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Plight Of Air Passengers In Balochistan

Adnan Aamir The word Balochistan is synonymous with deprivation in Pakistan. There isn’t a single federal department that is not depriving Balochistan of its legitimate rights. Now, Civil Aviation Authority and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have also joined the ranks of the organizations that are directly responsible for deprivation in Balochistan. A huge number of citizens from Balochistan visit Middle ...

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Not A Single Federal Secretary From Balochistan

Islamabad – Among the pool of 40 federal secretaries there is not a single one from Balochistan, reported The News. Federal secretaries are grade-22 government servants controlling federal ministries and only subordinate to their respective federal minister. Out of 40 federal secretaries, 22 are from Punjab, 11 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 3 from Sindh, 2 each from Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad ...

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PIA Treating People Of Balochistan As Children Of Lesser God

Adnan Aamir Sajid Baloch works as a construction worker in Dubai and visits his family in Balochistan, once in six months. He used to fly directly from Quetta, his hometown, to Dubai through Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights. Life was easy for him back then but not anymore. When he visited his home in April this year, He had to ...

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Rising Wealth and Poverty in Pakistan

Sharif NuhaaQ Baloch According to the World Ultra Wealth Report, Pakistan is home to 415 super-rich people and their assets are worth approximately $50bn. Last year, there were 310 Pakistanis in the category with assets worth $40bn. Increase in number of wealthy people in Pakistan proves that affluent people are doing really well. Apparently all this sounds good but the ...

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Youth Loan Scheme: Only 13 Applicants From Balochistan Secured Loans

Quetta – Only 13 applicants from Balochistan have secured loans from much hyped Prime Minister Youth Business Loan scheme, reported Jang Quetta, on Saturday. Youth Loan scheme was started by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2013 to promote youth entrepreneurship in Pakistan. Two batches of applicants have been provided with the loans; first in February 2014 and second in June ...

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Lyari: Who will be the godfather? – Final Part

Author: Razzak Sarbazi Translator: Ahmed Muneeb For Part-1 of this article click here For Part-2 of this article click here For Part-3 of this article click here For Part-4 of this article click here Mullah Sultan was a man of strong nerves. He went to participate in Afghan jihad from Gul Muhammad Lane in Lyari. He joined those groups of ...

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China-Punjab Economic Corridor

Cartoon by Sabir Nazir for The Friday Times

Adnan Aamir Last time I checked Pakistan was a federation of four provinces. However, the current federal government of Pakistan apparently only considers Punjab to be Pakistan. When the incumbent federal government came into power it was called a Punjab-centric government from the outset. The 51 agreements signed between China and Pakistan, or more accurately Punjab, have proved beyond any ...

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Fighting Resistance To Administer Polio Drops

Nadir Jailani Sajida Bibi knocks on each door in Killi Shakar Khan Quetta to ask if there are children below 5 in the house. With a gesture of compliance she enters the house. She squeezes the cheeks of a child, presses the slender plastic bottle, drops three dots of anti-poliomyelitis vaccine and marks the vaccine with a marker on the ...

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Widespread Industrial Fire Incidents In Pakistan

Hanif Dilmurad Industrial accidents and fire incidents are every day routine in most industrial cities of Pakistan. Absence of precautionary measures and lack of robust regulatory systems has put the lives of laborers in permanent danger. List of industrial incidents in Pakistan is very long.  On December 28, 2014, Timber market near Old Haji Camp in Karachi gutted. As a ...

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Letter: Sindh Crying For Peace

Sindh used to be recognized as a land of love, peace and Sufis but nowadays Sindh is confronting many problems related to violence for the last few years. On the 30th of January 2015, a bomb blast struck main Imam Bargah of Shikarpur during Juma Prayer. As a result 72 innocent people lost their lives. This is not the Sindh ...

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