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 is: . . . → 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 Rahim . . . → 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

FP Analysis: The others

On Tuesday, Aziza Mai and her two daughters living in Multan were victimized by two men who threw acid on them. There are thousands of women like Aziza Mai who live in constant fear and are often subjected to excruciating violence;  their scars a constant reminder of their tragedies. Across Pakistan, in Quetta, the Hazara . . . → Read More: FP Analysis: The others

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

Standing strong with our Hazara brothers

Quetta was still recovering from the heart wrenching January attacks when it suffered another tragedy last week. A Sunni militant organization, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, planned a horrific bomb blast which left at least 80 people dead and more than 200 people injured. Their targets were the Hazaras.

Sectarian violence against the Hazara community goes backs to the . . . → Read More: Standing strong with our Hazara brothers

Not just Sectarian

By Zoon Ahmed Khan

10 January, 2013: As Pakistan drenched itself in a bloodbath of Hazara suffering, this year started with a not too promising start for the well being of the weak. Blasts specifically targeting the Shia community in Quetta and Swat claimed a total of 130 people. Predominantly Hazara, the Shia . . . → Read More: Not just Sectarian