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Quote of the day: Baloch Artist Akram Jan Baloch

🔴 For Akram it is not possible to detach himself from the political realities of his surroundings. Quote of the day: Baloch Artist Akram Jan Baloch  “They have usurped the resources of our region and displayed large billboards to celebrate CPEC in Islamabad. They are actually afraid of us. If a torn jeans is less unsettling than a tribesman’s moustaches or his pagri than we don’t have to worry. We have nothing to fear from the people who don’t take pride in their own identity. Once Musharraf was visiting France and the French President asked him about updates on the archaeological discoveries of Mehrgarh. President Musharraf had no clue what Mehrgarh was and turned to his military secretary who of course also didn’t have a clue. The French President ended up tutoring Musharraf on the significance of Mehrgarh. Situations like these are very unfortunate.”


Profiles       by Haroon Shuaib Hailing from Naushki Balochistan, Akram Dost Baloch graduated from National College of Arts, Lahore, and is among the founding faculty of the Department of Fine Arts, University of Balochistan. His aesthetics are inspired by the primordial motifs of embroidery, wood carving, and the craft of weaving from the region. Akram is a prolific artist always eager to reinvent and explore new dimensions in his expression while staying rooted. He has received wide acclaim, both at home and abroad and also received President’s Pride of Performance Award, Pakistan’s highest civilian award for excellence in 2004.   For Akram, it is important to keep the constant internal and individual process evolving as an artist. His source of inspiration has never been Picasso or Shakir Ali and Akram Dost does not shy away from admitting this. His inspiration is the order in the chaos he finds around him. “I by no means underestimate the value of a book or a whiteboard but my crea

Pakistan urges China to use Gwadar for transhipment

BusinessTanveer MalikOctober 15, 2021 KARACHI: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Maritime Affairs Mahmood Moulvi said that Pakistan has requested China to market Gwadar Port and at least utilise it for their transhipment... KARACHI: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Maritime Affairs Mahmood Moulvi said that Pakistan has requested China to market Gwadar Port and at least utilise it for their transhipment cargo. Speaking at the 11th Sustainable Shipping, Logistics & Supply China Summit & Exhibition, Moulvi said the Chinese private sector held 91 percent of the Gwadar Port, which meant that China was responsible for its marketing and development. “We are asking the Chinese government to market Gwadar Sea Port because it is the responsibility of China to bring cargo at Gwadar Port,” the special assistant said, disclosing that “we requested China to, at least take their transhipment cargo from Gwadar”. Recalling the subsidy given by the previous government, the minister sa

Two exploration blocks awarded to local firms in Punjab and Balochistan

Updated 14 Oct, 2021 07:55am THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday awarded two exploration blocks to local oil and gas exploration and production companies in Punjab and Balochistan. The Petroleum Concession Agreements (PCAs) and Exploration Licences (ELs) for two blocks were signed by representatives of the participating companies, director general of petroleum concessions and secretary petroleum. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Energy Minister Mohammad Hammad Azhar. These blocks are located in Attock and Loralai districts. Block No 3068-9 Nareli, Loralai, Balochistan, was awarded to a joint venture led by Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) as operator and comprising partners Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL) and Spud Energy Private Limited (SEPL). MPCL, a listed company majority owned by Fauji Foundation and Government of Pakistan will have 39pc share and also operate the block. POL and SEPL hold 32pc and 29pc shares, respectively. Block No

Steel industry decries use of imported steel in CPEC projects, calls on PM

October 14, 2021 Steel industry decries use of imported steel in CPEC projects, calls on PM   PALSP laments duty free import of steel, urges govt to allow tax adjustments to local suppliers for CPEC projects By Ghulam Abbas ISLAMABAD: *The local steel industry has broken its silence over being ignored in mega projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and has written to Prime Minister Imran Khan *against the use of imported steel in these projects.* In a letter sent to the PM office, the Pakistan Association of Large Steel Producers (PALSP) has informed that despite producing high quality and competitive products, steel is being imported for the construction of Gwadar AirPort, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Gwadar Free Economic Zone (FEZ) as well as other CPEC projects. The local steel industry has surplus capacity for producing world-class steel, the association stated, adding that this is a damaging situation for the local industry. “By all means, it amounts to exporting

Economic Watch: Chinese-built road bespeaks technological excellence, CPEC's commitment to socio-economic development in Pakistan

Source: Xinhua |  2021-10-14 12:19:19 | by Xinhua writers Misbah Saba Malik, Jiang Chao ISLAMABAD, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- Fakhar ul Hassan, a truck driver from Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Province, is among hundreds of drivers transporting cargo from the country's northern Gilgit-Baltistan region to east Punjab Province through Havelian to Thakot highway constructed within the framework of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Sharing his experience about traveling along the new road, Hassan said that he and other drivers of the heavy transport vehicles are delighted that the road has brought convenience to their lives. The road is one of CPEC's early harvest fruits. Constructed by the China Communications Construction Company under the Karakoram Highway (KKH) Phase Two project, the 118 km-long road from Havelian to Thakot in KP consists of the expressway section from Havelian to Mansehra district of the province, which inaugurated in 2019, and the Clas