Friday, 3 October 2014

NAB Balochistan recovers Rs94mn during last three months

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan has recovered Rs94.122 million during the period from April to June this year.

According a newsletter of the Regional Bureau on Saturday, during the past quarter (April to June 2014), the NAB Balochistan arrested 14 accused persons who were involved in different corruption cases. The Bureau filed five corruption references in the Accountability Court Balochistan.

During the past quarter, NAB Balochistan received 268 complaints, out of these, 88 complaints were processed and converted into Complaints Verification (CVs), 47 complaints linked with the cases already under investigation and 14 complaints referred to the relevant departments.

The Bureau authorized 35 fresh inquiries during the past quarter and converted 13 inquiries into investigation. Out of these 13 investigations, the Regional Bureau converted three investigations into references while other cases are under Investigation.

The newsletter also shed light on Plea Bargain (PB) option given in National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 under Section 25 (b).

The newsletter states, there is a misconception about the 'Plea-Bargain'. The concept has been borrowed from the American Criminal Practice Code where Attorney General is vested with discretion of prosecution and even dropping of charge/charges.

However with reference to NAO, the Plea Bargain option is exercised by the accused at his own accord. It is a plea of guilty in exchange for lesser punishment. Such a person is disqualified from holding public office and obtaining loan from bank.

Being deemed to be guilty only sentence of imprisonment is waived. The allegation of discrimination while deciding Plea bargain amount is not true also as this matter is decided by plea bargain committee comprising of banking and legal experts.

The official document quoting DG NAB Balochistan says, many weak people come to the NAB with complaints against powerful people with a hope to get their right. Complaints come to the NAB from different sources, these complaints are verified and after verification NAB tries its best to provide relief and get justice for the victim.

NAB is committed to eradicate corruption from the society and NAB officers are working hard with sagacity for this noble cause of curbing corruption.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

CM vows to protect every inch of Balochistan

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Monday said that every inch of Balochistan would be defended and protected. “No compromise would be made on Reko Diq copper and gold project because it is the future of Balochistan and it will be utilised for the interests of the masses,” he added. He was addressing a public gathering in the Kadkocha area of Mastung District.

The CM said that the National Party (NP) was the chain of National Party Kalat State and National Awami Party.

“Mastung’s land is very fertile regarding Baloch national struggle. Our ancestors in Kalat State were baton -charged for the sake of national struggle and were even deported from Kalat,” he added.

Stressing upon further organising and consolidating the NP, he said, “We need to expedite our struggle because some frustrated elements were not digesting the better performance of NP. Anti-social elements are once again grouping against NP because they are restless and worried after power was taken from them with the power of masses that has harmed their personal interests.” Baloch said, “Gwadar District was allotted to land mafia by the corrupt representatives in the past but we have vowed that we would protect our coast and land, therefore illegal allotments made over thousands of acres in Pasni have been cancelled. The people of Pasni will soon be given land rights in Pasni.”

He said that defending Baloch resources and land was the key agenda of his party and no compromise would be made in this connection. The situation in the province has improved manifold during the last 18 months and the no one could raise a finger on NP representatives about their involvement in protecting criminals.

Referring to Baloch missing persons, he said the government was striving hard to trace out them. He said that after completion of Dadu-Khuzdar and DG Khan-Loralai transmission lines Rs 8 billion have been set aside for improvement of transmission line in interior Balochistan. The CM announced Rs 20 million for the provision of electricity in Kadkocha.

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Govt. taking measures for promoting fisheries sector in Balochistan

The Government of Balochistan is taking various measures for promotion and development of fisheries sector in the province.

According to Radio Pakistan quoting official sources that the government has allocated more than 549 million rupees for the development of fisheries sector in financial year 2014-2015.

Sources said that the Pasni fish processing unit would be functional at the cost of 25 Million rupees during the financial year 2014-2015. While the boats used for fishing would be upgraded.

Eight workshops will be set up for repairing of boats in the coastal area of Balochistan.Sources said loans will also be provided to the fishermen on easy installments for the development of fishing in the province.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Balochistan CM donates Rs 100m to flood victims of Punjab

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited flood-affected areas for 10 hours on 14th consecutive day on Wednesday and reviewed relief and rehabilitation activities in Multan and Muzaffargarh Districts.
Accompanied by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif visited tent villages near Graywala Pull in Multan District. According to a handout, two of Balochistan’s provincial ministers, Sarfraz Bugti and Abdul Rahim Zayaratwal, also accompanied them.

Chief Minister Baloch also gave a Rs 100 million cheque as financial assistance and 3 truckloads of relief items for the flood victims of Punjab Province. Addressing the calamity-hit people, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the people of Punjab would always remember love and brotherhood shown by the Balochistan government and people at this moment of need. He said that while the chief minister of Balochistan has come to flood-hit people of Punjab, the chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was participating in dance and music programmes in Islamabad, also leaving alone the distressed people of his own province. He said that 30 people have died in floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa while the chief minister of the province was enjoying musical gala.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that the Punjab government would extend help to the flood-hit people and would not rest content till complete rehabilitation and payment of compensation to all of the victims. He reiterated that the first instalment of the compensation would be paid to the victims before Eidul Azha.
The chief minister further said that besides financial assistance, seeds and fertilisers would also be given to the flood-hit farmers so that they could cultivate their lands and make the country prosperous.

Earlier, Chief Minister Shahbaz received Chief Minister Dr Baloch and members of his ministerial delegation at the airport.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Private Money Lending Bill moved in Balochistan Assembly

QUETTA: The Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill 2014 moved in Balochistan Assembly here on Monday.

The assembly session held with Speaker Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali in chair. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal tabled Prohibition of Private Money Lending Bill 2014. The assembly gave the bill exemption from Balochistan Rules and Conduct of Business 1975.

Speaking in the house, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F MPA, Sardar Abdul Rehman Khetran said that private money lending had financially destroyed several families in Balochistan.

He emphasized the need to put ban on private money lending, adding that it would be responsibility of the government to implement the law in letter and spirit that would be passed by the Balochistan Assembly against private money lending.

Minister Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal on behalf of Advisor to Chief Minister on Finance, Mir Khalid Langov put Balochistan Audit Report 2013-14 on the desks of the members of assembly. Speaker Mir Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali directed to hand over the audit report to Public Accounts Committee.

Meanwhile, Minister for Planning and Development, Dr. Hamid Khan Achakzai told the house that work on several ongoing road projects continued in different areas including Shahrag, Harani, Dera Allahyar, Hair Din, Osta Muhammad and others.

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Quaid-i-Azam’s Residency restored to its original shape

ZIARAT: Located in the mountainous Ziarat valley, Quaid-i-Azam’s Residency, which was destroyed by the militants in  June 2013, has been restored to its original glory.

The construction work, which was initiated under the supervision of renowned architect Nayyar Ali Dada, was completed in record four months.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the restored building of the Residency on Wednesday.

Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Shareef, federal ministers Abdul Qadir Baloch, Jam Kamal Khan and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri,Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai and Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, senior minister and PML-N Balochistan president Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Commander Southern Command Lt Gen. Nasser Khan Janjua, cabinet members, MPAs and provincial chief secretary  Saifullah Chatha were also present.

Ziarat Residency, a rest house used by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his last days, was burnt to ashes when miscreants stormed it on the night between June 13 and 14, 2013.

The provincial government did not accept the offer by the Federal Government and donors for the construction of the national monument.

“Qaid’s Residency has been restored to its original shape at a cost of Rs 140 million,” said the chief secretary while briefing the prime minister.

Under the supervision of Nayyar Ali Dada, execution committee worked day and night to rehabilitate the building, he added.

He noted that the terrorist act had almost raised 8,000 square feet area of the building. Only some material, including stones used in the walls and metal tubs etc remained safe.

“Diyar, Teak and some other precious wood has been used in the reconstruction of the building,” he added.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Kohlu-Dera Bugti area of Balochistan: E&P companies restart activities

Following an effective methodology adopted by the government, exploration and production (E&P) companies have restarted oil and gas exploration activities in the militancy-infested Kohlu-Dera Bugti area of Balochistan. The government has of late adopted an effective strategy to tap Pakistan''s biggest gas reserves of about 22 Trillion Cubic Feet (TCF) in the Kohlu-Dera Bugti area of Balochistan, which have the potential commercial value of $110 billion and realistic value of $77 billion and will last for 100 years.

"We are currently making a strategy for initiating gas exploration in district Kohlu and other potential areas with huge oil and gas reserves after a long wait for easing of the tension and armed resistance of the followers of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti following his killing in a military operation on August 26, 2006," a senior government official told Business Recorder here on Thursday.

The new chief of Mari tribe Nawab Changez Khan Mari, Mir Jam Kamal Khan, State Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, and PML-N Balochistan chapter chief Sardar Sanaullah Zehri have played an effective role in normalising the situation, which has enabled the E&P companies like state-run OGDCL, Mari Petroleum Limited and Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) to restart operations in the region," the official added.

"The US-based Occidental Petroleum Corporation prepared a seismic report of Kohlu district costing $20 million in 1992-93 and confided to the then government that the area has the potential gas reserves of 22 trillion cubic feet, which is enough for the next 100 years. But tension between Nawab Akber Bugti and the then regime had led to the stoppage of the initiation of exploration activities.

Out of the 22 TFC, the official said, 15 TFC gas reserves are easily recoverable. Kohlu district is located some 20 kilometers from Sui, where gas reserves of eight TFC were discovered some 50 years back. Pakistan has so far utilised only five TFC of gas reserves of the Sui gas field in 50 years while five TFC gas reserves are yet to be utilised. In the past, the government failed to launch exploration activities in Kohlu, Dera Bugti and Barkhan areas of the Balochistan because of the armed resistance by the followers of Nawab Bugti.

The government has awarded an exploration license to the Oil and Gas Company Limited (OGDCL) on December 29, 2004 of Block No 2968-3 of Kohlu covering an area of 2459.11 sq km, located in Kohlu and Dera Bugti agencies, district Barkhan of Balochistan. The block falls in the prospective Zone-II, Kohlu. This is a joint venture of the OGDCL and MGCL with working interest shares: OGDCL: 60 percent (Operator) and MGCL: 40 percent.

OGDCL had constructed an 80-kilometer long road which connected Kup -a far-flung area of Kohlu- with the main highway to start the exploration activities in the area, official said and added that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is personally monitoring the situation and has directed the OGDCL and other companies to materialise these projects as early as possible. For the exploration activities, the government has not only engaged local politicians and tribal leaders but has also started a number of health, education, socio-economic projects for welfare of the locals.

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