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India’s opposition to CPEC on shaky ground

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Neither of New Delhi's two main justifications for opposing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor stands up to scrutiny By ADNAN AAMIRAPRIL 1, 2020 Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 3, 2018. Photo: AFP / Jason LeeSpeaking during Raisina Dialogue 2020 in January, Indian Naval Chief Admiral Karambir Singh claimed that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor impinges on India’s sovereignty. This was a repetition of India’s stand against CPEC, which is the flagship project of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Indian government also opposes CPEC because it considers Sino-Pakistani cooperation a threat. However, the Indian opposition to CPEC on these two points does not hold ground.There are two major reasons that drive the Indian opposition to the US$50 billion CPEC initiative. The first reason is that…
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Security situation in Balochistan reviewed

QUETTA: With proper efforts by law enforcement agencies, the law and order situation in Balochistan is being maintained adequately amid the coronavirus outbreak, says the provincial home minister.“Security forces, police and other departments are alert and the overall state of affairs in the province is being monitored,” said Minister for Home and Tribal Affairs Mir Ziaullah Langove while presiding over a meeting held here on Tuesday to review security situation in the province.Published in Dawn, April 1st, 2020

Balochistan CM promises relief for industries, daily wage earners soon

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has said that his government would soon announce tax exemption for industries in the province.Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, he said the industries would get incentives through exemption in service tax and reduction in other taxes which would help them to continue their production.The chief minister said the industries would be given tax relief so that its benefit could reach the people who were suffering badly due to the coronavirus outbreak. He said the provincial government was aware of the difficulties of daily wage workers who had been rendered jobless because of lockdowns and a package for them and other needy people would be announced within a week. The departments concerned were preparing that package, he added. “We are evolving a ration distribution system in consultation with welfare organisations so that food items could reach every deserving person,” Mr Alyani said.He expressed anger over negative …

Balochistan CM accuses centre of not providing adequate assistance

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has alleged that the federal governm­e­­nt, the National Disaster Manage­ment Authority (NDMA) and other provinces have not provided required assistance to Balochistan for coping with the situation created after people returning from Iran were required to put in quarantine centres at the Taftan border due to outbreak of Covid-19.Talking to reporters here on Monday, he said the provincial government used its own resource to deal the situation at the border.He said no financial support had so far been received from the federal government to deal with the situation at the Taftan border. The NDMA only provided 1,200 tents, blankets and plastic sheets, he added. The chief minister said the Balochistan government had so far released Rs2 billion for making arrangements to stop the spread of Covid-19.Provincial Finance Minis­ter Mir Zahoor Ahmed Bule­­di, Home Minister Ziaullah Langove, Health Secretary Waheed Mudassar Malik…

Balochistan reports two more coronavirus cases, provincial tally reaches 154

SAMAA |  Posted: Mar 31, 2020 | Last Updated: 37 mins ago Photo: AFP Two more cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in Balochistan on Tuesday taking the total number of those affected in the province to 154.According to Balochistan Government Spokesperson Liaquat Shahwani, of these, 15 were local transmissions and the remaining patients had travel history. “So far, a total of 1,854 people have been tested across the province,” he confirmed.One patient of the virus has been discharged and reports of 60 people are awaited, Shahwani added. More than 400 people have been quarantined.Following the increase in the cases, the Balochistan government has closed Pakistan’s Taftan and Chaman borders with Iran and Afghanistan.A lockdown has also been imposed across the province and Section 144 has been imposed

2,400 medical stores go on strike in Balochistan

by  on  More than 2,400 medical stores across Balochistan including Quetta shut down their businesses on Monday due to the complete strike in protest against sealing of three medical stores by the authorities in Quetta.The Assistant Commissioner sealed the three medical stores a day earlier. In protest, the medical stores owners association Balochistan announced complete strike in Quetta city over the non-cooperative attitude of the city administration."The pharmacies are being prosecuted," the medical store owners said. The association said more than 2,400 medical stores across Balochistan would be closed until the government allows us to open the pharmacies without any interruption.

Disappearance of Sajid Hussain creates environment of mental uncertainty among asylum seekers in Europe. Dr Murad Baloch

Disappearance of Sajid Hussain creates environment of mental uncertainty among asylum seekers in Europe. Dr Murad BalochDate: 30 Mar 2020Author: Admin0 Dr. Murad Baloch, the Secretary-General of the Baloch National Movement said that the Swedish government, organizations of journalists and other international human rights organizations should play their role in finding senior Baloch journalist and writer Sajid Hussain. Sajid Hussain has gone missing since 2nd March and his whereabouts are unknown.Dr. Murad said that Sajid Hussain is one of the gifted journalists of Balochistan. He had worked in renowned Pakistani daily newspapers, ‘The News’ and ‘Daily Times’ as assistant news editor and city editor respectively. Due to the abduction and killing of several journalists in Balochistan by Pakistan army, Sajid Hussain facing threats of persecution escaped from there and sought asylum in Sweden. Sajid Hussain is The Chief Editor of the online magazine “Balochistan Times” and he has been hig…

BLF slams additional Pakistani troop deployment in Balochistan under the cover of Covid-19

Date: 30 Mar 2020Author: Admin0 Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) spokesman Majo Gwahram Baloch said in a media statement that the move to send additional Pakistani troops to nine districts of Balochistan in response to the global outbreak of Corona virus is a shameful act.Major Gwahram Baloch added that he wants his beloved and brave Baloch people, and the whole world to know that this deployment of additional Pakistani troops across occupied Balochistan was not being done to stop the spread of Coronavirus but to suppress the Baloch movement under the cover of combating this global pandemic. “This is a disgusting plan to intensify military operations against Baloch mass,” Maj. Gwahram Baloch said.He explained that during this global pandemic, the Pakistani military generals and their civilian puppets are trying to repeat the same inhumane tactics with renewed intensity against the Baloch nation as they did after the devastating earthquake of 2013 in the areas of Mashkay, Jhao, Awaran…

The Impact Of COVID-19 On China’s Belt And Road Initiatives In Africa

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A new report by Economist Corporate Network, supported by Baker McKenzie and Silk Road Associates, BRI Beyond 2020 (report), shows that the ripple effects of COVID-19 are affecting the nature, pace and scope of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) activity in Africa, mostly for the short term.The report also explains how the virus has led to an increased interest in digital programmes in BRI countries, as well as a heightened focus on sustainability, including workforce health. The BRI is China’s multi-billion-dollar plan to link Asia, Europe, and Africa.
“The COVID-19 epidemic definitely has a dampening effect on BRI activities as Chinese companies focus their resources and efforts on dealing with the various types of the impact caused by such an epidemic. However, this effect will likely be relatively short term and we are already seeing the resumption of BRI activities by our Chinese clients. It is also heartening to see foreign sellers and partners adjusting their…

Screening Of Fishermen Held For Corona,4 Suspected Patients Shifted To Gwadar Hospital

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 24 seconds ago Mon 30th March 2020 | 04:11 PMThe Pakistan Coast Guard screened as many as 4256 fishermen for corona virus in the sea and 4 suspected patients of the virus were taken to Gwadar Hospital KARACHI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Mar, 2020 ) :The Pakistan Coast Guard screened as many as 4256 fishermen for corona virus in the sea and 4 suspected patients of the virus were taken to Gwadar Hospital.According to a press release issued here on Monday, 600 personnel and officials of the force participated in the said operation utilizing 20 big and small boats. The PCG also distributed ration bags among underprivileged population living in far flung areas of