The government of Balochistan admitted that the helicopter that wasted flour bags meant for flood relief by dropping them from a great height belonged to the provincial government. Balochistan Chief Secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili said the chopper was forced to do so as he could not find a safe spot to land. READ ALSO: PAKISTAN FLOODS: DISEASES MAY KILL MORE
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday constituted a team to trace and arrest those running a negative social media campaign on the tragic incident of army helicopter crash in Balochistan. The decision comes after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said belittling and ridiculing the sacrifices of martyrs was horrifying. PM called it a ‘moment of reflection’.
The wreckage of the ill-fated Army Aviation helicopter, which went missing a day earlier, has been found. ISPR has confirmed that all six passengers onboard have embraced martyrdom in the crash. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the wreckage was found in the Musa Goth area of Windar in Lasbela district. The unfortunate accident occurred due to bad weather as per initial investigations.
The federal and Balochistan governments and two international firms — Antofagasta PLC and Barrick Gold Corporation — have reached an agreement in principle on a framework to reconstitute the Reko Diq project, and a pathway for Antofagasta to exit the project. Through the agreement, government has claimed to have saved the country from $11 billion penalty in Reko Diq case.
A 77-year-old elderly community health worker in Killi Shadezai in Balochistan’s Pishin District is doing her part in eradicating in Polio from Pakistan by vaccinating children in her small town. Hoora Bibi, known as Dadi, has been changing hearts and minds in an area notorious for suspicion and violence against polio workers. Dadi has convinced many other women to join the campaign as polio workers.
The Balochistan government has decided to impose a partial lockdown to fight the novel coronavirus across the province until May 19. The government allowed all shopping malls, markets, stores, outlets, warehouses, depots and auto workshops to remain open from 3pm to 5pm throughout the week. Tandoors, grocery stores, medical stores and blood banks can remain open for 24 hours, whereas restaurants are only allowed to resume delivery and takeaway services.
The Balochistan government has extended province-wide lockdown till May 5 due to a spike in cases of the novel coronavirus. The Balochistan Home Department has issued a notification in this regard. Shops and industries that have been allowed to resume operations have been directed to adhere to the SOPs issued by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.
The police have sealed 107 shops and arrested 78 people in Balochistan for violating the lockdown. A lockdown has been imposed in the province to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). A total of 281 known cases have been reported in the province. Forty new cases emerged on Thursday, according to Balochistan government spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani.
Reko Diq mines, known for their enormous reserves of gold and copper are believed to have the world’s fifth largest gold deposit in them. The news of the treasures this mine holds is not new, as gold diggers have been attempting to explore it since 1992. It was not until 2000, that the Tethyan Copper Company made its way into Pakistani market.
The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has announced a massive $5.976 billion (Rs944.21 billion) award against Pakistan in the Reko Diq case, which is one of biggest in ICSID history. ICSID awarded a $4.08 billion penalty and $1.87 billion in interest. However, Pakistan has decided to challenge the award “very soon” by filing a revision application.