Anti-polio drive launched in Balochistan

QUETTA – Anti-Polio drive was launched across 32 districts of Balochistan on Monday.

According to Health Department’s officials, some 2.2 million children, including 400,000 in Quetta, will be given polio drops during the campaign, for which 896 teams have been formed.

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13 dead bodies of previously abducted bus passengers found

Dozens of gunmen disguised in police uniforms shot to death 13 people they pulled off of a convoy of buses in southwest Pakistan and dumped their bodies in a nearby ravine, officials said Tuesday.

The motive for the attack Monday night was unclear since no one has claimed responsibility. But suspicion may fall on separatists . . . → Read More: 13 dead bodies of previously abducted bus passengers found

Balochistan updates June 2013

This is a brief Talk of the Town Report compiled for those interested in Balochistan. Significant developments are listed hereunder.

Post Election Developments- Formation of New Government, 1- June. The newly elected MPAs were sworn in on Ist June. 20 MPAs, in a House of 65, had never before been its members. The party position . . . → Read More: Balochistan updates June 2013

Investors invited for uplift of minerals industry in Balochistan

By: Farah Jamil

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr. Abdul Malik Baloch has said that his government would call donors and investors conference to attract investment in minerals sector of the province.

He was speaking in Post-Budget Briefing at Chief Minister House, here on Friday. Provincial Minister and Parliamentary Leader of Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party, Abdul . . . → Read More: Investors invited for uplift of minerals industry in Balochistan

Dr Afridi blamed for sabotaging polio-drive

Declaring the killing of polio workers ‘un-Islamic’ and ‘inhumane’, speakers at the Ulema conference on Thursday also held Dr Shakeel Afridi responsible for the murder of polio workers and for depriving 260,000 children of polio drops.

They were speaking at the concluding session of a two-day international conference at the International Islamic University (IIU). The . . . → Read More: Dr Afridi blamed for sabotaging polio-drive

Baloch belt is where the illusion of electioneering shatters

By Imtiaz Alam

Quetta gives an illusion of electioneering that is shattered as you cross over to the troubled Baloch belt. Privileged are the Pakhtun groups of the JUI-F, who are running a brisk campaign. But Pakhtun nationalist leader Mehmood Khan Achakzai has been asked to stay out of harm’s way. Even the JUI-F had . . . → Read More: Baloch belt is where the illusion of electioneering shatters

34 dead in 7.9 earthquake

A major earthquake struck a region near the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, killing 34 people in different parts of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, officials said.

The worst-hit areas from the 7.8 magnitude quake were reported to be close to the Pakistan-Iran border.

Officials confirmed to Dawn.com that up to 34 people had died due to . . . → Read More: 34 dead in 7.9 earthquake

Bicycle blast injures 8 in Quetta

Eight persons including a security man were wounded when a blast occurred at Sariab Road in Quetta Friday, Geo News reported.

According to initial reports, the explosives were fixed in a bicycle that exploded near a security forces’ vehicle, injuring eight persons including a troop.

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Book fairs set up in 11 cities

By Aroosa Shaukat

LAHORE: Aiming to entice more young readers by portraying books not just as sources of learning but also of fun and entertainment, organisers launched the month-long Oxford Book Fair 2012 in 11 cities and 14 locations across the country on Monday.

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When Quetta was safe

All of us have some special kind of emotional attachment to things that we cherished during childhood and teenage. The home where we have the earliest memories, our childhood best friends, that special watch that one of your elders gave you after getting good results in school, that special spicy chaats which your mother used . . . → Read More: When Quetta was safe