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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

MoU signed for tree plantation drive in three Balochistan districts

Published   25 Jan, 2021   07:06am THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF CORRESPONDENT QUETTA: The United Nations Development Programme, Balochistan Forest Department and the Taraqee Foundation have announced launching a joint tree plantation campaign in three districts of Balochistan. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Balochistan Forest Department and Taraqee Foundation for the implementation of the plantation campaign. Speaking at a press conference here on Sunday, Chief Executive Officer of the Taraqee Foundation Amjad Rasheed said that for the time being three districts of Balochistan had been chosen for tree plantation and more districts could be included in the campaign later. He said the tree plantation campaign was named ‘Chand Meri Zameen Phool Mera Watan’ with the aim to create awareness among the people about the clean environment. During the campaign, around 70,000 trees would be planted in Quetta’s Hanna and Urak valley, Nawan Killi, Pishin, Ban Khushdil Kha

Pakistani authorities close entryways to Karima Baloch's hometown

Pakistani authorities close entryways to Karima Baloch's hometown         24 January, 2021 by  ANI Karachi [Pakistan], January 24 (ANI): Pakistani authorities have shut down all communication systems in Balochistan's Kech area and closed all entry points to Tump, the hometown of slain human rights activist Karima Baloch. "Pakistani authorities shutdown all communication systems in Kech, Balochistan. All entryways to Tump, Karima Baloch's hometown, are closed. We don't know what Pakistan's security forces are doing to Karima's body and her family who went to receive the body," said Lateef Johar Baloch, an activist, in a tweet. Karima, a prominent Baloch activist who died in Canada in December last year, was slated to get buried on January 25, Balochwarna reported. However, before the corpse could be transported from Karachi to Balochistan, Pakistani authorities took Karima's body along with her family from the airport, to an "unknown location.&