Monday, May 02, 2005

FC man killed in mine blast

FC man killed in mine blast

QUETTA: A Frontier Corps (FC) personnel was killed in a landmine blast in the Kahan area on Wednesday. FC spokesman Lt Col Rizwan Malik said the incident happened on Wednesday morning when a paramilitary personnel stepped on a landmine. He would not say who had planted the mine, although authorities have blamed tribesmen for similar attacks in the province.

Malik said another group of paramilitaries defused a landmine in the same area. Separately, police commandos were deployed on trains travelling in Balochistan, an official said. Five police commandos would guard each passenger train and metal detectors were installed at stations, said Railways police official Naeem Kakar. Meanwhile, Jafarabad police official Naseebullah Khan said that two Baloch were arrested in connection with Tuesday’s railways explosions, which injured a civilian and three policemen.

Shaukat Aziz asks for quick work on Gwadar Port

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has ordered work on Gwadar Port to be quickened in order to complete it without any delays.

A meeting was held at Prime Minister’s House on Wednesday to review the progress on the port’s construction. The prime minister was told that dredging work to deepen Gwadar Port had started and would be completed by 2006.

The meeting also reviewed the progress on road construction and was told that work to link the port to several parts of the country would be quickened.

The meeting was told that Gwadar airport was being upgraded and that work on the telecommunications network to link Gwadar to the rest of the country was also being quickened.

The National Highway Authority (NHA) chairman briefed the meeting on roads, saying they were being constructed so that goods could be transported upcountry quickly.

The meeting decided to speed up work on the Special Economic Zones to attract investors and provide incentives to them to generate more employment opportunities.

The meeting also decided to provide ancillary facilities as well as utilities at Gwadar on priority.

Shaukat Aziz said the Policy Board on Gwadar should meet every month so that work could be monitored and accelerated.

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Yousaf, Ports And Shipping Minister Babar Khan Ghauri, Industries Minister Jehangir Tareen and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Salman Shah attended the meeting.

Enlightened moderation not in conflict with Islam: President Gen Pervez Musharraf’s enlightened moderation is not in conflict with the teachings of Islam, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told Ejazul Haq, minister for religious affairs, who met him at Prime Minister’s House on Wednesday. Mr Haq presented to the prime minister a report on the targets and performance of his ministry, Online reported.

Mr Aziz and Mr Haq also discussed Haj and Umrah policies.

The prime minister said Islam stood for love, peace, amity and tolerance and that there was need to highlight the true spirit of Islam so that wrong perceptions prevailing in West about Islam were removed.

Babar Khan Ghauri, the minister for ports and shipping, also called on the prime minister and discussed the situation of Sindh with particular reference to Karachi and Hyderabad, NNI reported. agencies

Land business in Gwadar has no legal security: SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday questioned the excessive sale and purchase of land in Gwadar district and observed that every transaction and deal was being made without any legal cover and was a form of fraud. Justice Khaliur Rehman Ramday, a judge on a three-member SC bench, observed that the Balochistan government had no right to sell any part of land without legal cover. “A plot is being purchased and sold again and again without any record. Neither is the plot shown to anyone nor is the exact location being pinpointed. No deal has a concrete foundation or record,” Ramday said. He added that after some time it would be very troublesome to accommodate these cases. A three-member bench of Justice Hamid Ali Mirza, Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday and Justice Nasirul Mulk was hearing identical appeals regarding a dispute over 700 acres of land in Gwadar. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Balochistan Board of Revenue have appealed against the order of the Balochistan High Court, which had confirmed that compensation to the respondent was not in accordance with prevailing market rates. At the last hearing, the Supreme Court had stayed the construction of an international airport on the land in question.

Gwadar port dredging to be completed by 2006

By Our Reporter

ISLAMABAD, April 27: Dredging work on Gwadar Deep-Sea Port has commenced and is expected to be completed by 2006. According to a press release, this was informed in a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz here on Wednesday to review the progress on Gwadar Deep-Sea Port.

Reviewing the progress with regard to construction of roads, the meeting was told that work on roads to link the port with different parts of the country would be expedited.

The meeting was informed that the Gwadar Airport was being upgraded, while work on the telecommunication network was also being expedited to link Gwadar with the rest of the country.

The meeting decided that work on special economic zones would be accelerated to attract investors and provide incentives to them for generating more employment opportunities. Similarly, it was decided that ancillary facilities as well as utilities would be made available in Gwadar on priority basis.

The prime minister directed that the Policy Board on Gwadar to hold meetings on monthly basis so that work on the port could be monitored and accelerated.

Balochistan govt wants ride on Mercedes Benz

Ansar Abbasi

SLAMABAD: The Balochistan government has formally moved a case for permission from Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to purchase two bulletproof Mercedes Benz, a senior official source told The News from Quetta.

He said the case has been referred in black and white to the federal government by the province. Security of VVIPs and dignitaries has been given as reason for buying the bulletproof Mercedes Benz that cost several times more than the ordinary one.

It is not yet clear as to which model of the Mercedes Benz the Balochistan government is eyeing but if the province has to buy what the federal government has ordered, each limousine would cost Rs 70 million and that, too, in foreign exchange.

The Balochistan government is already having a few Mercedes including the one belonging to the federal government. During his tenure as premier, Jamali allocated two Mercedes, one each in Quetta and Karachi for his use. However, none of these limousines were returned to the federal government.

Within the last couple of years, the Balochistan government has already purchased two Lexus - the most expensive model of the Toyota Make - for the provincial chief minister and the governor.

But, according to sources, the Balochistan government has been inspired by the federal government's decision to buy 61 bulletproof Mercedes, each costing Rs 70 million, for the security of the VVIPs.

At the federal level, the Cabinet Division is in the process of buying 31 bulletproof Mercedes including 10 Jeeps. A few of these have already been arrived. Besides these 31 Mercedes of the Cabinet Division, the Interior Ministry is also purchasing 30 bulletproof Mercedes Benz. All these Mercedes are being bought for VVIPs' security.

Twenty 5-door Land Cruiser Jeeps with jammers are also being bought for the VVIPs security on federal government's initiative but the provinces would foot the bill for this purchase. The prime minister had to use his discretionary power to relax the ban and allow this purchase.

The provinces are free to purchase the locally assembled vehicles on their own but for foreign assembled vehicles, they are bound to get clearance from the federal government. In 1998, while General Musharraf was the chief executive, the government had imposed complete ban on the purchase of new vehicles.

All the government departments and agencies were barred from buying new cars. However, it was left to the discretion of the chief executive/prime minister to issue a no objection certificate (NoC) where such a purchase was considered unavoidable.

NCHD striving to end illiteracy in Balochistan

By our correspondent

QUETTA: The National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has determined to remove illiteracy from Balochistan by 2015.

Briefing newsmen here the other day, General Manager NCHD district Pishin Malik Anwar Saleem Kasi said initially the NCHD had launched its work in 2003 in four districts of Balochistan - Pishin, Killa Saifullah, Mastung and Jaffarabad - to promote education and ensure provision of basic health facilities to the people of these areas.

The NHCD efforts, he said, resulted in 30 per cent increase in enrolment rate in Pishin, enabling the children of remote areas to get education. He added that currently in Pishin 2,080 volunteers, trained by the NCHD, were engaged in the promotion of education in the district.

Kasi said work was in progress on projects pertaining to health and education in these districts. He added that NCHD was striving to bridge gaps between Education Department and communities to advance its agenda of increasing educational ratio.

Replying to a question, he said NCHD was prepared to introduce this programme in other districts with an objective to promote education in the province.

Regarding health projects, he said the NCHD was making efforts to create a system of indigenous cooperation and management to ensure provision of fundamental facilities to masses.

Kasi said the NCHD has two types of major areas of work in health, Primary Health Care Extension (PHCE) and Oral Dehydration Solution (ODS).

The goal of PHCE is to reduce the infant and maternal morality rate by educating communities, especially mothers, he maintained.

JSQM chief fears for his life

By our correspondent

JAMSHORO: Chairman of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Bashir Khan Qureshi claimed on Wednesday that a conspiracy to kill him and launching an operation against their activists had been hatched. Addressing a press conference, he gave a province-wide protest call against the incident of attack on him in Sann. Chairman of the Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz, Bashir Khan Qureshi alleged that during the anniversary programme of GM Syed in Sann, two policemen had attempted to kill him but his activists protected him and they were caught and handed over to police with the request of lodging a case against them. But a case was not registered, he said.

Magsi asks people to support nationalists

By our correspondent

SUKKUR: Chairman Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party Dr Qadir Magsi on Wednesday asked the people of Sindh to support the nationalists and cast vote in their favour. Only true nationalists can safeguard the rights of Sindhi nation, he said this while addressing a press conference at Daharki. He claimed that the people of Sindh were deprived of their rights because they always cast vote in favour of vested interests, who did nothing for the people of Sindh in parliament. Criticising the 1973 Constitution, Dr Magsi said: "It does not provide rights to the Sindhi nation, therefore, we are opposing it." "We will take active part in the forthcoming local bodies elections," he said and asked the Sindhi nation to vote for the true nationalists.


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