September 12: Bloomberg report by Faseeh Mangi and Chris Kay states that in Pakistan’s Tharpakar desert, Chinese and Pakistani workers toil in the blistering heat to complete the construction of a massive open pit coal mine and an adjacent 660 megawatt power plant four months before schedule. The roadblocks will come soon after. When Engro Corp., one of Pakistan’s largest conglomerates, which is partnering with China, begins generating electricity from the plant in December it will hit a distribution and transmission network that is essentially “bankrupt,” according to Shamsuddin Shaikh, the chief executive officer of Engro’s energy arm.
Kuwait Times: Pakistan convicts 2 over blasphemy lynching case
March 21: Kuwait Times states that a Pakistani anti-terrorism court sentenced two men, including a local government official, to life in prison yesterday for their role in the brutal campus lynching two years ago of a university student accused of blasphemy. Mashal Khan, 23, was attacked and killed by a mob on the campus of a university in Mardan, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, following a dormitory debate about religion.
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