Saturday, July 29, 2017

BNC strongly condemn the Pakistan’s Supreme Court for its hypocritical verdict to disqualify PM Nawaz Sharif.



Washington D.C -- Balochistan National Congress (BNC) strongly condemn the Pakistan’s supreme court for its hypocritical verdict against PM Nawaz Sharif to disqualify him. 

PM Nawaz sharif was declared disqualified to hold or run for the office of Premiership by the Pakistan Supreme Court for hiding his salary in his last application, years ago when he ran for the Office.

“It is very sad and pity that the Supreme Court didn’t charged him for the Panama scandal, mega corruptions and money laundering but used a silly, totally irrelevant and pity excuse to disqualify him”, said Dr. Baloch, the President of BNC. 

He said Baloch people have no sympathy for PM Nawaz sharif being gone but the question is why this Supreme court doesn’t act or move when Baloch citizens are made disappeared in thousands, their houses are being burned to ashes on daily bases by the Pashtun FC making them homeless in their own home towns and their bodies are being thrown from the flying helicopters with full impunity on daily basis? 

And where is this supreme court where Sindhi, Baloch and Muhajir political activists are being kidnapped, tortured and made disappeared in Karachi everyday by the Rangers who are acting as the “Judge, Jury and executioners”, without the due process of law, he asked.

And where was this supreme court when more than 200 Baloch judges and lawyers and more than 600 Baloch police officers were murdered on broad day light in Quetta, Balochistan? And where is this Supreme Court where a Baloch police officer on duty was recently ran over by an criminal MPA Mr. Kocahkzai, who has not been charged and disqualified yet, he questioned.

He said, by acting hypocritically on a such flimsy pretexts and excuses to oust PM Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Supreme Court once again have shown its ugly face and proved  to be a puppet organ of Pakistan’s military and that it is there only to serve their interests and not the interests of the country or its citizens.

He said, people are being fooled by this drama, but actually behind the doors, a military coup is in making through the court system to bring Gen Raheel Sharif, to head a caretaker civilian Government, who was recently fired by the Saudis to lead the Islamic Nato over his refusal to take action against Iran and the Houthi rebels in Yemen.

He said Pakistan is being run by the military, either directly or indirectly, through a so called civilian elected Government which is elected through a rigged and fraudulent bogus system of voting to fool the people of Pakistan and the world community, but in reality all the power rests in GHQ hands.

He said, there is no true democracy in Pakistan, there has never been one, nor there any institution exists in Pakistan that is free and independent to do their constitutional duties and mandate to serve the people of Pakistan and the country freely.

He said, Pakistan is at the brink of collapse and disintegration and is sliding towards anarchy, unrest, civl war and political instability. Unless bold and mega steps are taken to keep the military out from meddling into the state affairs, treating and accommodating all federating units and minorities equally and taking them all onboard, there is nothing you can do to stop the country from breaking apart.



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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Reko Diq gold mine project: Pakistan may face $11.5-billion penalty

By Zafar Bhutta

Published: July 12, 2017



Empty trailers for housing workers at the site of the gold and copper mine exploration project of Tethyan Copper Company (TCC) are seen in this undated photo in Reko Diq, in Balochistan, Pakistan. 



ISLAMABAD: An arbitration tribunal of the World Bank has ruled in favor of Tethyan Copper Company Pvt Ltd (TCC) in a case involving the Reko Diq gold mine project in Balochistan. As a result of the ruling, Pakistan may face a penalty of $11.5 billion for not awarding the project to TCC.

The World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) had earlier rejected Pakistan government’s application to dismiss TCC’s claims on grounds of corruption and malpractices by the latter.

Balochistan wants Chinese helping hand for its mining industry
Both the federal and provincial governments submitted applications before the ICSID and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague during 2015-16, seeking admittance of new evidence showing TCC’s corrupt practices in Reko Diq affairs for illegal and undue gains.

The move was futile, however, as the court ruled against the government for unlawful denial of the mining lease for Reko Diq to TCC- a joint venture between Chile’s Antofagasta and Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation.

The arbitration claim had been submitted in 2012 by the TCC. Five years later, in 2017, it filed for compensatory damages amounting to $9.1 billion based on fair market value of its investments in the project till November 15, 2011. In addition, it also filed a claim of $2.3 billion as pre-award compound interest.

The government has to submit its reply to TCC’s damages claims by July 21.

The previous government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had tried to settle the dispute with TCC but failed. It had also warned the Balochistan government that the federal government will not pay damages in case of an adverse ruling from international tribunals.

TCC held 75% shares in the project while Balochistan had a 25% stake. The company claims it has invested over $500 million in exploration, scoping and feasibility studies on the project. Total investment was projected to be $5 billion over a period of five years.

TCC and Balochistan reached a deadlock in 2009 because of two issues. First, TCC wanted Balochistan to bear 25% financial obligation according to its share in the project. But the province refused to take any financial responsibility.

Second was the purported involvement of a Chinese company in the project. A letter written by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Chile Burhanul Islam to then Petroleum Minister Naveed Qamar in September 2009 had advised against involving Metallurgical Corporation of China in the same mining site.

Not a dime spent on environmental protection

In a feasibility report submitted to the Balochistan government, TCC projected a turnover of over $60 billion for the gold and copper project over a span of 56 years. This projection was based on a price of $2.2 per pound of copper and $925 per ounce of gold, in the year 2009.

The mine has estimated reserves of 11.65 million tons of copper and 21.18 million ounces of gold.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2017.

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‘Lack of data on minerals in Pakistan a challenge to sector’s growth’


The Newspaper's Staff Reporter Updated July 05, 2017




ISLAMABAD: Although minerals, including gemstones, have great potential to contribute to Pakistan’s economy, the lack of real data on minerals in the country is one of the fundamental challenges to the sector’s growth, Prof Saleem H. Ali from the University of Delaware said on Tuesday.

Mr Ali, the professor of energy and environment at the University of Delaware in the United States, cautioned that only a careful and practical approach, along with an elaborated strategy, was the key to tapping into the sector.

Mr Ali was delivering a lecture on ‘How Can Minerals Contribute to Pakistan’s Development Path?’ at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute.

Projects under CPEC could support mineral developments in some sectors, US professor says

Referring to the case of Reko Diq gold and copper reserves in Balochistan, he said these mines still offer tremendous opportunities but the right planning and the proper use of technology and expertise is important to benefit from this national wealth.


“The dilemma with any mineral rich country was that such resources offer positive as well as negative impacts,” he said, adding that the rational use of such resources needs a highly thoughtful approach to harness this potential.

Mr Ali highlighted that a detailed formulation of rules and procedure was needed to define the incentives, programmes and capacities related to mineral development projects, or operational consequences could arise after the start of exploration activity.

“To reach at a workable policy and get benefits from minerals in Pakistan several legal requirements are needed, which includes upfront tax incentives, pace of extraction following price or planning for scarcity etc.” He added: “Likewise, the integrity of the environment over the long term and economic viability of the operations must remain core areas of concern.”

He also spoke about the benefits of projects under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, saying it would support mineral developments in some sectors, such as the cement industry, while the importance of energy minerals such as coal would also increase.

He said there is also “huge potential for Pakistan to be tapped in the gemstone industry”, adding that Pakistani gemstones are high grade items in commercial foreign jewellery markets.

SDPI’s Dr Imran Khalid earlier explained the importance of the contribution of minerals to the national economy. He said although opinions about the potential and capacity of this sector in Pakistan are diverse, the importance of the sector to the economy could not be ignored.

Published in Dawn, July 5th, 2017

https://www.dawn.com/news/1343312/lack-of-data-on-minerals-in-pakistan-a-challenge-to-sectors-growth




Wednesday, April 26, 2017

China helped Pakistan avert currency crisis with $1.2bn loans: FT

ISLAMABAD: China helped Pakistan stave off a currency crisis with $1.2bn loans, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

State-backed Chinese banks have twice come to the rescue of the nuclear-armed state with $900m in 2016 and $300m in the first three months of this year, the newspaper quoted officials as saying.

The loans demonstrate the perilous fragility of Pakistan’s stocks of foreign currency, depleted in recent months by rising imports and falls in exports and remittances from Pakistanis abroad, it said.

Commenting on the geopolitical importance of the loan, the report said China’s financial help also underlines an increasingly close relationship at a time of strains between Pakistan and the US.

Beijing is preparing to invest at least $52bn in Pakistan to build a highway, energy pipelines, power-generation facilities and industrial parks from the western port of Gwadar on the Gulf to the Chinese border to the north.

‘But despite its expected benefits, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project is set to further deplete the foreign currency stocks, needed to pay contractors and suppliers.’

Figures from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) show the country had $17.1bn of net reserves at the end of February, down from $18.9bn at the end of October and a peak of $25bn several years ago.

This has forced the country to seek emergency loans from outside sources to repay older loans made in foreign currencies.

The report added: “Of the $1.2bn from the Chinese institutions, $600m came from the government-run China Development Bank and $600m from the state-owned Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the only mainland bank with a branch in Pakistan. Policy banks such as CDB often act on behalf of the central bank”.

One Pakistani official told the FT: “China keeps a very close eye on our economic trends and they’re happy to come to our help wherever needed.”

But experts warn that Pakistan is likely to have to return to institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, to which it sought recourse in 2013, for further support.

Vaqar Ahmed, deputy executive director of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad, said: “Technically speaking we should have gone back to the IMF in January, but ministers are likely to try and wait until after the election [for parliament planned for 2018].”

One member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz told the Financial Times ministers were loath to turn to the IMF until after the election in an effort to limit the political fallout.

“The IMF is a politically volatile issue in our country. If we go to the IMF to deal with our needs, that will send a very negative political signal and the opposition [parties] will use that against the government,” the person said.

It was only last year that Pakistan cleared the IMF debt incurred in 2013, a repayment that led policymakers in Islamabad and abroad to express optimism about prospects for economic stability.



Monday, April 10, 2017

There should be no demographic change in Balochistan - BNC



WASHINGTON, D.C — Balochistan National Congress (BNC), in a statement in response to Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal’s speech that there will be no demographic change in Balochistan, said, that in order to prevent such demographic changes, Islamabad must address the genuine Baloch demands and reservations of Baloch citizens regarding the CPEC, Rekodiq, Sandak project, Sui gas royalties and Census and take them into confidence and on board.

“If rulers in Islamabad are truly, honestly and sincerely interested in preventing such demographic changes in Balochistan and solving Balochistan's bleeding conflict within the federation of Pakistan, then all Afghan refugees living in Balochistan should be returned back to their country Afghanistan, their fake birth certificates, local certificates, Pak ID Cards and Pakistani Passports be cancelled and their names removed from the Balochistan's voter registration and Census  lists in Balochistan,” said Dr. Baloch, the President of BNC.

He said, constitutional guarantee are a must to safeguard and protect the social, economic and legal rights of Baloch people in Balochistan. Without such constitutional guarantee and affirmative actions, there is no way of ensuring the fair play and justice. 

He said, the anti-Baloch Pashtun FC, which is main cause of the problem rather than being the solution, should be removed from all Balochistan's cities and towns and replaced by the jobless frustrated Baloch youths and the Pashtun FC should be deployed in Pak-Afghan border to check and control the infiltration of terrorists and drug smugglers across the border.

All Pashtun areas of Balochistan should be joined to KPK province and the Baloch areas of Punjab, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajan Pur, should be re-joined back to Balochistan.

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No demographic change in Balochistan: Pakistan's minister





BY MIAN ABRAR


Ahsan says govt to protect social, economic and legal rights of people.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday rejected the notion being projected by vicious elements suggesting a demographic change in Gwadar and other areas due to the influx of people in the coastal areas, saying the government will protect the social, economic and legal rights of the people of Balochistan province.

“The people of Balochistan have the right on their resources and the government will protect all rights of the people of the province. The notion being projected by vicious elements suggesting a demographic change in Gwadar and other coastal areas is a part of blatant lies,” he said while talking to the workers and youth activists of the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) from Balochistan.

The minister hoped that Gwadar would soon be enlisted as a centre of modern education with completion of an international standard university in this port city. “The days are not far away when students from across Pakistan as well as other part of the world will get education and professional trainings in Pakistan especially in Balochistan,” he added.

Bringing industrial revolution and turning Pakistan into trade hub were the goals of the government which were set to be achieved under this multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “Projects in energy, infrastructure and port development will provide a base to industrialisation of the country,” he said, adding that “Made in Pakistan” would be considered as a sign of high quality and standard soon.

He stated that 85 million jobs were up for grabs in China due to relocation of the Chinese industry that has lost their competitive advantage because of rise in cost of operation. “The CPEC presents an opportunity to Pakistan to grab major share of the available jobs which can help employ the unemployed surplus labour. People particularly the educated youth should not care about the propaganda but try to grab this opportunity as much as possible,” he added.

He told the delegation that work on Gwadar Master Plan was in progress to make this city a world modern port city. “Like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai, Gwadar will soon be a centre of world investors and business associations,” he said. The construction of the Gwadar Airport would be starting this year which would prove another milestone in the development of this remote region, he said.

The minister said that further Gwadar to Quetta and Gwadar to Rathodhero roads construction have ensured better connectivity and opened a new era of development in Balochistan. He said that the world narrative about Pakistan has completely changed with converting CPEC dream into a reality and transformation of Gwadar as a new centre of development in the region.

In 2013, enemies were terming Pakistan as the ‘most dangerous country’ and now they were hatching conspiracies to create hurdles and halt CPEC’s success but they will have to see a failure, he remarked. The whole nation has decided to protect the CPEC and the connectivity being provided through road infrastructure and development projects has ensured mainstreaming of Balochistan, leading to eradicate sense of deprivation of the people for the first time in the history, he said.

Ahsan stated that there was complete consensus among the federating units where the federal and the provincial governments were working jointly to ensure speedy implantation of CPEC projects which has brought a historic opportunity for the private enterprises of Pakistan. “It is their duty to take maximum advantage of the industrial cooperation being planned under CPEC. The establishment of economic zones would bring maximum employment for local youth,” he said.

“Enemies of CPEC are the enemies of Pakistan who cannot digest the remarkable success we achieved by converting CPEC agreement from a piece of paper into a billion dollars investment projects. The 50 billion dollars project has emerged as a leading project of regional cooperation, which is paving way for peace, prosperity and development of Pakistan and the Asia region,” he concluded.


https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/04/09/no-demographic-change-in-balochistan-minister/

Winning Balochistan through use of force ??



WASHINGTON, D.C — Balochistan National Congress (BNC) welcome the statement of Ex-President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Zardari in which he called upon the rulers in Islamabad to win the Baloch citizens hearts and minds through dialogue and negotiation instead of use of force and alienation.
                                                                     
"Balochistan can not and will not be won by the use of force, alienation or marginalization of Baloch citizens and exploiting their resources at gun point to build Punjab and Islamabad but can only be won by addressing, accepting and honoring their genuine demands and reservations regarding their land, coasts and resources and amicably and fairly accommodating them in the Pakistan’s armed forces and Foreign services and treating them equally and fairly well without any discrimination," said Dr. Baloch, the President of BNC. 

He said, Punjab’s exploitation of Balochistan’s resources has the end and the Islamabad’s decades old ongoing wrong and outdated policy of Baloch alienation and marginalization must be replaced with trust and confidence building measures to pave the way for a dialogue,  negotiation and permanent peaceful solution of Balochistan’s bleeding conflict within the federation.      

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Winning Balochistan??




BY HASSAN NAQVI


Zardari delivered an aggressive speech on 27 March 2017, in which he stated that in the fifth year of this PML-N government he would do politics of agitation

Former President of Pakistan and co-Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari recently advised the party leadership to win back electables from across the country ahead of the next elections and advised his son and chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to work on the organisation of the party and back disgruntled jiyalas.

Currently, both Zardari and Bilawal are travelling to different parts of the country to kick start the election campaign. The recent visits of Bilawal and Zardari first to Lahore and on 7 Mayto Jaffarabad clearly indicates that PPP has finally launched an aggressive campaign and even started mobilising workers by completing the selection of office bearers from across the country.

Zardari delivered an aggressive speech on 27 March 2017, in which he stated that in the fifth year of this PML-N government he would do politics of agitation.

In his recent visit to Jaffarabad on Friday, Asif Ali Zardari criticised separatist elements in the province, saying the people of the province should engage with their “misguided” counterparts and help them see how they are hurting their own interests.

“Balochistan is the largest province of Pakistan. Why do you let yourself get exploited like this?” he asked while addressing a rally in Jaffarabad.

“The entire world is accessible on a chip. It is all on the internet. Just click a button and see what conditions Muslims are living in in India”.

Do we want to live like that? Do we want to be punished by death for consuming beef? Do we want to also quit eating eggs? Zardari asked.

Zardari said the PPP wants to serve Balochistan, that the province is rich in minerals and resources, including granite, metals and methane gas.

“You have one of the most fertile lands in Pakistan. The only thing needed [to reap its benefits] is the right use of water,” he added.

“My government will help you use modern techniques to capitalise on the water resources you have,” the former president said, adding he wants to introduce the drip irrigation system in the province.

He claimed that with the drip irrigation system, the amount of water supplied to rice field, spread on an acre of land, would consume 300 gallons instead of 10,000 gallons.

“But my friends ask me: where will I get this water from? I tell them, I will get the water from Central Asia,” Zardari said, adding that Pakistan has other ways of accessing water if India does act on cutting the country’s water supply.

It seems Mr Zardari might be able to form next provincial government in Balochistan as he himself offered this proposal to like-minded progressive Sardars and Nawabs. My advice for Zardari would be to use PPP’s veteran Senator Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hasni strategically to woo disgruntled independent and PML-N leaders in the province as he can play a decisive role in convincing those Sardars to join PPP or form coalition government in Balochistan.

Secondly, the way PPP lead government restored the belief of the people of Balochistan in democracy after coming to power in 2008 by announcing its Balochistan package, can also work to its advantage. The name given to the package was Aghaz-e-Huqooq-e-Balochistan (AHB) package; which was aimed at bringing down the sense of alienation, grief and deprivation and to provide privilege to the people of Balochistan with political, cultural and economic rights. The package had 61 policy actions and it was implemented rapidly. In that every individual especially the youth would have benefited, it would have lifted the living standards and this encouragement would have helped the people to grow out of the shells of ignorance and despondence.

The way the PPP lead government increased Balochistan’s share in national resources is true proof of functionality of the then reconciliation policy. This would have eradicated the sense of deprivation and grief and sustained the integrity and solidarity of the country if continued by the present government of Pakistan.

By giving love, importance and due share to the people of Balochistan like in the past, PPP can form the next government there without a shred of doubt because apparently the present government of Balochistan is more loyal to Takht-e-Rawind than the masses of the province.

https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/04/09/winning-balochistan/

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BNC strongly condemn the fraudulent inclusion of Afghan Refugees into Balochstan Census.



WASHINGTON, D.C — Balochistan National Congress (BNC) strongly condemn the fraudulent inclusion of Afghan Refugees into Balochstan Census bank and ask the rulers in Islamabad to address the Genuine concerns and reservations of Baloch citizens regarding the Census, CPEC, Rekodiq, Sandak project, Sui gas royalties, Gwadar port  and other related issues and take them on board.

BNC demands that all Afghan refugees living in Balochistan should be returned immediately without any further delay honorably back to their country Afghanistan, their fake birth certificates, local certificates, Pak ID Cards and Pakistani Passports be cancelled and their names removed from the Balochistan's voter registration list and Census in Balochistan and all Baloch missing persons and Baloch IDPs, who have been internally displaced due to the ongoing war and conflict between the state and Baloch people in Balochistan, should be allowed to come back and should be counted in the census in order for the census to be accurate and acceptable to Baloch people.

The anti-Baloch Pashtun FC should be removed from all Balochistan's cities and towns and replaced by jobless frustrated Baloch youths and Pashtun FC should be deployed in Pak-Afghan border to check and control the infiltration of terrorists and drug smugglers across the border.

All Pashtun areas of Balochistan should be joined to KPK province and the Baloch areas of Punjab, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajan Pur, should be joined back to Balochistan.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Islamabad must address the genuine concerns and reservations of Baloch citizens regarding the CPEC and Census - BNC


WASHINGTON, D.C — Balochistan National Congress (BNC) ask the rulers in Islamabad to address the Genuine concerns and reservations of Baloch citizens regarding the Census before conducting the Census in Balochistan and take them on board.

BNC demands that all Afghan refugees living in Balochistan should be returned immediately without any further delay honorably back to their country Afghanistan, their fake birth certificates, local certificates, Pak ID Cards and Pakistani Passports be cancelled and their names removed from the Balochistan's voter registration list and Census in Balochistan and all Baloch missing persons and Baloch IDPs, who have been internally displaced due to the ongoing war and conflict between the state and Baloch people in Balochistan, should be allowed to come back and should be counted in the census in order for the census to be accurate and acceptable to Baloch people.

The anti-Baloch Pashtun FC should be removed from all Balochistan's cities and towns and replaced by jobless frustrated Baloch youths and Pashtun FC should be deployed in Pak-Afghan border to check and control the infiltration of terrorists and drug smugglers across the border.

All Pashtun areas of Balochistan should be joined to KPK province and the Baloch areas of Punjab, Dera Ghazi Khan and Rajan Pur, should be joined back to Balochistan.

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To learn more about Balochistan National Congress (BNC) please click on the following link:

http://balochistannationalcongress.blogspot.com/p/links.html

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Baloch people have rejected census: Mengal

DERA MURAD JAMALI: President Balochistan National Party (BNP) and former provincial chief minister Sardar Akthar Mengal on Sunday said the people of Balochistan had rejected the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project and the population census.

Addressing a big public meeting, he said if the census was conducted by force, the people of Balochistan would stand like rock against it.  He said Blaoch people will never accept census in the presence of lakhs of Afghan refugees.

“We never opposed development, but we do not want such development as to convert the people of Balochistan into a minority,” he said. Wali Kakar, Abdur Rauf Mengal, Jamila Baloch, Professor Dr Shahnaz Baloch and others also spoke on the occasion.

Mengal said 2.5 million children were deprived of education in Balochistan. He said Baloch people got nothing but operations, mutilated bodies, poverty, hunger and backwardness. “We are democratic people. We are struggling for democracy and want to secure our rights within the orbit of democracy. People disappeared in the province and their mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters are visiting the doors of ministers. They say if their loved ones are alive they should be shown to them or their graves be show to them.”

“It is said that nawabs and sardar are opposed to development. Such people would be unfortunate if they hindered the development of their tribes and nation and gave resources to others. Which Nawab and Sardar has stopped the government from developing Balochistan? Give education and health facilities to the people Kirthar.”

He said the people of Nasirabad and Lasbella were deprived of electricity generated by Uch power plant and Hubco while factories and industries were being run on our electricity and gas.

“We invite investors to come and establish factories in Balochistan. We will provide land but they would be owner of 39 percent and 61 percent ownership would go to the people of Balochistan. We have been befooled in 70 years in name of development. Now CPEC is being built which is confined to Punjab only and not in Balochistan.

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/190499-Baloch-people-have-rejected-census-Mengal