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National Party

National Party
National Party

National Party  is a social democratic, centre-left political party. It is one of the largest parties active in the province of Balochistan, Pakistan along with Balochistan National Party. It traces its legacy from the Kalat State National Party of Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, Mir Gul Khan Nasir and Mir Abdul Aziz Kurd, and is currently headed by Hasil Bizenjo.

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Quaid e Azam Residency

One of the most notable tourist destinations in Balochistan, Pakistan is the Quaid-e-Azam Residency which is located in Ziarat and it is a fabulous tourist resort in Balochistan. Quaid-e-Azam denoted the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah and who was also the first Governor General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Quaid-e-Azam Residency of Ziarat has the important distinction that Muhammad Ali Jinnah spent his last 70 days of life over here.  The structure of the Quaid-e-Azam residency is of wooden in nature and which was originally designed as a sanatorium during the British Raj. Later, it was converted into the summer residence of the agent of the Governor General. The Quaid-e-Azam Residency is today declared as a national monument and heritage site which is still surrounded by phenomenal Juniper forest.

Quaid e Azam Residency - Ziarat, Balochistan - Pakistan - Image  ©  Tariq Khalifa (Indus82 on flickr)
Quaid e Azam Residency – Ziarat.

In 2013, the Quaid-e-Azam Residency in Ziarat, Balochistan which is a symbolic building in the history was burnt to fire by a militant group in a terrorist attack. This was probably one of the saddest happenings in the province, as the buildings of such historic importance are normally protected and conserved by the nations in order to perpetuate them as memorable landmarks for the upcoming generations. The wooden parts and other delicate segments of the Quaid-e-Azam Residency were badly affected as a result of the attack.The residency was also accidentally damaged during the 2008 earthquake.This building was also consisting of a phenomenal collection of pictures, library, and furniture that remained under the use of Quaid-e-Azam during his last times of life.

However, after this the reconstruction work of Quaid-e-Azam Residency in Ziarat was started with a cost of Rs 70 million earmarked by the Balochistan government. Four months stipulated period was allotted for the reconstruction process of the Quaid-e-Azam residency with the help of national and international experts.

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Makran coastal highway

The Makran Coastal Highway is located primarily in Balochistan, Pakistan. It follows the Arabian Sea coast from Karachi to Gwadar.

makran coastal highway along the beaches of Baluchistan Pakistan.
Makran coastal highway along the beaches of Baluchistan Pakistan.

Previously there was a muddy track linking Karachi with the town of Gwadar. Journeys between the two could take several days as the safest route was to travel via Quetta. The journey time has now been reduced to six or seven hours with the construction of the new Makran Coastal Highway (National Highway N10). The highway was built as part of an overall plan to improve transport facilities in southern Balochistan; other parts of the plan include the new seaport and international airport at Gwadar and the construction of a road linking Gwadar to Khuzdar.

Makran Coastal Highway through ravines and canyons.
Makran Coastal Highway through ravines and canyons.

In the coastal areas of Balochistan, the main livelihood is fishing. The catch could not be sold in Karachi because the fish would rot by the time they reached Karachi. However, the new highway has improved people’s livelihoods by giving them the opportunity to sell fish in major markets in Karachi.

Completion of this highway has open up the area exposing all business opportunities in Gawadar and on Makran coast to the international investors. It is certainly going to attract new townships and settlements of international investors, tourists, and workforce coming from distant lands. The Makran coastal highway also links Karachi with Iran and, thus, opens a new and shorter trade route between the two countries. Gaining access to the more lucrative but landlocked central Asian markets via Iran and Afghanistan is also on the cards.

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