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Default Zin block

ISLAMABAD - State owned Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has made gas discovery at Zin block in Balochistan and estimates of the reserve size, quality and daily supply are being finalised.
An official source said gas pressure was assessed at 1000 pound square inch (psi) which indicates a big reservoir. However, he shared no information on the size of the reservoir, its quality and potential daily gas supplies, and said “the technical team is the process of evaluating all of these things”.
National flag carrier, OGDCL started exploratory drilling in the block located in Dera Bugti district and first well X-1 was spud in May this year. The company had obtained exploration license for Zin block in 1996. But due to law and order issues, it could not be drilled for last 14 years.
In industry circles, Zin block is considered a very prospective block as it is surrounded by major natural gas producing fields of Pirkoh, Loti, Sui and Uch. Work on the site was started in 2010, when government provided required security to the company. If drilling proves successful the gas from the field will start flowing within next one year, the source said.
A major discovery in the block will make government enhance security for companies interested in oil and gas exploration in the hydrocarbon rich province to overcome severe energy crisis due to estimated 2 bcfd shortfall in gas supply.
The country’s first major discovery of Sui gas field located in Dera Bugti was made in 1952. Its neighbouring district of Kohlu is attributed by experts as the most prospective area for finding major conventional hydrocarbon reserves. OGDCL has applied for security clearance for four licenses in the district including Kohlu, Jandran, Jandran West and Kalchas.
OGDCL is the largest upstream company in the country having a portfolio of 77 fields, out of which 45 fields are 100 per cent owned and operated, and 32 are non-operated fields. As of December 2010, it holds 48 per cent of the country’s recoverable oil reserves, and 37 per cent of the country’s recoverable gas reserves. In terms of production, currently OGDCL delivers 56 per cent of Pakistan’s oil output, and 22 per cent of its gas production.
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Default Hugo shavez has died

Venzuela's President has died aged 58, after 14 years in power.Hugo Shavez dies after cancer fight.
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Default War hero MM Alam passes away

A true hero, patriot and an upright officer of the Air Force, the legendary M.M Alam passes away.
May he rest in peace, we will forever remember your service to the country and nation Sir.

'He received a Pakistani military decoration for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, during which he downed five Indian aircraft in less than a minute, the first four within 30 seconds, establishing a world record.'

http://tribune.com.pk/story/522568/w...m-passes-away/
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Default Bomb blast in Peshawar - 28 May

PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed while eighteen others sustained injuries when a bomb exploded in Imamia Colony area of Peshawar's Gulbahar neighbourhood on Tuesday.

According to rescue sources, the bodies and the injured have been shifted to hospital. Security forces put a security cordon in the area while evidence was collected from the site of the incident.

Remote Controlled Bomb

According to the bomb disposal squad, approximately 4 kilograms of explosive material and ball bearings were used in the bomb, which was detonated using a remote control.

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Default Tehreek-e-Taliban withdraw dialogue offer to new government

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban confirmed on Thursday that their number two in command, Deputy Chief Waliur Rehman was killed in a US drone strike. The terrorist outfit also announced it is withdrawing its dialogue offer to the new government.
Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan told The Express Tribune that the TTP would take revenge over the killing of their deputy chief.
He said the Taliban consider the Pakistani government fully responsible for drone strikes in the region, because the government is passing information to the United States.
“I confirm the martyrdom of Waliur Rehman Mehsud in a drone strike on Wednesday. We are shocked at the martyrdom of our leader but are proud of his sacrifices,” Ehsanullah Ehsan said.
“We had sincerely offered peace dialogue to the government but we strongly believe that the government has a role to play in the drone strikes,” he added.
The TTP have reportedly chosen a new deputy commander to replace Rehman.
“There was absolute consensus over Khan Said,” one Pakistani Taliban member said.
Read: Pakistani Taliban pick new No 2 after drone strike: Sources
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While Waliur Rehman’s death is a major blow for the militants, it could be also viewed as a setback for incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to end violence.
He criticised drone strikes during the election campaign, describing them at one point as a “challenge” to Pakistan’s sovereignty. Sharif also offered to hold talks with the militants, something that now looked less likely, according to one senior security official.
“Wali-ur-Rehman was a serious and mature man, his death could hurt prospects for an expected peace initiative considered by the new government,” the official told Reuters.
However, many observers said any meaningful settlement with the Taliban was unlikely in any case given Sharif’s condition that the starting point for talks be respect for the country’s democratic order and institutions.
The White House did not confirm the killing, in line with its practice not to discuss drone strikes.
But its spokesman Jay Carney said Wali-ur-Rehman “has participated in cross-border attacks in Afghanistan against US and NATO personnel and horrific attacks against Pakistani civilians and soldiers”.

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Default Musharraf charged with Benazir's murder

RAWALPINDI: Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was indicted on three counts Tuesday in Rawalpindi's anti-terrorism court (ATC) over the 2007 murder of ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf was also produced in the ATC amidst tight security during today’s hearing of the case headed by ATC judge Habibur Rehman.

A challan was read out against the former president and six others nominated in Benazir’s murder during the hearing.

“He was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder,” public prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told AFP at the ATC in Rawalpindi hearing the case.

The six accused persons include former City Police Officer (CPO) of Rawalpindi Saud Aziz, the then SP Khurram Shahzad, Hasnain Gul, Rafaqat Hussain, Sher Zaman and Abdul Rasheed respectively.

Musharraf and the accused men denied the charges.

The court ordered the authorities to produce all the defendants in a hearing fixed for August 27 as it subsequently adjourned the matter to the said date for evidence to be brought.

Following the adjournment, the former president returned to his Chak Shahzad residence, which had been declared sub-jail.

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 while Musharraf was president. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city.

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Default Chinese State Firm Takes Control of Gwadar Port

...And the history begins !

Chinese State Firm Takes Control of Gwadar Port


A Chinese state-owned firm officially signed a multi-decade lease for control of the Gwadar Port free-trade zone.

On Wednesday, Chinese Overseas Ports Holding Company Ltd (COPHCL), a Chinese state-owned enterprise, officially took control of the strategically important port at Gwadar in Pakistan. The Chinese firm officially signed a 40-year lease for over 2,000 acres of land in Gwadar, marking a milestone in the implementation phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a major bilateral initiative to build transportation and other infrastructure along the length of Pakistan, connecting the country’s Arabian Sea coast with the Himalayan border with China. CPEC was unveiled during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s April 2015 state visit to Pakistan, where Gwadar was high on the agenda.

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal handed over the lease to Wang Xiaodao, the vice chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission. Gwadar is a designated free-trade zone by the Pakistani government. The designation will last for 23 years. Additionally, because of Gwadar’s location in the restive southern Pakistani province of Balochistan, the Pakistani government has created a protection force for Chinese workers who will be working on CPEC projects, including at Gwadar.

The security situation in Balochistan is a concern for China, which wants to avoid CPEC projects and Chinese contractors potentially facing attacks. On Sunday, just days before the port hand-over, Pakistan’s chief of naval staff, Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah, said that the Pakistani Navy would also protect Gwadar “against all asymmetric threats under the prevalent precarious internal and external security environment.”

Hong Lei, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that COPHCL’s takeover of the Gwadar facility ”is a business practice within China-Pakistan economic cooperation and trade and part of mutually beneficial and friendly cooperation between the two countries.” Pakistan and China are allies and describe their bilateral relationship as an “all-weather” partnership. Hong added that “Companies from China and Pakistan will continue to build and develop the port following the principle of conducting consultations on an equal footing and pursuing win-win results.”

Wednesday’s deal was widely reported in India where perceptions persist that Gwadar could be converted into a dual-use port facility by China, potentially abetting the Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy’s power projection in the western Indian Ocean. For China, Gwadar, as the littoral node of CPEC, is important for energy security reasons as well. China is the world’s largest importer of crude oil and is highly reliant on these imports traversing the crowded Malacca Strait and South China Sea on their way to Chinese Pacific-facing ports.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, 82 percent of all Chinese crude oil imports and 30 percent of natural gas imports rely on this route. Gwadar, along with the Burmese port of Kyaukpyu, give China Indian Ocean-facing littoral facilities that can hedge Beijing’s current reliance on open sea lanes in the South China Sea. Gwadar is particularly appealing for China due to its proximity to the Hormuz Strait, which is a chokepoint for 20 percent of international crude oil and liquefied fuels.

Source: Chinese State Firm Takes Control of Gwadar Port
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Default Pakistan approves Hindu Marriage Bill after decades of inaction

Pakistan approves Hindu Marriage Bill after decades of inaction


fter decades of delay and inaction, the Hindu minority community in Pakistan will soon have a marriage law as a parliamentary panel has unanimously approved the Hindu Marriage Bill.

The National Assembly standing committee on law and justice on Monday passed the final draft of Hindu Marriage Bill 2015, where five Hindu lawmakers were specially invited.

Though the delaying tactics continued almost to the last, the committee adopted the bill unanimously after making two amendments to fix the minimum age of the marrying male and female at 18 and making the law applicable to the whole country, Dawn news reported.

The bill will now be tabled in the National Assembly where it has fair chances of being passed as the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party is supporting it.

Committee chairman Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk expressed regret over the long-drawn tactical delay in framing family law for the Hindu community.

"It was unbecoming of us Muslims in general and the political leaders in particular. We were required to facilitate the legislation, not obstruct it. If we 99 per cent of the population are afraid of one per cent, we need to look deep inside what we claim to be and what we are," he said.

Virk and ruling PML-N lawmaker Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani had been pushing for approving the bill but members of other parliamentary parties persisted with raising objections.

Shagufta Jumani of Pakistan People's Party and Ali Mohammad Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf raised many queries about minimum age of a Hindu girl to be married and the status of marriage if any of the partners converted to Islam.

"Under the banner of Pakistan Hindu Council, I arrange mass marriage of around 100 girls every year and we clearly deny marriage of even an orphan who is under 18. People do not insist on marrying anyone below 18 years," Vankwani said.

He wanted to drop a clause in the bill that said the marriage will be nullified if any of the partners converted to Islam. It was inserted by the Council of Islamic Ideology when the bill was sent for 'Sharia vetting' some six months ago.

"Why a Hindu and a Muslim or Christian cannot live together as happily married couple?," Vankwani said.

His suggestion to drop the clause met stern resistance from Jumani and Khan after which Committee Chairman stopped the discussion to avoid "total collapse" of the meeting.

"If Hindu boys and girls elsewhere can marry into other religions why this cannot be a reality here?," Vankwani said, adding that open-mindedness is required in the society.
After the 18th Amendment, issues relating to religious minorities and their family matters became provincial subjects. Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have passed the requisite resolutions, but the Sindh and Punjab assemblies have not yet done so.

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