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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Monday, 27 October 2014

Balochistan to give land for Sibi University and HEC Centre

ISLAMABAD: The Balochistan government has issued directions for allotment of land in the cities of Sibi and Quetta for the establishment of Sibi University and HEC Regional Centre in Quetta, respectively.

The decision comes after a request from Higher Education Commission Chairman Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmed for allocation of land as the commission has been instrumental in promoting higher education for youths in less-developed areas. In order to achieve this target, the HEC upgraded the existing higher education institutions in its first phase and also recommended establishment of new institutions in different parts of the country on a need basis.

To this effect, a detailed feasibility study was carried out in 2007 to assess the potential of new universities and sub-campuses of existing universities in each district of Balochistan. Towns of Turbat, Loralai and Sibi were found suitable for the establishment of new universities. Accordingly, the University of Turbat and University of Loralai have been established and are in development phase while the construction of University of Sibi has been proposed during the current year. Now that the land will be allotted, development work will be able to begin. Likewise, the land allotment for HEC Regional Centre will also enable construction work to start.

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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Fighting climate change: AJK, Balochistan governments ink agreement

MUZAFFARABAD: The forest departments of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Balochistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share knowledge and research work on forestry, wildlife and fisheries with each other.

The MoU was signed by AJK Forest Minister Sardar Javid Ayub and Balochistan Forest Minister Obaidullah Jan on Saturday during a ceremony attended by several senior officials from both sides.

On the occasion, Jan said sharing knowledge and expertise with the forest department of AJK is a privilege for them as such initiatives will bridge the gap between the people of Balochistan and AJK.

“The thick forests of AJK are a source of inspiration for us and we will try to promote forestation drives in the hilly areas of our own province as well following the pattern of the AJK forest department,” Jan said.
The AJK minister said the forest department has taken the initiative of signing the MoU to highlight the importance of forests. “The agreement is proof that the role of forests in the preservation of ecological balance is vital and it is our collective responsibility to focus on forestation in the country. Without the joint collaboration, the rising issue of climate change will not be adequately addressed,” Ayub commented.

AJK Forest Secretary Farhat Ali Mir said besides the exchange of both forest officers and research teams, the MoU would also help promote national integration between Balochistan and AJK.

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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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