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Monday, November 18, 2019 | Today's Paper

No gas pressure in cold Balochistan

By Editorial

November 14, 2019 – 7:00 am

Pakistan’s blind eye to Balochistan has given birth to some grave grievances that not only created a sense of exclusion for the people there but also the province has lagged behind others overall. The opposition members in Balochistan Assembly proceedings slammed Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) over low gas pressure as winter hit the province since November demanding the house to call GM SSGC for an explanation.

Internet freedom in Pakistan

By Editorial

November 13, 2019 – 7:00 am

In the world where ‘Freedom’ is the most sought out service, how free is our media and to what extent one can go where he starts to irk the higher hierarchy. The writer, with his own experiences, tells the tale where freedom itself doesn’t seem much free.

Illicit crop cultivation in Balochistan

By Editorial

November 9, 2019 – 6:00 am

Balochistan, which share borders with Iran and Afghanistan, has quietly functioned as one of the main arteries through which Afghanistan’s massive opium crop reaches the outer world. Six of the nine major drug trafficking routes from Afghanistan transit through Balochistan en route to Iran, Europe, Asia, Africa and North Aemerica. Chief Secretary Balochistan Captain (R) Fazeel Asghar has directed all Deputy Commissioners to take effective measures to eradicate hemp and poppy cultivation in the province. He added that, in some districts, hemp cultivation has begun, they should be demolished after being identified working along with anti-narcotics within 15 days. The Chief Secretary said that the drug maker factories in the province should be searched and demolished immediately and all the Deputy Commissioners in their respective districts should identify the areas on which hemp and poppy are cultivated on the acreage and collect their information and share them with Chief Secretary’s Office and Anti-Narcotics. He directed to lodge an FIR against the one involved in this illegal business with severe legal action. Poppy was cultivated by a very powerful man.  The levy personnel informed the highest authority who led the force to destroy the poppy fields for the first time in history. The area under poppy cultivation can only be found by the Levies as all other intelligence agencies could not imagined finding the field in the remote area hardly visited by a Deputy Commissioner or senior police officer.

Development in livestock sector

By Editorial

November 7, 2019 – 6:00 am

The Sprawling landmass of Balochistan and various pastures are suitable for development of livestock sector in the province thus Balochistan could export organic meat worldwide. 

Definition of ‘terrorism’

By Editorial

November 6, 2019 – 6:00 am

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has defined terrorism and directed the parliament to review the law to make in clearer and more precise. New definition also clarifies that the ‘design’ of the act, not its ‘effect’ shall determine whether it’s terrorism or not. The judgment said “Terrorism as an ‘ism’ is a totally different concept which denotes commission of a crime with the design or purpose of destabilizing the government, disturbing the society or hurting a section of the society with a view to achieving objectives which are essentially political, ideological or religious. “The international perception is also becoming clearer on the point that a violent activity against civilians that has no political, ideological or religious aims is just an act of criminal delinquency, a felony, or simply an act of insanity unrelated to terrorism.