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The members of JUI-F getting ready for the Azadi march

22 October 2019, Tuesday

Imran Khan inaugurates a CPEC powerplant in Balochistan

The Rehbar Committee insists on holding Azadi March on 31 October; The government is getting ready to ban JUI-F’s Ansarul Islam 

PR Daily Brief | D. Suba Chandran

22 October 2019, Tuesday

Imran Khan inaugurates a CPEC powerplant in Balochistan

On Monday (22 October 2019), Imran Khan inaugurated a new powerplant – China Hub in Balochistan. The power plant will be fired with coal from the Thar and is expected to produce 1320 MW of electricity. Imran Khan also mentioned that since the power plant will use coal, the electricity produced by the plant will be cheaper. Also, according to the Prime Minister, 7000 Pakistanis are engaged with the powerplant.

With a cost of USD 1912 million, the project is led by the China Power Hub Generation Company (Private) Limited. The ground breaking ceremony for the project was held in March 2017 and became commercial in August 2019.

According to available reports, the CPHGC is a joint venture between Pakistan based Hub Power Company (74 percent) and China Power International Holding (26 percent). The coal to be used in the power plant is expected to be imported either from South Africa or Indonesia to a tune of 4.1 MT every year.


The Rehbar Committee insists on holding Azadi March on 31 October

“There will be no compromise on Azadi March.” Thus spoke Akram Khan Durrani, the Convenor of Rehbar Committee of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F). He also asked the government to speak to the Committee and not any individual over the issue. Earlier, the committee formed by the government led by Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khattak had approached the JUI-F leader Fazlur Rahman on the subject.

Owing to pressure from the other opposition parties that are supporting the Azadi march announced by Fazlur Rahman, the latter refused to meet the government representatives. Mr Durrani also warned the government from taking any action against the marchers. It is widely believed that Fazlur Rahman would be arrested if he refuses to call off the march.


The government is getting ready to ban JUI-F’s Ansarul Islam 

The government seems to be preparing to take action against the supporters of the JUI-F. Separately, the government is also planning to ban Ansarul Islam, one of the JUI-F organizations. The Information Minister of the KP has announced that “the government will take action against activists of the JUI-F wearing uniforms similar to law enforcement forces and carrying sticks which is violation of the Article 152 and National Action Plan (NAP).”

The Ansarul Islam comprises of volunteers from the JUI-F seminaries. The volunteers wearing a uniform and presenting a guard of honour to Fazlur Rahman has made the government worry about law and order issues if the former decides to use force in organizing the Azadi march.

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