Balochistan

Snowfall, rain in Zhob; mountains wear white blanket

By: Rafiullah Mandokhail ZHOB: Zhob valley received the first snowfall of the winter accompanied by light rain, intensifying the cold wave and bringing the mercury down here. High-altitude areas including Koh-e-Sulaiman, Shin ghar, Sangay ghar, Gustoi and Babar and plain areas including the city received snowfall and rain that began late in the night. Severe cold also gripped neighboring Sherani ...

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Para staff warned to boycott anti-polio campaign against due payments

By:  Rafiullah Mandokhail ZHOB: Para Medical Staff Association has lamented the district health department and the provincial health authorities for their failure to pay the due payments to the staff. “Para medial staff has not been paid the dues for carrying out the anti-measles campaign in the urban and remote urban areas of the district,” said president of the association ...

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UNHCR supporting vulnerable women to stand on their own feet

By: Humera Karim QUETTA:  It was an uphill task for a 27-year-old Afghan refugee girl to live in a traditional society having no source of income, skills and exposure – but thanks to UNHCR’s Safe from the Start programme which skilled her and empowered her, she is becoming self-reliant. Born and raised in Quetta, Fareeda Bibi’s family fled Afghanistan due ...

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Balochistan Awami Party’s Manzoor Kakar wins Senate by-election

QUETTA: The Secretary General of Balochistan Awami Party Manzoor Kakar won the Senate seat during the by-polls on Monday. According to details, Kakar secured 38 votes, while Balochistan National Party (Mengal)’s Ghulam Nabi Mari was the close second with 23 votes in the polling held at the Balochistan provincial assembly. The seat fell vacant after the death of PkMAP Senator ...

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Human Development Index: Uncovering where Balochistan Stands

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Recently, Chinese government revealed the number of higher education scholarships allocated for the youth of Balochistan which is around 7,000 annually. However, among currently enrolled 25,000 students in Chinese universities, less than 200 students are from Balochistan. The Chinese authorities shared this data with the delegation of tribal leaders during their visit to China. Former member ...

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ADB to provide $107m to Balochistan for water management

QUETTA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Balochistan government on Saturday signed an agreement of a $107 million loan and grant in so as to improve the irrigation infrastructure and water resource management in the province. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan witnessed singing the project agreement by Additional Chief Secretary for Development, Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta and ADB Country Director for ...

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Democracy should not fail to resolve Baloch missing persons’ issue 

 By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Langove has assured that the issue of Baloch missing persons will be resolved in the next three months. He expressed his assurance on Sunday while visiting a protest camp set up by relatives of Baloch missing persons in Quetta.  Talking to the media Mir Zia Langove said that they did not ...

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Refugees turned the desert green

By: Humera Karim CHAGHI:  Afghan refugees in the remote district of Chagai putting in efforts to transform the rocks and desert into the green farms – contributing to the local economy and a better environment. Posti Refugee village is a self-sufficient organic farm in the barren hills of a rocky desert area in District Chaghi, in the North West corner ...

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Social Sector Development in Balochistan: A Way Forward

By: Dr Asma Hyder Baloch The economy of Balochistan is largely dependent upon livestock, agriculture, fisheries and production of natural gas, coal and minerals. Including Quetta, the infrastructure in the province presents a bleak picture of the development and stands much behind when it is compared to rest of the country. Historically, limited farming in the east as well as ...

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PMA deplores govt failure to recover the kidnapped neurosurgeon

By: Rafiullah Mandokhail ZHOB: Pakistan Medial Association (PMA) Quetta Zone has expressed deep concern over the failure of government to recover the kidnapped neurosurgeon Dr. Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil. Pakistan Medical Association Quetta Zone, PMA Balochistan, Bolan Medical Teachers Association (BMTA), Young Doctors Association (YDA), Baloch Doctors Forum, Malgari Doctoran, YCA and All Pakistan Para Medical Staff Federation’s representatives in a meeting ...

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