buried under tight security as thousands who came to pay their last respect weren't allowed near her, the Balochistan Times reported. She was then buried by a few family members and neighbours under army watch. "Pakistan's army t

Opposition criticises 'disrespect' meted out to Karima Baloch's body

NADIR GURAMANI Members of the opposition in the Senate on Monday expressed concern over alleged "disrespect" with which they said the body of Baloch rights activist Karima Baloch was treated before being laid to rest in her hometown in Balochistan. Karima Baloch, who was also known as Karima Mehrab, had gone missing in Toronto’s downtown waterfront area last month and her body was  found  a day later. She was living in the Canadian city in exile for about five years. After unverified reports — mostly in the Indian media — that Karima had been killed, Canadian authorities investigating the circumstances had  termed  the activist's death as "non-criminal". On Sunday, Karima's body was repatriated to Pakistan and was taken by security officials from Karachi airport to Balochistan. Her funeral prayers were held amid tight security in Tump area of Turbat and were attended by immediate family members and hundreds of locals, according to  The Guardian . Speaking on

The interview: Chief Minister of Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan

'My approach is holistic regarding the overall governance and the current situation' 13:17 January 24, 2021 Mehr Tarar  Special to Gulf News In the follow-up to my article on #EmergingBalochistan last Sunday, I texted a few questions to Balochistan’s Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan. Much graciously, he responded to each one in great detail. Mehr Tarar: Growing up in a political family, and after you joined politics, what to you was the biggest issue of Balochistan? Chief Minister Jam Kamal:  The biggest issues of Balochistan have always been its deprivation, underdevelopment, socioeconomic deficiencies, almost non-existent ways of connectivity, and becoming the centre of many conflicts. What in your view were the most important issues of Balochistan when you became the chief minister of Balochistan? As I took the oath, I realised that the previous Balochistan governments lacked a proper mechanism of governance. The governance model worked on a very basic, day-to-day or a point-to