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Chaos in SC Karachi registry as missing persons’ families turn up in big numbers

Clamour in the courtroom at the Supreme Court Karachi led Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to briefly halt the proceedings on missing persons on Sunday.There was tight security in and around the court premises, where the CJP was due at noon and Rangers Director General Muhammad Saeed, Sindh Inspector General Amjad Saleemi, provincial interior secretary and intelligence officials were to furnish their responses after the top judge took notice a day earlier of the non-recovery of missing persons in Sindh.The road in front of the SC was blocked off to traffic, and the family members of missing persons, who were carrying placards and photos of their loved ones, were held back by a security cordon.As they spoke to the media outside the court, tearful family members appealed to the CJP to help ensure the recovery of their missing children, fathers and brothers.“We’ve knocked on every door seeking justice,” they lamented. “Where else should we go?”“We have no hope from security institutions,” …
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Top court directs LEAs to prioritise recovery of missing persons

By Arshad Baig

PHOTO: EXPRESSKARACHI: Supreme Court on Sunday directed law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to prioritise recovery of missing persons and constitute a special cell to monitor the progress.During the hearing of a suo motu case taken after Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar was relayed complaints of missing persons by their relatives during a visit to district courts in Larkana, the apex court accepted applications submitted by families of missing person and ordered LEAs to keep SC human rights cell in the loop during investigations.Sindh Inspector-General Amjad Javed and representatives of security agencies appeared before the top court at the Karachi Registry.CJP summons ISI, MI heads, DG Rangers SindhThe court proceedings begun with confusion as petitioners burst into tears, accusing security agencies of abducting their relatives. The emotional scene turned chaotic when the relatives resorted to manhandling of security officials in the courtroom after being prevente…

REVIEW: Balochistan: Architecture, Craft, and Religious Symbolism

Adam Abdullah

Balochistan: Architecture, Craft, and Religious Symbolism By Mohsen KeianyPrayer mat with the image of a mosque knotted into the design. — Photo from the bookBalochistan: Architecture, Craft, and Religious Symbolism By Mohsen KeianyPrayer mat with the image of a mosque knotted into the design. — Photo from the bookBalochistan: Architecture, Craft, and Religious Symbolism By Mohsen KeianyVISUAL artist and art critic Mohsen Keiany, in his book Balochistan: Architecture, Craft, and Religious Symbolism, looks into how symbols originate, get associated with contextual connotations, and eventually come to define a people through interaction within their surroundings. In the case of Balochistan, the symbols are few and very simple, conveying basic meaning and emotion, and reflecting the minimalism of a transient, nomadic lifestyle. The architecture and crafts of Balochistan include relics from some of the earliest examples of Islamic arts and architecture, based on a harmonious …

Heavenly horses, the four-footed legends of the Silk Road

Han Dynasty bronze galloping horse with sparrow under a hoof, unearthed in Gansu CREDIT: PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY21 JUNE 2018 • 12:00PMZhao XuIn ancient China animals, especially horses, did a lot of the economic heavy lifting and made a great contribution to artIn Western mythology the most famous horse is that of Troy, the giant wooden ruse that the Greeks used to wrong-foot their enemy. If there is any equine image in the East that can match the stature of its Western counterpart, it is probably that of the “heavenly horses” – horses that once travelled the ancient Silk Road connecting the Chinese empire with the vast land lying to its west.And if the Trojan horse embodied military subterfuge, then the heavenly horses, tianma, represented raw speed and stamina. The latter have also spawned numerous works of art, ones that remind us not only of a powerful ruler’s ambition but also of the transcontinental trade route this ambition eventually gave birth to.That ruler was Emperor Wudi o…

Opinion: The Belt & Road Initiative is bridging China, Nepal and beyond

Wang LiEditor's note: Wang Li is a professor at Jilin University in China. The article reflects the author's opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN.At the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Nepali Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli paid an official visit to China starting from June 19.Internationally, Nepal is not regarded as a major power, but China has maintained good relations with it based on equality and mutual respect since 1955 when the two sides normalized their diplomatic relationship.According to the ambassador of Nepal to China Leela Mani Paudyal, “PM Oli’s visit would focus on building mutual trust on the highest level.”In light of this, the two countries have agreed to enhance bilateral co-operation in infrastructure, trade, tourism and investment under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.Historically, China and Nepal have carried out mutually beneficial cooperation in light of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence since the mid-1950s.C…

China, Nepal to build Tibet-Kathmandu railway link

PTI Beijing and KathmanduJune 22, 2018UPDATED: June 22, 2018 20:07 ISTNepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli shakes hand with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China June 21, 2018. (Photo: Greg Baker/Pool via REUTERS)HIGHLIGHTSPM Oli sees rail link as alternative trade route for supply of commodities to Nepal.Railway line will connect Xigaze in Tibet with Kathmandu.This is the second significant initiative by Oli, after he signed a transit trade treaty with China.China and Nepal have agreed to build a strategic railway link connecting Tibet with Kathmandu, which Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli sees as an alternative trade route for supply of commodities to the landlocked Himalayan nation.Oli, who is here on a five-day visit, held talks with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang, following which a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to build the railway link through the arduous Himalayan terrain yest…

Swiss Time Bank

Time Bank:Swiss Time BankA student studying abroad in Switzerland observes the country in Switzerland:While studying in Switzerland, I rented a house near the school. The landlord Kristina is a 67-year-old single old lady who worked as a teacher in a secondary school before she retired. Switzerland's pension is very rich, enough not to make her worry about eating and drinking in her later years. However, it is puzzling that she actually found a "work" - to take care of an 87-year-old single old man. I asked if she was working for money. Her answer surprised me: “I did not work for money, but I put my time in the ‘time bank’, and when I couldn’t move at old age, I could withdraw it.”The first time I heard about the concept of "time bank", I was very curious and asked the landlord thoroughly. The original “Time Bank” was an old-age pension program developed by the Swiss Federal Ministry of Social Security. People saved the time of taking care of the elderly when …

Belt, Road enhances regional benefit of Beijing-Bangkok ties

China Daily Mo Hong'eThe synergy of the Belt and Road Initiative and Thailand 4.0 development program can help improve regional interconnectivity, accelerate economic growth and bring tangible benefits to people in East Asia, experts from China and Thailand said at a forum on Friday.The first Sino-Thai Joint Think Tank Forum, held in Beijing by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, included over 80 academics and officials from the two countries. They explored models for synergy between the China-proposed initiative and Thailand's development program.The innovation-driven Thailand 4.0 development program is highly consistent with the aims and goals of the Belt and Road Initiative, said Gao Peiyong, vice-president of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.Both countries have a significant need to boost linkages with other countries and promote industrial upgrading, Gao said. He named infrastructure, telecommunications, digital economy, energy and internet technology as the fi…

Current Balochistan: Conflict updates from ground

22/6/2018
KECH:-Baloch freedom fighters have attcked pakistani military forces check'post in Dasht Darachko, with rockets & Heavy weaponry due to which occurred to occupying state army.
23 June 2018 Today in Awaran Pakistani army did a operation, where it looted the valuable materials of houses and tortured women's and children, and abducted Khuda Bux S/o Lashkari, Zafeer S/o Khuda Bux, Sayed Mohmad S/o Allah Bux, Rahmat Ullah S/o Khair Jan, Ghulam Mohmd S/o Eid Mohmd, Shakor S/o Ghulam Mohmd, Najib S/o Sayed Mohmd, Jalal S/o Allah Bux, Rahmat Ullah S/o Din Mohmad, Hameed S/o Rahmat Ullah, Ubaid S/o Rahmat Ullah, Mohmd Shareep S/o Eido, Dad Mohmd S/o Naib, Karim Dad S/o Sher'Mohmd, Hussain S/o Aslam, Sowali, Sher Mohmd, Jan Mohmad, Ali Ahmed, Shareep & Amin.


23/6/2018
GWADAR:-On 18th June 2018 Pakistani army abducted Muslim S/o mohammd Raheem from Gwadar, Today he was released from military camp with critical conditionS and shifted to hospital.

23/6/2018
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China's "Underwater Great Wall"

Chinese "optical-fiber hydrophone shore-based array" for submarine detection (CCTV / video still)BY THE STRATEGIST 2018-06-18 09:23:22[By Ewen Levick]The news that China has deployed bombers and cruise missiles to contested reefs and islands in the South China Sea has caused significant concern. The move allows Beijing to target ships in disputed waters with a missile capable of maneuvering around defence systems at Mach 3. It has also placed northern Australia within reach of Chinese warplanes.The deployment has certainly changed the regional strategic picture. Yet modern conflict, as practiced by revisionist states like China and Russia, doesn’t often pit conventional capabilities head-to-head. Instead, those nations change facts on the ground (or sea) and influence opponents’ decision-making while keeping their actions ‘plausibly deniable’, or short of a reaction threshold that might bring superior Western militaries into open conflict.Beijing, for example, has used fishe…