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HRCP report on Balochistan

 Daily Times Editorial Balochistan, that ill-fated province, is the epicentre of attention nowadays, and as usual for all the wrong reasons. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has released a fact-finding report assessing the situation in Balochistan. It says violence is continuing unabated. The report addresses terror attacks on minorities and the Ziarat Residency in particular. One of the ...

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Eleven new Balochistan ministers take oath today

QUETTA: Eleven new ministers of the Balochistan cabinet are set to be administered oath at a ceremony in Quetta today (Monday). According to the government sources the five ministers of PML-N, three of National Party and three from Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) will be inducted into the cabinet. New ministers are likely to be Mujibur Rehman Muhammad Hasni, Sardar ...

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New Govt seen as sign of hope in Balochistan: HRCP

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday launched the report of a fact-finding mission to Balochistan. Apart from the overall human rights situation in the province, the mission looked at a terrorist attack on students of a women’s university in Quetta and the subsequent attack at a hospital where the casualties were taken, and the bombing at ...

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BNM appeals to int’l organisations for assistance to quake victims

QUETTA: The Baloch National Movement (BNM) has urged the international humanitarian organisations to step forward and directly help the Baloch victims, rather than relying on Pakistani authorities. In a statement from London, BNM representative Hammal Haidar Baloch said BNM with the help of Baloch Students Organization – Azad (BSO-A) and some local NGOs, had been tirelessly working to provide relief ...

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Quake jolts Balochistan

QUETTA: Once again quake jolted Balochitan on Saturday, when  a 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Pakistan. According to the meteorological officials the earthquake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres and its epicentre was 80 kilometres southwest of Khuzdar in Balochistan, senior meteorologist Tauseef Alam said. Another meteorologist, Shahid Mehmood, said that the tremors were felt in Khuzdar and towns ...

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Khuzdar: Armed men wound three people

Khuzdar: Three people were wounded when armed men opened fire on a vehicle in Khuzdar district on National Highway. As a result, a person identified, as Nazeer Ahmed, and his two companions sustained injuries in the shooting. The attackers later set the vehicle on fire and fled the scene. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital by levies personnel. ...

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Musharraf ‘free to move’ as court grants bail in Bugti murder case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Wednesday granted bail to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the death of Baloch nationalist Akbar Bugti, his lawyers said, bringing closer his possible release after nearly six months of house arrest. According to media reports,  Musharraf has now been granted bail in three major cases against him, including one relating to the assassination of former ...

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JUI-F leader among two killed in Balochistan

  QUETTA: Two people, including a JUI leader, were killed in separate firing incidents in different parts of Balochistan on Wednesday. According to sources, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on JUI district leader Maulvi Fateh Muhammad in Sanjavi area of Ziarat district. As a result, he sustained serious wounds and died on the spot. The assailants fled the scene. ...

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Balochistan CM pledges transparency in distribution of quake items

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch had pledged complete transparency in distribution of relief items among the earthquake-affected people of Awaran and other districts. Briefing members of the provincial Assembly on Thursday, he said that officials had been clearly told about intentions of the government that it would not tolerate any pilferage of relief goods and supplies. “If ...

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Letter : A call for int’l help from quake-hit Balochistan

To, His Excellency Mr Ban Ki-Moon United Nations Secretary-General UN Headquarters New York, NY 10017 USA Dear Mr Secretary General, We write to you from the middle of Balochistan’s worst quake-hit area, Awaran, where a deadly 7.7 magnitude earthquake killed more than a thousand people on September 24th, 2013. The powerful quake toppled numerous mud-built houses in Awaran and Turbat ...

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