Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Crime rate in Balochistan down by 22 per cent: CM

Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Balochistan Chief Minister addressing a press conference

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has claimed that crime graph in the province has dropped by 22 per cent during the current year.

He was speaking during a session of the Balochistan Assembly held on Friday with Speaker Mir Jan Mohammad Jamali in the chair.

Concluding the debate on law and order, Malik Baloch urged legislators not to hurl corruption allegations on him, adding that if any member had any proof against him he should present it before the public.

He said security situation in the province could not be improved overnight.

The house witnessed pandemonium when treasury and opposition members traded hot words on the Reko Diq gold-cum-copper project.

During his speech, the chief minister referred to his latest news conference at which he had presented details about the Reko Diq project and categorically announced that he would not compromise on natural resources of Balochistan.

On the law and order issue, he said in 2013 a total of 234 incidents of crime occurred, 357 people were killed. And in 2014, he added, 151 incidents of crime had occurred and 156 people were killed. Kidnapping and targeted killings have decreased by 30pc. He said there was reduction also in the cases of dumping of mutilated bodies.

The chief minister said that law-enforcement agencies had traced the people involved in burning of Ziarat Residency, killing of police officer Aamir Mohammad, bomb blasts on Alamdar Road, Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University and Taftan town.

He said 600 people had been recruited in law-enforcement agencies. Bullet-proof vehicles had been provided to deputy superintendents of police and hundreds of police personnel were being trained by the army, he added.

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Rs1 billion for cameras, scanner gates in Quetta

Balochistan government has allocated one billion rupees for the installation of 2,500 surveillance cameras and six security gates in the Quetta Valley for improving the law and order.

The Information Technology Department of Balochistan has finalised the proposals for installing security cameras at selected areas and six scanner gates at entry and exist points of Quetta.

“We believe in using modern technology for crime control and security,” Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch told The Express Tribune. “This will help to control the law and order situation in Quetta which has witnessed series of tragic incidents in recent months,” he added.

Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said government has hired NESPAK as consultant, which would soon invite international bids for this project. “At least Rs600 million have been allocated for each security camera and gate,” he said.

Earlier talking to the media regarding the security situation the chief minister said that the Balochistan government has already announced motorcycle mounted police force for Quetta.

The CM said that the provincial government has revised its security plan for Quetta after these incidents. “We would be the first one using such modern technology in Quetta and spending a huge amount,” he said.
Drought relief

The Balochistan government has allocated one billion rupees for the drought hit areas of the province, while two committees have been constituted to monitor the relief work, Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said on Wednesday.

One committee will have public representatives, including Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti and Advisor to CM on Livestock Ubaidullah Babat, while the other will have deputy commissioners of the drought hit districts, he said. “There have been no rains in Zhob, Musa Khail, Kohlu, Barkhan and Dera Bugti which have affected the agriculture and livestock of these districts. We want to provide relief to people of these calamity hit areas,” he said speaking at a briefing by the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA).

Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said that Balochistan was not receiving enough rains due to global warming and climate change.

The committees would visit all the drought hit areas and make an assessment before the start of relief work. “There had been large scale corruption in Balochistan in the name of drought and natural disaster. We want a transparent process of distribution of relief that is why two separate committees were formed,” he said.

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Balochistan taking steps to end sectarian terrorism, insurgency: Malik

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that alongside other parts of the region Balochistan is facing sectarian terrorism, extremism and insurgency but his government is taking all possible steps to solve these problems.

Speaking at the passing out parade of the fourth batch of 200 police personnel here on Monday, the chief minister said that with the capacity building of police and other provincial forces, the government had succeeded to improve law and order in the province.

“The law and order has improved to a great extent, but more efforts are needed to establish complete peace in the province,” he said.

About 1,000 personnel of police, Anti-Terrorist Force, Balochistan Constabulary and Levies received special training from Pakistan Army.

Commander Southern Command Lt Gen Naseer Janjua, Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti, Chief Secre­tary Saif­ul­lah Chattah, Moh­a­mmad Saleh Bhoo­tani, Com­missioner of Quetta Division Kam­bar Dashti and Additional Ins­pe­ctor Gene­ral of Police Ahsan Mehboob and other provincial ministers and senior officers attended the function.

Dr Malik said that with the special training provincial forces were now in a position to fight terrorism. Police and Balochistan Constabulary had a frontline role in protecting the life and property of people.

“We have tried to remove politics from police and Levies force,” he said, adding that all postings and transfers were being made on merit.

Meanwhile, the chief minister inaugurated an educational festival organised by a local NGO.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that hunger, poverty, terrorism and backwardness could only be defeated through education.

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Balochistan's stolen antiques recovered from Rome

QUETTA: Italian police has recovered from Rome antiques stolen from Balochistan's Mehrgarh area, said a statement issued by the provincial government.

Mehrgarh, which is located in Bolan district, has a history of civilisation that goes back to thousands of years.

The Balochistan government said late on Tuesday that the Italian police had on Monday recovered the antiques from Rome, which were stolen from Mehrgarh.

The government did not give details about any arrests in relation to the theft or the value of the antiques. The recovered antiques are said to be thousands of years old and are considered highly valuable in the international market, the statement said.

Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch expressed pleasure over the recovery of the antiques and directed Secretary Archives to contact the Pakistani embassy in Rome for an immediate return of the antiques.

Prominent local historian Noor Khan Mohammad Hassani told Dawn that there was no mechanism in place to guard antiques in Balochistan.

"People have stolen artifacts and material that represents our history, our identity," Hassani said, adding that certain people were stealing antiquities from Balochistan to sell them in the international market.

Mehrgarh is regarded as among the oldest civilisations across the globe, with historians saying it could be at least eight thousand years old.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Balochistan govt regularises services of lady health workers

QUETTA: The Balochis­tan government has regularised the services of all lady health supervisors, lady hea­lth workers, account supervisors and drivers who have been working on an ad hoc basis in the National Prog­ramme for Family Planning and Primary Heath Care in 30 districts of the province.

According to a notification issued by the health department, the services of these employees have been made permanent since July 1, 2012.

The decision has been made in accordance with orders of the Supreme Court.

The districts where services of these employees have been regularised are Quetta, Pishin, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, Awaran, Qila Abdullah, Qila Saifullah, Dera Bugti, Kohlu, Barkhan, Loralai, Musa Khail, Kech, Panjgur, Gwadar, Sibi, Harnai, Jaffarabad, Nasirabad, Kechhi, Jhal Magsi, Zhob, Sherani, Washuk and Ziarat.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Balochistan CM hails European scholarship programme

Chief Minister Balochistan, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has said that the government is making efforts to educate maximum number of youth, as it will help eradicate backwardness.

He stated this in a meeting with European Union Education Foundation's (EUEF) Director Scholarships programme Yvonne Hunter at the Balochistan House here on Sunday.

The EUEF will award scholarships to 10,000 Pakistani students annually for getting education in the European countries.

Under this initiative, the students will not only get admissions but also receive scholarships.
The Chief Minister, appreciating the services of the EUEF in the field of education, said the Balochistan government will extend all out cooperation in this regard.

He said that efforts will be made that maximum number of youth from Balochistan benefit from this scholarship programme.

Yvonne Hunter said that the mission of the EUEF is to promote education in the developing countries.
Later, EUEF representative in Pakistan, Zafar Bukhari stressed the need for reforms in education sector.
Answering a question, he said that agreements will be made with other provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan for awarding scholarships.

He said the forms for applying for scholarships will be available from local bank branches from next month, adding that the implementation of the programme will be started from January 2015.
Balochistan government's spokesman Jan Buledi was also present in the meeting.

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Balochistan govt announces Rs 1 billion for drought-hit areas

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Wednesday said that the provincial government has allocated one billion rupees for the drought-hit areas of Balochistan.

Addressing a press conference at the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) office, the chief minister said that a committee under the leadership of Balochistan Minister for Disaster and Home Sarfraz Bugti and Adviser to Chief Minister on Livestock Ubaidullah Babad has been constituted to address the problems of the people of drought-hit areas.

“There have been no rains in Zhob, Musa Khail, Kohlu, Barkhan and Dera Bugti which had drastically affected the agriculture and livestock of these districts. Agriculture and livestock are two main sources of income for the people of these areas,” he added.

Responding to a question, Baloch said that the government does not have enough resources to construct dams or water reservoirs in Balochistan. “At least 200 PC-1s have been prepared for the construction of medium-sized dams to end the water crisis but we do not have enough resources to allocate such a huge amount,” he added.

He said that the water shortage is severe from Zhob to Khuzdar, where ground level water has been rapidly declining. “People have to dig over 1,000 feet deep now,” he said. The chief minister also said that the local administration would launch a campaign against illegal tube well connections in Quetta.

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