In view of possible terrorist threats, various offices of NGOs in government buildings have been shifted to safer places on security grounds.

Sources say that the Provincial Government has taken the said step to ensure safety of people as threats are being received since last many days that NGOs offices present in government buildings could be targeted.

Thus taking belligerent action, NWFP government has decided to shift them to safer places in view of possible terrorist threats.

Stringent security measures are being taken in this regard.

US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has cancelled his visit to Jalozai camp on Thursday due to bad weather.

According to the details, Richard Halbrooke was scheduled to visit Jalozai camp to meet internally displaced person and review the arrangements of their return but his visit was cancelled due to bad weather.

On the other hand, Chairman Special Support Group Lt. Gen. Nadeem Ahmed visited Jalozai camp and told media men 1,30,000 families have returned back to their homes in Swat and Buner.

38 person displaced persons have returned to their homes, he said, adding that, the displace people living outside the Province can also go back to their homes as there is no ban in this respect.

Replying to a question, he said, the Government and army is satisfied with the measures being adopted for the return of IDPs. He said the return of IDPs in Swat and Buner was stopped on Thursday to improve the measures.

IDPs during return to their homes are getting one month Ration at three points, he said. When asked about problem being faced by IDPs with regard to cash card, he said, Pakistan army is trying to resolve their issue, as majority of IDPs are illiterate.

Earlier, NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar has announced interval on Thursday in return of the displaced persons to their homes.

He said that the Provincial government has announced one day break in return of Malakand IDPs and no caravan of displaced persons will leave from the camps on Thursday.

Unknown assailants gunned down a Principal of a school after spraying bullets on him here in Quetta on Thursday.

According to details, unknown assailants who were on a motorcycle gunned down a Principal of High School Haji Muhammad Mohsin Ansari who was walking on the road.

He died on the spot. Police have handed over his dead body to his family members amid cries and fright.

Soon after the incident, Frontier Corp. Balochistan has cordoned off the area while search for the culprits is underway in this regard.

Several villages have reportedly been flooded, thousands of people have been rendered homeless, and crops destroyed due to breakage in the Damani Dam caused by heavy rains here in Barkhan area of Balochistan Province.

120 acre of land in District Barkhan has submerged and due to flash floods many slum areas have been completely destroyed due to which 15 to 20,000 people have been badly affected. Cattle, animals and crops have also been swept away by the flash floods.

SDO Barkhan Jumma Khan told that repair work on the Dam was being carried out due to which it could not hold the stormy rain water and breached. He said in half and hour 88 millimeter rain was recorded which had played havoc.

The former provincial minister Balochistan Sardar Abdul Rehman Kethran said that the stormy downpours started early Wednesday and continued for several hours, causing breakage in Damani Dam and leaving many villages flooded. He also alleged that substandard material was used in the construction of dam due to which it breached. He said that areas of Dera Ghazi Khan are also under threat due to breakage of Dam

The affectees have started migration to seek refuge to safer places while many vulnerable houses have also been adversely affected due to unabated rain fall, he added.

No loss of life has been reported thus far, he concluded. On the other hand, Provincial Irrigation Minister Aslam Bizenjo told Private TV Channel 30 feet breach in the dam was caused by heavy rain and the nearby villages were affected by due to heavy rain instead of breach in dam.

He said the Government would help the affectees. He said that the dam was under construction and developed a big breach due to heavy rain.

At least 3 people were wounded in a blast occurred in "Chat" shop situated at Liaquat Bazaar, the busiest bazaar of Quetta.

According to details, some women went in to Chat house and ate Chat there and once they left, the blast occurred, causing injuries to 3 people who were working in the shop at Hari Kishan Road .

The first floor of the shop was partially damaged in the blast while windowpane of some nearby buildings was also shattered.

Ambulances and Police reached at the site. According to bomb disposal squad, home-made bomb was used in the blast.

On the other hand, women wing of Baloch Liberation Army has claimed responsibility of the blast. It may be recalled here same type of blast was occurred in ice cream and juice shop at Mezan Chowk in Quetta on June 16, causing injuries to 4 people.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has approved the allocation of candidates to various occupational groups in the civil service on the basis of CSS 2008 results as per Federal Public Service Commission’s recommendation.

For the first time in history of civil service, Balochistan has been allocated 28 seats, while previously only single digit quota for Balochistan was earmarked.

The batch of 357 candidates recommended by the FPSC will be the largest batch ever appointed by the Government, whose occupational group-wise distribution is 48 Pakistan Audit & Accounts Service 36, for Commerce 32, Customs & Excise,District Management Group 38, Foreign Service of Pakistan 25
Income Tax Group 39, Information Group 41 , Military Lands & Cantonment 3, Office Management Group 34, Police Service of Pakistan 35, Postal Group 13, and Railways Group 13.

In order to encourage participation of women in the civil service, female candidates have been given 10% quota over and above merit seats. In all, 57 women have been selected that includes 33 on merit and 24 on women quota representing 16% of total successful candidates.

This year, a record number of 445 vacancies in various occupational groups were conveyed to the FPSC to enable allocation of significant number of seats to provinces like Balochistan and Sindh. A total of 4244 candidates appeared while 685 qualified the examination.

The Commission has made allocation against 357 vacancies whereas allocation against 88 vacancies (77 province-based open merit and 11 reserved for women quotas) could not be made due to non availability of suitable candidates.

However, the un-filled vacancies falling against the quota of Sindh, Balochistan and AJ&K will be carried forward to the next CSS Competitive Examination 2009 to ensure that candidates from all provinces are given their full quota.

This gesture of the Prime Minister would go a long way in improving good governance in the country and shall motivate the young graduates to come forward and participate in the civil service with zeal and
spirit, which has also shown the commitment of the present government’s policy to provide jobs in public sector strictly on merit keeping in view the provincial/regional quotas, as well as, to ensure representation of women, as per their enhanced prescribe quota.

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