ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said that the federal government with the cooperation of Pakistan Army would construct a cancer hospital in Balochistan.
Talking to students of various educational institutions of Balochistan, who called on him here at the Prime Minister Office, he said, the provincial government would provide land to the federal government for the hospital and in this regard, a team of the federal government would visit the province very soon.
The Prime Minister said he had talked to Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the cancer hospital would be built with the cooperation of the army.
To various queries of the students, the Prime Minister said Balochistan was a spread out area and it was very difficult to handle it from a centralized system, adding that an effective local government system would be introduced in the province as it was the best option for resolution of various problems at the grass-root level.
The federal government, he said was going to start one of the biggest job provision programmes in the history of Pakistan by constructing five million houses in the entire country.
He said water was one of the biggest problems of Quetta and added that the federal government was also working on various water projects in the province.
He said the federal government would upgrade Mangi dam to meet water supply requirement of Quetta city and adjoining areas.
The Prime Minister said the dam would not only provide clean drinking water but also raise the water table in the area.
During the tenure of PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Prime Minister said, 70 sports grounds were constructed there.
He said the federal government was planning to locate places for sports grounds because it was right of the youth. The Prime Minister said Balochistan was rich of mineral resources and only four minerals in the province were considered to be worth of $460 billion.
Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the students to fully concentrate on studies, broaden their thinking and avoid selfishness.
He said why the Pakistani nation loved their Quaid because the founder of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah never struggled for his self but his entire efforts were for Muslims of the Sub-Continent. He said Quaid-i-Azam was a great human being.
SC set up a commission on water pollution in Balochistan
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday set up a two-member commission on water pollution in Balochistan, which will provide an initial report in 2 weeks.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar also directed authorities to install the water purification plant within a month in Bhagnari Bolan. The Chief Justice remarked that the Balochistan government should saw the video of a runway on which donkeys and people are watering from the same place. He said people are drinking poison instead of water, the matter is serious, if I have to call the chief minister Balochistan or whole cabinet then I will, he added.
The video of a dirty water pool in Bolan Bhagariwas played in Supreme Court’s Room Court No. 1. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar asked the Additional Advocate General Balochistan that the government should see Balochistan that what kind of water available to people, who are your masters? Why did not the Chief Secretary come? Chief Minister Balochistan if visited there then could see the actual condition of the province.
Meanwhile, member National Assembly Shah Zain Bhugti thanked the Chief Justice for taking notice of the matter.
Chief Justice addressing Deputy Commissioner, Bolan said that you are watering poisonous water to people. You put 1200 million rupees in non-developmental activities, at least you people should have installed one water purification plants in the area, Justice Nisar added. He said that drinking water is not just the problem of people living there but whole Balochistan, will not let anyone escape, I will call CM Balochistan, if I had to call all the cabinets, I would call.
Subsequently, the court constituted a commission comprising, Amanullah Kanrani, President of Supreme Court Bar Association and Engineer Osman Babai and ordered them to make suggestions to resolve the water problem in Balochistan, moreover Irrigation and other departments will provide full support to the commission, the court ruled.
Balochistan Customs seizes 496 non-custom paid vehicles
ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Custom’s department has seized 496 non-custom paid vehicles worth Rs. 790.61millions in a crack down launched at Quetta city from July 2018 to date.
Deputy Collector Balochistan Custom Maqbool Ahmad told APP that the vehicles were seized through snap checking at various parts of the city, check posts and surroundings by mobile squads of Customs Collectorate. He said that the vehicles have been confined in Customs Office, saying that the owner could collect their vehicles within seven days after showing their original registration.
He said the operation would continue for unlimited time in order to get rid of the non custom paid vehicles as such vehicles were contributing to budget deficit. Raids were being led by DC Customs Preventive Maqbool Ahmad in collaboration with different security institutions including Frontier Corps and Traffic Police, he told. Maqbool said that during the operation, Non-duty paid vehicles were spotted, chased and eventually confiscated in different areas of the city. He said that due to non registered vehicles, the government was losing revenues of billions of rupees per annum.
He said the Customs had issued notices to showrooms in Quetta where non customs vehicles were parked and started an operation against the defaulting showrooms. In light of the directives Federal Tax Ombudsman and the court, he told operations against showrooms dealing in Non-duty Paid vehicles shall continue in future as well. He said that the customs department formed special anti smuggling teams to confiscate smuggled vehicles. Replying to a question, he said more than a dozen stolen vehicles were also recovered in the crackdown.
Balochistan: 3 miners killed due to poisonous gas!
DUKI (Loralai, Balochistan): At least three persons were killed here today due to suffocation developed after poisonous gas in Duki coalmine.
According to the Police, the ill-fated miners were working in coal-mine when they fell unconscious due to excessive poisonous gas.
The Rescue teams and locals rushed to the site. They shifted the bodies to nearby hospital for the necessary procedure. Dead miners hailed from Zob.