Sunday, June 12, 2005

Mr. Musharraf got 10 huge plots in Gwadar

Mr. Musharraf got 10 huge plots inside the residential area of Gwadar so he in his personal bases is also in hurry, but the main ideology is that, to bring in more biharies and Muhajirs and Punjabies in Balochistan for their permanent over taking Baloch lands, as their bacterial multiplication in Punjab and Sindh reduces their space they need more space and resources for their bacterial multiplication.

President for completing Gwadar port by June 2006

Warns against obstruction to Balochistan projects

ISLAMABAD: President Gen Pervez Musharraf has said the government is committed to develop Balochistan, however, it would not tolerate moves opposed to progress and welfare of the province.

Chairing a high-level meeting called to review progress on Gwadar development project at Army House in Rawalpindi on Friday, the president said Gwadar was the biggest developmental project in country’s history and it would contribute to ongoing endeavours meant for strengthening economy and elevating common man’s living standards.

He directed the authorities concerned to make available all required infrastructure facilities at Gwadar port before June 2006. The president said with the completion of Gwadar port project, Pakistan would become hub of economic activities in the entire region.

He asked the authorities concerned to expedite work on linking Gwadar with the country’s other main highways and providing water, power, housing and communication facilities there at the earliest. He also directed them to accelerate work on plan meant for linking Gwadar with Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asian states and China by road.

The president said the completion of Gwadar project would usher in the new era of development and prosperity in Pakistan and would generate enormous economic activity. This would also create immense employment opportunities, reduce poverty and attract huge investments both from within the country and abroad, he said. Musharraf said Gwadar port completion would also increase Pakistan’s trade with Central Asian states, adding progress of the project would be reviewed after every three months.

Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, on the occasion, said the centre would make available every possible financial resources for the timely completion of Gwadar port. He, however, made it clear that no compromise over the quality work on the project would be made.

Chairman Gwadar Port Implementation Authority Akbar Ali Pesnani informed the guests that highest standards are being observed in dredging of the port, which would enable it to harbour larger ships. He said the deepening of the channel to 14.5 m started in January 2005 and would be completed by June 2006. He also updated the participants about the state of civil work at the port, including administrative block, residences, access road etc.

Director-General Gwadar Development Authority, Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri, said that the authority aims at developing a modern city, furnished with state-of-the-art facilities and utilities.

Chairman National Highway Authority Maj-Gen Farrukh Javed informed the participants that a strict check is in place to ensure high quality of roads. He apprised the participants of the progress on linking Gwadar through road infrastructure with the rest of the country.

Later, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Muhammad Yousuf told newsmen that the completion of the Gwadar seaport and introduction of modern facilities would usher in massive socio-economic development in Balochistan. He said a large hospital has already started serving the people and technical training institutes are being set up to groom local youth into skilled professionals. Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghauri and Communications Minister Muhammad Shamim Siddiqui said they would strive to meet the targets and complete the projects in time.

‘Arrest of would-be suicide bombers removed major threat’

ISLAMABAD: The arrest of two sisters, who allegedly trained to become suicide bombers, has removed a major threat to the country, amid a renewed wave of sectarian bloodshed, officials said on Friday.

Police had spent a year hunting for the female militants, who were named as Arifa and Habiba and said by officials to be the well-educated daughters of a wealthy bank executive. Security officials said that, while on the run, the pair had each married a top member of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group.

"It removes a major threat because such an unusual attack using female suicide bombers would have caused a lot of damage," said a senior official, involved in the fight against sectarian terrorism. "It would have set an example for others to follow."

However, the women’s mother insisted her daughters, the first women ever to be arrested on charges of being suicide bombers in Pakistan, were innocent. "My daughters are educated and religious," she told AFP by telephone from the family home in Karachi. "They have performed Hajj. But they are not suicide bombers."

She would not give her name, but her husband Sher Baloch Muhammad is a senior officer at a bank in Karachi. "They went to a relative’s house last year and have been missing since," the mother added. "We searched and searched but only today we came to know that they have been arrested.

"How can I accept this? Now we can only pray for their release. Everybody is pointing fingers towards our family, and we can only pray that peace returns to our family and our innocent daughters get released."

Investigators said the sisters were brainwashed by their uncle, Gul Hasan, who was sentenced to death last week for killing 45 people in two suicide attacks on Imambargahs in Karachi in 2004.

Police sources said they suspected the two girls had stayed away from the family after Hasan was arrested in June last year, fearing their own arrest. The women were arrested as they walked along a road near Swat along with one of Lashkar’s most wanted militants, identified as Saifullah Bilal, security officials said.

Bilal, said to be the head of the group’s operations in the North West Frontier Province, near the Afghan border, was married to one of the sisters, but it was not clear which one, they said.

The other militant said to have wedded one of the women, identified as alleged key suicide attack planner Asif Choto, was still at large, police said. Police say they suspect the group was behind a suicide bombing on a shrine in Islamabad on May 27, which killed 21 people, and an attack on a mosque in Karachi three days later in which five died. Police first drew attention to the two women in July 2004 when security forces were placed on high alert and told to look out for the pair.

Six hurt in Quetta bazaar blaze

By our correspondent

QUETTA: At least six persons sustained burn injuries in a fire that erupted in Segi Bazaar Gulistan, some 75km away from the provincial capital on Friday. According to reports reaching here, 12 shops were gutted when an explosive material went off in a shop of the Segi Bazaar. The nearby shops also caught fire and it could not be extinguished because of non-availability of fire brigade there. Residents put out the fire in four hours on self-help basis. Some six persons received burns injuries in their bid to douse the fire. The injured were shifted to a local hospital where their condition is stated to be stable.

Two killed over Karo-Kari

By our correspondent

JACOBABAD: Two people were killed on the pretext of Karo- Kari near Naseerabad in Balochistan on Friday. The District Police Officer, Naseerabad, Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, said one Noor Ahmed gunned down his wife, Ladoo Khatoon, and Azad Khan at village Mukhtiar Khan Buledi in the jurisdiction of Manjhoo Shoree police station of the Naseerabad district.

The American must be convinced that the money they provide to Pakistan for social and economical uplifts are being used for wrong purposes and no relief to ordinary people.

They are being used to buy more weapons and development and tests for these weapons.

Such aid should directed directly to poop peoples uplifts etc.

Baloch unity.

US to give $200m budget support

By Our Reporter

ISLAMABAD, June 10: The United States will provide Pakistan an additional $200 million to support the social and economic investments envisaged in the budget.

An agreement to this effect was signed by US Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Lisa Chiles, Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and Economic Affairs Secretary Khalid Saeed here on Friday.

US officials said the additional funding was the first instalment of budget support from the $3 billion five-year assistance package that President George Bush pledged to Pakistan during his June 2003 meeting with President Gen Pervez Musharraf.

It brings US grant, budget support and reimbursements to Pakistan during the current fiscal year to more than $1 billion, according to the officials.

The funds would expand health care coverage, increase access to quality education, improve water supply and sanitation and expand farm-to-market roads, they said.

Ambassador Crocker said: “Pakistan is amongst only a handful of countries in the world selected to receive this type of flexible budget.”

“These funds respond to priorities identified by the Pakistani government in response to the expressed needs of the Pakistani people,” he said.

The funding is in addition to the $147.6 million in development assistance provided by USAID for similar purpose last month. It brings total USAID support to the country during the current fiscal year to $347.6 million.

Call for release of BSO leaders

By Our Correspondent

QUETTA, Jan 10: Baloch Students Organization leaders Dr Allah Nazar Baloch, Ali Nawaz Gohar and Akhtar Nadeem Baloch have called upon the government to release their members arrested in Karachi on March 24.

Speaking at a press conference, they said that if the arrested persons were alive then they should be produced before a court of law and if killed then their bodies should be handed over to them.

They said a Sindh High Court bench had on June 4 directed the home secretary of the Sindh government to produce the detainees in the court and demanded compliance with the court’s directive.

Those who spoke at the press conference included the elder brother of Dr Nazar and Mr Gohar, Safar Khan Baloch, and father of Mr Nadeem, Lal Bakhsh Baloch.

They said they would never bow before rulers to beg for release of their children and added that they only wanted that the government should tell them the truth. They stated that seven members of the BSO were arrested in Karachi on March 24 but four of them were released after two months.

Postponement of interviews criticized

By Our Correspondent

QUETTA, June 10: The Balochistan Unemployed Agriculture Graduates Association on Friday criticized the postponement of interviews for appointments in the water management project.

Speaking at a news conference at the press club, the association’s representatives claimed that 1,400 candidates from different areas in the province had arrived here for the interviews scheduled for Friday but the selection committee refused to take interviews on the pretext its members were busy.

They said posts of grades 16 and 17 were advertised in newspapers and it was notified that the interviews would be held on Friday.

They said the candidates occupied the building in protest when the selection committee’s members refused to hold the interviews.

They said representatives of the protesting candidates were invited by committee to resolve the issue after the occupation but the talks remained fruitless because of after they termed irresponsible behaviour of Balochistan Health Minister Hafiz Hamadullah.

They said the association would react strongly if the laid down procedure was violated during the selection.

We were always afraid from Punjabi, Muhajirs tabligi groups activities in Baloch communities, we agree that Punjabis want to make money on their lose war on terrorism we must be very careful from these people,

They want to link Baloch freedom fighters to al qaudia and want to destroy our freedom movement.

Take care.

Long live Baloch freedom fighters.

Baloch unity.

Brainwashed sisters

IT is horrifying to know that two sisters, both college students, were preparing to become suicide bombers. If they had succeeded in carrying out their fiendish deed, they would have been Pakistan’s first females to kill and maim people in the name of religion. Aged 18 and 20, the sisters were trained in this killing art by their uncle, who himself has been sentenced to death for his involvement in suicide attacks. The uncle belonged to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi. The ban seems to have had no chastening effect on the Lashkar members, for it was this Lashkar which struck at Madinatul Ilm mosque in Karachi late last month. Driven underground, it has managed to survive and continue with its activities. However, the most pernicious of its activities is the way it is able to indoctrinate young people with its murderous philosophy.

Those who poison young minds may not necessarily be suicide-bombers or terrorist themselves; they are “ideologues” quietly working for various sectarian outfits. It is they who are far more lethal than the terrorists in the field. Activists and commandos are born because they are won over to the cause by these preachers, who impart a perverted concept of religion to the people. The fact that two college girls should have fallen into their trap shows their power over youth. The two girls are not the only ones infected with a dose of a perverted philosophy being pedalled as Islam; there are a large number of others who are regularly brainwashed into becoming blind followers of the preachers of hatred. They do not think for themselves and are utterly devoid of any human values that any civilized society cherishes. The only concept they have of religion is a totalitarian ideology which believes in the physical elimination of those who disagree with them. Governmental measures have evidently failed to curb the activities of the Lashkar and other sectarian outfits. Basically, it is for the ulema and the enlightened sections of society to counter this challenge to the very foundations of our society. Religious extremism has done enormous harm to Pakistan. It has not only given a bad image to the country; it stands in the way of the country’s development on liberal, democratic lines.

US vigorously opposed to Iran, Pak, India gas pipe line,

Every body is welcome to have their say on this issue.

Baloch unity.


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