QUETTA: Balochistan Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti has said Indian spy agency RAW funds militant groups of Balochistan.
Talking to the newsmen in Quetta, Bugti said RAW has been involved in funding and providing weapons, ammunition and explosives to militant organizations in Balochistan, however, it has suspended terrorist activities after its agent arrested from Balochistan.
Meanwhile, Bugti claimed that the Frontier Corps seized a huge cache of weapons and explosives from Noshki area.
Ameliorating agriculture in Balochistan!
QUETTA: In an effort to enhance household incomes, improve food security and nutritional status of men, women, and youth associated with agriculture in Balochistan, two projects were inaugurated at a ceremony held here today.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with the government of Balochistan and with the financial support of Australian government’s Department of Foreign Aid and Trade (DFAT) will address the challenges faced by rural communities dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods in Balochistan through these projects, said a press release issued here.
Speaking at the ceremony, FAO representative in Pakistan, Minà Dowlatchahi said, “Women make huge contributions to the rural economy by engaging in on and off-farm activities and by looking after the household and family nutrition”. “Investing in women’s empowerment along with men helps eradicate poverty, improve food security and nutrition and helps achieve economic growth,” she said. She also thanked the government of Balochistan and the Australian government for their continuous support to the work of FAO in Pakistan.
According to details, building upon its first phase, Australia Balochistan Agri-Business Programme Phase II (AusABBA II) is a 6-year partnership between Government of Australia and FAO.
“175,000 male and female farmers in Chagai, Kech, Kharan, Nushki, Panjgur and Washuk districts of Southwest Balochistan benefitted from the Phase I,” said the FAO message issued here.
In Phase II, resource-poor, male and female crop and livestock farmers will be organized in informal Farmer Marketing Collectives (FMCs) and connected to markets for Balochistan-specific commodities such as onions, fruits, livestock, wool, meat, poultry, and dates.
Traders, exporters, processors, wholesalers and fresh buyers of modern and traditional retail and wholesale markets will also benefit from the linkages created consequently.
The second project is strongly linked with AusABBA II, helping empower women associated with agriculture in Balochistan by working with them and for them.
“445 women have already been trained in agri-business. Women enterprise development in the agriculture sector in Balochistan will be the main focus as a result of which, 10 women agri enterprises comprising of 200 women will be able to operate their own businesses and increase their income by 25 percent,” said the message issued here.
In addition, 400 women will receive literacy and numeracy training in Chaghai, Nushki and Quetta districts. The project will help in the local adoption of new improved approaches, knowledge, and capacities to make a sustainable and long-lasting impact on the lives of farmers and their families.
Advisor to Balochistan Chief Minister on Livestock and Dairy Development, Mitta Khan Kakar, Deputy High Commissioner of Australia to Pakistan Brek Batley and Minà Dowlatchahi, FAO Representative in Pakistan were the key guests at the ceremony. Marcel Stallen FAO Project Manager in Balochistan, Dave Preston First Secretary Development at the Australian High Commission and senior government officials were also present on the occasion.
Measures to address water scarcity in Balochistan
QUETTA: President Dr. Arif Alvi today stressed the need for adopting sustainable and durable measures to overcome water scarcity issue in Balochistan and cautioned that the water shortage was becoming a serious problem in the province.
He expressed these views while talking to Governor Balochistan Justice retired Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan, provincial cabinet members and members of the provincial assembly. Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar were also present on the occasion. The president observed that they had a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan and every individual had to contribute to the development of the country.
During President’s visit to Governor House, different issues including the launch of sewage treatment project, the establishment of universities and progress on the ongoing economic projects for the public welfare reviewed. The president informed that effective measures were being taken for promotion of higher education and providing better educational opportunities to the youth in Balochistan.
He observed that laying a railway line from Gwadar to Quetta would help increase trade and transportation in the region. The president further assured that the issue of cut in gas price for Balochistan province, during the winter season would be discussed at the relevant forum. He observed that Balochistan was gifted with the largest coastal line in the country and its coastline areas could yield Rs10 billion worth of fisheries for export.
Later, he visited Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri’s residence along with federal ministers and Speaker National Assembly to offer condolences over the death of his mother.
Gwadar to have a railway station soon!
QUETTA: Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Minister for Railways, while addressing a presser here today has informed that a railway station will soon be constructed in Gwadar.
The Minister told that provincial government has provided land to Pakistan Railways for the railway station. Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda were also present on the occasion.
Governor Sindh Imran Ismail said that Railways Minister was endeavouring to ameliorate the condition of Pakistan Railways.
Faisal Vawda, noting that Balochistan was ignored in the past, reassured that PTI government was working for the betterment of the people of the province.