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Security personnel martyred in Mohmand mine blast

A security personnel was martyred and another injured in a mine blast in Mohmand district on Wednesday, reported Radio Pakistan. Reports relayed that the unfortunate incident occurred when security forces were clearing mines in the area. Consequently, a search operation was launched in the area. Earlier this week, on Jan 21, three miners were killed in a coal mine blast in Balochistan. Rescue workers were able to retrieve their bodies. They were identified as Muhammad Omar, Abdul Manan and Abdul Ghani. Mines and…

Balochistan classic example of misgovernance; Sindh, Punjab even worse, says Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Wednesday that Balochistan’s last ten years is a classic example of misgovernance by the provincial governments. “Last ten years of Balochistan is a classic example of misgovernance by provincial Govts pension liability gone up from 290M to 28.5B in 10 years, prov Govt recruited 206,000 Peons only, Punjab and Sind are even worse where Shahbaz Sharif and Murad Shah played havoc with funds,” he said in a scathing attack on political…

EU to invest €40mn in Balochistan water conservation projects

ISLAMABAD: The European Union and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Tuesday agreed to collaborate on Balochistan water conservation projects. This was told by EU Ambassador to Pakistan Jean-Francois Cautaian and IUCN Country Representative Mahmood Akhtar Cheema who called on Advisor to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam in Islamabad. Under the agreement the European Union will provide 40 million Euros and the IUCN will provide technical and human resource assistance. The…

Earthquake tremors felt in Quetta, adjoining areas

QUETTA: An earthquake jolts struck the provincial capital and other cities of northern and eastern Balochistan on Wednesday night, however no loss of life was reported. According to ARY News correspondent, the tremor struck Quetta and other areas at around 1.30am, forcing people to leave their homes and workplaces and rush into the open. The metrological department said that the epicentre of the 3.0 magnitude earthquake was found some 10km southeast of Kharan. The quake originated in 25km depth. According to reports, the…

Balochistan’s mineral wealth can change Pakistan’s fate: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday asserted that Balochistan’s mineral wealth can transform Pakistan into a prosperous country. Talking to the participants of third National Security Workshop Balochistan, PM Imran said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor would open new vista of development and progress in Balochistan. He underscored the need for skill development in Balochistan and said that the government was seeking help from China to overcome the issue. The prime minister said that the government was…

BAP’s Manzoor Ahmed Kakar wins Senate by-poll

ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) candidate Manzoor Ahmad Kakar on Tuesday bagged victory in the by-election on a Senate seat from Balochistan. According to unofficial results, Mr Manzoor Kakar, the joint candidate of the coalition government of the province, won the Senate seat by securing 38 votes. However, his contender Ghulam Nabi Mari of Balochistan National Party (BNP) bagged 23 votes. 63 members of the house exercised their right of vote, while two of the senators did not cast their vote. Speaking on the…

KP, Punjab in grip of cold wave after rain

ISLAMABAD/QUETTA: Heavy rainfall coupled with snowfall in Khyber Pakhtonkhwa, Balochistan has intensified cold wave in different cities of the provinces, ARY News reported on Saturday. The Pakistan Meteorological Department has also predicted rainfall with snow at the hills as the westerly wave affecting western and upper parts of the country would likely to grip different parts of the country today. Director National Weather Forecasting Centre (PMD) Dr Khalid said that the prevailing weather system was persisting in…

SC seeks Balochistan govt’s reply on water commission report

ISLAMABAD: A two-member commission formed to probe into non-availability of potable water in Balochistan’s Bolan district submitted its interim report in the Supreme Court on Thursday. A bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu case related to a shortage of drinking water in Bolan district. On Dec 14, the top court formed a two-man commission headed by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Amanullah Kanrani to probe the water issues facing the area.…

12 including three Levies personnel, one FC soldier injured in two blasts in Balochistan

QUETTA: At least 12 people, including three Levies personnel and one soldier of the Frontier Corps, have been wounded in two separate blasts in Balochistan on Sunday, ARY News reported. A blast near Police Lines Jan Adda in Pishin district targeted a Levies official, Naib Tehsildar Abdul Maalik Tareen, leaving the naib tehsildar, his gunman Salahuddin and one other Levies member injured in the attack along seven citizens. Levies sources said an improvised explosive device planted in a motorcycle outside Tareen's office…