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    Something rotten in Gwadar..

    It will never happen ..but I am sure a list of the people who "Purchased" the allotments would be a veritable who's who of the present government (politico-military)


    While rumours have been flying thick and fast about how some prospectors have been targeting land in Gwadar, Pakistanís El Dorado, we now have a letter by a federal minister demanding that all allotments of state-owned land in Gwadar made over the past two years be cancelled. Ms Zubaida Jalal, federal minister for social welfare and special education, who belongs to Kam Kutch in Gwadar, has written to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz that during her recent visit to her constituency, a large number of people had complained about irregular sale and allotment of state land in the district. Ms Jalal has requested Mr Aziz to order the provincial government to cancel all allotments especially in the Zabad Dun, Karvat and Chatani Bal areas. Following the letter, Mr Aziz is reported to have ordered an investigation and directed the Balochistan chief minister, Jam Yousaf, to apprise him officially of what is going on.

    This is a good step and we are happy that the federal government has decided to monitor the situation in Gwadar. The project is already very controversial, particularly among Baloch nationalists who have accused Islamabad of developing the area against the interests of the province. Reports also suggest that some people from outside Balochistan have tried to take advantage of their contacts in the right places and have commandeered huge chunks of land for sale at highly profitable prices. Many parties are planning mega housing schemes to rake in a lot of dough. Some of this activity is legitimate and can be justified on the basis of the market but two factors are crucial to this situation. The first relates to the sensibilities of the people of Balochistan. The province has remained on the political periphery of the country and has had less than ideal relations with the federal government. Gwadar, going by federal government claims, is very important for Pakistanís progress. If we were to juxtapose its importance with the way the Baloch look at it in particular and mistrust the federal government in general, it becomes imperative that any step Islamabad might plan to take must take into account the feelings of the people of Balochistan. Ms Jalalís letter says that she has taken up the issue at the highest level because the people (of Balochistan) no longer trust the district and provincial administrations or the federal agencies working in Gwadar. Any policy regarding Gwadar cannot avoid taking cognisance of the feelings of the local people.
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    Re: Something rotten in Gwadar..

    Originally posted by Zakk
    It will never happen ..but I am sure a list of the people who "Purchased" the allotments would be a veritable who's who of the present government (politico-military)

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    Allotments to cronies are bad. However Balosh nationalists haven't shown any less cronism. Gawadar development schemes have been around for a long time now. What were these Baloch nationalist doing all this time? Smoking Charas?

    Development in any area means, flow of "Phoren" people. 7 million Balochis (same population as Karachi city) can not sit around and keep the rest of 143 million out. Sooner or later, people will come, and settle in Baloch territories. Once that happens Baloch have to keep up or shut up.

    Baloch nationalists are wasting so much energy in burning and looting. Instead they ought to be opening new schools and colleges. To produce balochi graduates who are expert in high tech industry, business management, and fine arts.

    They should then go around the country and even world and invite others to bring in their capital for investment. Showing AK47 and RPG is not going to scare people for long. Why because the other parties have bigger guns and more people.

    So Zakk mian, it is time now to promote development (roads, schools, and factories) in Balochistan, instead of promoting violence and anger.
    Mullahs are lying and our soldiers dying!

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      #3
      Re: Something rotten in Gwadar..

      anti: Your argument about the need for Baloch graduates is correct but the rest of it less so..firstly as far as the Baloch nationalists are concerned lets discuss the points you raised:

      About the Sardars/Nationalists: All Sardars are not nationalists (in fact quite the opposite)

      About why they have not done anything for there area: If you are arguing in the terms of political power, the Nationalists have barely been in power at a provincial level for a total of 3 or 4 years since 1973 (prior to that baluchistan tended to be ignored even more so)
      The Baloch provincial government is almost totally dependant on the federa government for revenues as a result it has almost no control over it's finances. Presently almost all the budget is going in salaries and debt servicing ( debts accumlated by waste and bein forced to borrow money at high rates to compensate for the deficit)

      About Gwadar: Almost all mega projects are under the control of the federal government. The present governor ( and many others ) that have been appointed are not even Baloch, neither do the Baloch have any representation at any level as far as Gas, ports and other issues (you can count the number of Baloch senior civil servants on one hand) .
      Your comment about inviting people to invest in the province again is a myth..unlike other provinces 90% of Balouchistan is in effect under the operation of the FC..the FC does not answer to the province solely...so basically how can you invite someone to visit when you have no control over the areas they maybe investing in?

      Your comment about keep up or shut up: That is odd considering how the concept of deliberately turning people in their own area into a minority is considered against basic norms. Are you suggesting Pakistan place it's own citizens in reservations like the aborigines? If so why would any self respecting Baloch want to stay a part of Pakistan if thats what Pakistan is offering them?
      How can a man die better than facing fearful odds for the ashes of his fathers and the Temple of his Gods?

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        Re: Something rotten in Gwadar..

        lets wait and see what the self-respecting Balochis can do....btw where do they get their arms from?
        pathar ki zaban

        Single. Of. Singles.

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          Re: Something rotten in Gwadar..

          some 4-5 months ago i was having a discusion abt al these Gwadar land sales with a friend of mine who's in the navy and currently stationed at Gwader at some staff appointment. for the past few yrs the Gwadar frenzy is getting on the nerves, literally. even every small time land dealer claims havin hands in the Gwadar 'gold rush'...But, i was quite surprised to know from my friend Azhar that the govt and the military depts supervisisng the development works at the would be port city have strict control and had imposed bans on sale and purchase of all sorts of property, land etc in Gwadar last year...I'm not exactly sure how deep the bans are and what particular subjects they'd affect, thats smthng we'll find out a few yrs later when investors would start whining abt being cheated or having met by fraudulent parties etc...and if that does hapen, only the govt will be blamed for the massive scam that wasnt looked after at the right time perhaps by intention...lets see...

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            #6
            Re: Something rotten in Gwadar..

            hmm keeping a cat guard for milk .. i think most of the land sales in pakistan at this moment have some kind of khaki hand.
            A scandal came to light in the DHA lahore for mismanagement and irregularities.
            No offence to Armed forces but its like they have conquered most of their own land by now.
            J for Jiala...J for Jaahil..
            Jaahil a hard-headed idiot who would never admit his mistake.

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