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Developments in Pakistan, geopolitical implications

Pakistan's federal government has given peace award to the noted sectarian figure Masroor Nawaz Jhangvi son of late Haq Nawaz Jhangvi who had founded the Sipah-e-Sahba Pakistan (SSP). Masroor Jhangvi had recently been elected to the Punjab provincial assembly from Jhang. He had defeated PML-N candidate in a by-election. What does this development indicate? Either the Pakistani government is trying to mainstream the noted militants or the state has conceded its inability to deal with such forces and surrendered to extremist forces. For details, see: http://tribune.com.pk/story/1278548/controversial-cleric-masroor-jhangvi-presented-peace-award/Imtiaz Gul in his column "Geo-politics and Afghanistan" published in The Express Tribune analysed the recent trilateral meeting in Moscow that was focused to find out a regional solution to the Afghan problem. The column raises a pertinent question--whether a new geo-political game was going to begin in which India, Afghanistan and t…

Brahumdagh Bugti is wobbling

Brahumdagh Bugti is wobbling , that's what Baloch groups are airing their anger in private. A look at the new year greetings to Pakistanis is self explanatory. In the backdrop of recent interview to BBC where he expressed willingness to talk to Pakistani millitary if they brief him what they want from him, this recent Twitter post shows that he is ensnaring Pakistani Millitary for possible return for a right deal.

Seven projects for KP included in CPEC: Khattak

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/175882-Seven-projects-for-KP-included-in-CPEC-Khattak

January 01, 2017NOWSHERA: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said that seven projects for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been included in the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Talking to reporters upon his return from his visit to China here, the chief minister said that projects including ➡lying a railway track from Karachi to Peshawar, ➡construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam, ➡construction of a road and railway line and fiber-optic from Gilgit to Havelian, ➡establishment of industrial estate, construction of a road, ➡highway and railway line from Peshawar to Dera Ismail Khan ➡and construction of a road from Kohat to Jhand, which would be linked with the route of the CPEC, are part of the CPEC.➡Similarly, he said that an alternative alignment for the CPEC would also be constructed from Gilgit to Chitral as well.The chief minister said that these projects were of high value to the prov…

Corridor Of Uncertainty

http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/cpec-pakistan-china-economic-corridor-4452364/Trade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept outWRITTEN BY KHALEDAHMED |Updated: December 31, 2016 4:36 Am
The only big thing going for an isolated Pakistan is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Unable to tackle its internal security problems — for which it now wrongly blames India — it prefers focusing on the good times the world thinks the Chinese investment of $46 billion will bring. However, speaking at an awards ceremony at the Balochistan Frontier Constabulary Headquarters in Quetta on December 20, Commander Southern Command Lt General Amir Riaz thought he should send a clear message to arch-enemy India: “Join CPEC and share the fruits of future development by shelving your anti-Pakistan activities and subversion.”There was a time, not long ago, when Patrade utopia of CPEC will remain incomplete if India is kept outkistan blamed America for acts of terrorism in…

Balochistan: Pakistani forces suffered heavy loss in fierce gun battle against Baloch fighters

http://balochwarna.com/2016/12/31/balochistan-pakistani-forces-suffered-heavy-loss-in-fierce-gun-battle-against-baloch-fighters/QUETTA:  Pakistani Frontier Corps (FC) and their local collaborators (death squads) ambushed three Baloch freedom fighters in Nemargh area of Kalat on Thursday afternoon as result a Baloch fighter was killed and Pakistani forces also suffered heavy losses.According to details, three fighters of the Baloch Liberation Army were on a routine patrol when the Pakistani military death squad and FC jointly ambushed them.The gun battle continued for two hours. The Baloch fighters succeeded in breaking the death squad and FC’s siege, even though one of BLA fighter was wounded.In a brief statement to media a Jiand Baloch the spokesperson of the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) confirmed the gun battle and said that their wounded friend later succumbed to his injuries due to intensive bleeding.He said the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) fighters also came to the aid of B…

Surge in militant attacks as CPEC becomes operational

http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/12/30/significant-decline-recorded-in-militant-attacks-across-country/
Significant decline recorded in militant attacks across countryNational14 HOURS AGO BY STAFF REPORTWhile Pakistan witnessed another year of decline in militant attacks, Balochistan saw a surge in militancy as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was operationalised in 2016.
This was stated by a report issued by a local think-tank.
The report for year 2016 issued by the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) says that Balochistan remained the most troublesome province in 2016 from where a majority of the militant attacks, maximum deaths, and injuries were reported.
According to statistics issued by the think-tank, Pakistan saw a 30 percent decline in militant attacks and 28 percent decline in deaths. However, there was a 24 percent increase in the number of the injured as compared to 2015.
Average militant attacks per month have further dropped in 2016…

BALOCHISTAN Shining

http://nation.com.pk/editorials/28-Dec-2016/shining-balochistan
Shining BalochistanDecember 28, 2016
Balochistan has been reduced to two words, “militancy” and “Gwadar”, and its people keep becoming invisible.Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa made an important speech at the passing out parade of new Frontier Corps recruits in Quetta.
He expressed solidarity with the Baloch people and also said that the military was committed to completing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which would usher in a new era of development in the province.
He appreciated the grit of the honourable people now joining law enforcement agencies of Balochistan; who have shunned anti-state elements at work and embraced the true spirit of patriotism.This is all true, but there is so much that is often not said in official speeches.
Balochistan is an integral part of Pakistan and its people have suffered far too long due to the conflict.
Its abundant natural resources have always had the potential to transform…

Little support from India says BRP member

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/Little-support-from-India-Baloch-leader/article16929458.ece1KallolBhattacherjeeNEW DELHI: DECEMBER 23, 2016 00:00 ISTUPDATED: DECEMBER 23, 2016 04:28 ISTPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s aggressive pitch for Balochistan has begun to appear like a mere flash in the pan to the Baloch rebels.The movement for free Balochistan, which gained wider recognition with Mr. Modi’s August 15 speech, is facing the worst phase of repression at the hands of the Pakistan military. But India seems uninterested in providing any support, said a senior member of the Baloch Republican Party.“We were expecting diplomatic support at the international level,” said Azizullah Bugti of the BRP. But unfortunately there had been no further development from the Indian side.“We are facing difficulties like military operations, abductions and killings of Baloch civilians, but the movement is continuing,” he said. “It’s for India to decide whether to raise our issue or not…

Balochistan to fill 20,000 vacant posts in 90 days

https://www.dawn.com/news/1305306/balochistan-to-fill-20000-vacant-posts-in-90-days

SALEEM SHAHIDQUETTA: The Baloch­is­tan government has decided to fill 20,000 out of 35,000 vacancies in different provincial departments in 90 days. The appointments to Grade 11 to 15 posts will be made through the National Testing Service (NTS).According to sources, a meeting held last month with provincial Chief Secretary Saifullah Chattah in the chair was informed that around 35,000 approved vacancies were in different provincial government departments.Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri after knowing about these vacancies ordered the departments concerned to make arrangement for recruitment on them purely on merit.The sources said that in the first phase 20,000 vacancies up to Grade 15 would be filled through the NTS. The process of recruitment on 20,000 posts would be completed in three months. Recruitment on posts of Grade 16 and above would be made through the Balochistan Public Service Commissi…

World Trends: Astrological predictions of 2017

Indian Astrology
PanditOmkarnath predictions of 20172016 had its share of surprises in form of Brexit, US Poll, demonetization drive in India & terror as well as conflicts all over the world. Even, we all went through at least some major changes in our lives. 2017 also has some very potent and far reaching transits such as the Saturn move from Scorpio to Sagittarius & then an un-ceremonial kick back of it into Scorpio that would open a Pandora’s box worldwide. Jupiter would move into Libra & Rahu (the dragon’s head) & Ketu (the dragon’s tail) would shift into Cancer & Capricorn respectively. All these movements promise a very eventful year that could transform your life quite significantly & the 2017 related changes would have far reaching effect on you till 2019 at the least.On a macro level the world trends seem to throw some surprising prospects:Brexit - A solution might come about after end-January, only to be back tracked around June 2017. Some behind- the…

Chinese to outnumber Baloch natives by 2048

| FPCCI report for addressing citizens’ concern regarding marginalisation

December 29, 2016ISLAMABAD -  Given the current rate of influx of Chinese nationals into Balochistan and after the completion of the CPEC the native population of the area will be outnumbered by 2048.To address the concern of the Baloch citizens regarding marginalisation, the government should provide a sense of security to the natives by including them in the legislative process, and by providing them with technical and vocational training to ensure their share in the economic sphere, recommended a report launched by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI).The report was launched by FPCCI President Rauf Alam at a press conference here on Wednesday.Alam said the government could not separate the representations of the private sector and the main stakeholder of the economy from formulation of a policy regarding the CPEC.He said the FPCCI had constituted an advisory committee on the CP…

BREAKING: ISIS attacked Baloch freedom fighters camp in Kalat

JISIS attack Baloch freedom fighters camp in Kalat area of Balochistan, according to reports heavy fight continuing.Sources say LeT , ISIS,  and Pakistan army jointly attacked a camp of Balochistan  Liberation Front  today in Kalat  area of Balochistan. Recent Visit of Hafiz Saeed  to  Balochiatan  is linked to this attack. Casualties are reported. It is said that
BRA, BLA, LB, and BLF  has jointly responded to the cowardly attack backed by Pakistani Army and ISI.Baloch and local sources claim more casualties are on Pakistani Army and allies Baloch  freedom fighters from nearby camps have surrounded Pakistani army and it's terrorists groups, source told  to BalochHouseA senior member of BLA  Suleman Baloch attained  martyrdom during clashed as per Baloch sources.

Naela Quadri in Kerala

Kerala news coverageNaela Quadri touching hearts in MALYALAM

Aali Bugti has official patronage

ISLAMABAD: Nawab Akbar Bugti’s young grandson Aali Bugti, who recently staged an abrupt comeback in Dera Bugti, marking the revival of the return of the possible hold of the clan on the area, has the official patronage and acquiescence, it is learnt.

“Aali Bugti did not suddenly emerge on the murky Balochistan horizon without an understanding with the powers that matter,” an informed source told The News on condition of anonymity.

He said that allowing, rather facilitating, Aali’s return to Dera Bugti was a potent effort of influential circles to tackle Brahamdagh Bugti, who is charged with commanding terrorist activities in Balochistan from Afghanistan and openly speaking and working against the integrity of Pakistan. Brahamdagh does not hide his plan and actions.

Officials say that after constant battering from all around over the growing sense of alienation in Balochistan, powerful quarters that have been in contact with Aali Bugti decided that he returns to Dera Bugti to mark his pre…

Balochistan: In no hurry to set up 'government in exile', says Naela Quadri

http://m.firstpost.com/india/balochistan-in-no-hurry-to-set-up-government-in-exile-says-naela-quadri-3177450.htmlKannur (Kerala): As part of drumming up support for setting up a 'government in exile', Baloch International Women's Forum leader Naela Quadri Baloch has said they were in no hurry for it.Baloch, who arrived in Kerala on Tuesday night as part of her effort at garnering support across the country, will speak on Wednesday at a public meeting in Thalassery near here.The meeting is being organised under the aegis of 'Brennen Vibrant', an organisation of the old activists of the RSS's students wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad at Brennen College in Thalassery."Our goal is to set up a government in exile and we are in no hurry for that. We all know that it's a long way ahead and we are now laying the foundation for it," she said."What has come as a joy for us is that the people of Varanasi have extended their support to us and we w…

Nearly 1,000 bodies of activists, separatists found in Balochistan: Pak govt figures       

http://m.hindustantimes.com/world-news/nearly-1-000-bodies-of-activists-separatists-found-in-balochistan-pak-govt-report/story-S1pfvVpBqDcdHv6lwefNQP.html
In this file photo from September 2016, Mazdak Dilshad Baloch, son of prominent author-activist Naela Qadri Baloch and filmmaker Mir Ghulam Mustafa Raisaini who lives in Canada in exile, climbs during a protest against Pakistan near Pakistani Embassy against human rights violation in Balochistan. (HT Photo)Updated: Dec 29, 2016 09:47 ISTBy Rezaul Hasan Laskar, Hindustan Times, New DelhiNearly 1,000 bodies of political activists and suspected separatists have been found in the restive Balochistan province over the past six years, according to the Pakistan government’s official figures.Most of the bodies were dumped in the regions of Quetta, Qalat, Khuzdar and Makran, areas where Balochistan’s separatist insurgency has its roots, BBC Urdu reported citing figures from the federal human rights ministry.“According to the Federal Ministry …

Naela Quadri in Talesserey, Kerala

Initial pictures of Prof.Naela Quadri

Bugti want to negotiate with Pakistan Army

Nawab Bugti gave interview to Azadi Where he is interested to negotiate with Army.He is saying,  "We are political people. Our doors for negotiations is never close. We are ready to talk. We don't t have any demand. We want to Know what the military leaders want from us".http://dailyazadiquetta.com/httpwp-mep3wa3i-cna/
سیاسی لوگ ہیں مذاکرات کے دروازے کبھی بند نہیں کیے،براہمداغ بگٹیمانیٹرنگ ڈیسک |  وقتِ اشاعت :   December 27th, 2016
کوئٹہ: بی آرپی کے سربراہ نوابزادہ براہمداغ بگٹی کا کہنا ہے کہ ہم انتہا پسند نہیں سیاسی لوگ ہیں کبھی مذاکرات کو مسترد نہیں کیا، ہمارا کوئی ڈیمانڈ نہیں فوجی قیادت بتائے کہ ان کو کیا چاہیے، مشرف سے لیکر اب تک بلوچستان میں آپریشن جاری ہے۔ ان خیالات کااظہار نوابزادہ براہمداغ بگٹی نے غیرملکی خبررساں ادارے کو ایک انٹرویو کے دوران کیا۔ نوابزادہ براہمداغ بگٹی نے کہاکہ فوج اور حکومتی نمائندے ہر وقت دعوے کرتے ہیں کہ عوام ہمارے ساتھ ہے جبکہ ہمارے ساتھ چند مٹی بھر عناصر ہیں۔ انہوں نے کہاکہ مذاکرات مائنڈ سیٹ پر انحصار کرتا ہے فی الوقت مجھے زمینی حقائق کچھ ا…

Water resource management in Balochistan

https://www.dawn.com/news/1304421/water-resource-management-in-balochistan
MOHIUDDINAAZIM
AWARENESS about efficient use of water is growing among farmers and orchard owners in Balochistan, while the government and multilateral lending agencies are focusing on water resource development.Farmers in Balochistan rely on several ways, in varying degrees, of getting water for their cropland and orchards. And in a few areas they have started making the most of available water supplies, officials and farmers say.For example in low-lying districts like Lasbela and Khuzdar, some crop farmers are now using solar-power generators to extract water from open wells. Besides, one can see the water-efficient tunnel farms of vegetables now coming up a bit faster and drip water irrigation for crop fields is gaining popularity, according to officials of the provincial agriculture department.In Pishin, Qila Saifullah and other fruit producing districts a number of orchard owners now prefer micro-irrigation …

Refugee praised as 'inspirational' by BBC deemed inadmissible to Canada

https://www.thestar.com/news/immigration/2016/12/26/refugee-praised-as-inspirational-by-bbc-deemed-inadmissible-to-canada.htmlRefugee praised as 'inspirational' by BBC deemed inadmissible to Canada
An activist praised for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan” from Pakistan has had her asylum hearing suspended by Canadian border-enforcement authorities.Karima Mehrab was recognized by the BBC for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan,” a formerly sovereign state that was seized by Pakistan in 1948.  (NICHOLAS KEUNG / TORONTO STAR)  By NICHOLASKEUNGImmigration reporterMon., Dec. 26, 2016A refugee named by the BBC as one of the world’s 100 most “inspirational and influential” women in 2016 has had her asylum claim suspended by Ottawa because of her activism.Karima Mehrab was recognized by the British Broadcasting Corporation for her “campaigns for independence for Balochistan,” an area that had been under the British rule until 1947 and was later acceded to Pak…

Huge oil, gas reserves found in Balochistan

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/174593-Huge-oil-gas-reserves-found-in-Balochistan#By PPIDecember 26, 2016QUETTA:  A huge reserve of oil and gas has been found in Jandran area of Marri Agency of Balochistan.These gas reserves are said to be much bigger than gas found in Sui Dera Bugti in early1950.BalochHouseComment
Gas in Marri area is huge, this is a known fact to many . The infight  among Marri groups is primarily due to this fact.  While Changez Marri ,caim that he has blessings of all Marri tribal heads to extract coal, oil, gas. His brother Mehran says as per will of his father he is sardar. Focus of fight will soon shift to Marri area. We need to see how Khairbux Marri's divided family , and other powerful Marris under Hazar Khan Marri  will move their pawns for control and supremacy over the area.Well placed sources confirmed that gas reserve found in Jandran region is much bigger than gas found in Sui Gas reserves from Sui first and followed by two other big reserves at P…

Lawyers from Balochistan demand resignation of Nisar, Sarfaraz Bugti

http://www.dawn.com/news/1303853/lawyers-from-balochistan-demand-resignation-of-nisar-sarfaraz-bugtiSYED ALI SHAH — Lawyers from Balochistan on Thursday demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti following the release of the Quetta Civil Hospital judicial inquiry report.“The Quetta commission report has exposed the incompetence and negligence of the ministers, therefore, they have no moral justification to stay in power,” said Ghani Khilji, President of Balochistan High Court Bar Association.He added that the reaction to the report was an effort to influence the apex court of the country."Instead of learning a lesson, the interior minister was criticising the report.”On the occasion, the lawyers endorsed the commission report and vowed to raise their voice for the supremacy of law in the country.On August 8, a suicide bomber targeted the emergency services ward at Quetta’s Civil Hospital, killing at…

Baloch in Bahrain Celebrating Bahraini national day

Baloch in Bahrain Celebrating Bahraini national day
Dressed up with traditional Balochi dress

Baloch Student grills Chief Minister

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif was grilled by hard-hitting questions of  a delegation of visiting students from Balochistan, reported 24 News. WATCH videohttps://youtu.be/SDzzTJ2GdOcStudents from Balochistan lamented that the development projects could only be seen in Lahore whereas the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is mainly located in Balochistan. A girl stood up and lamented that fundamental needs of the people in Gwadar are not being fulfilled. She wondered that when VVIPs visit the province, the electricity is provided on emergency basis without outages while during regular days, electricity is only available for two or three hours in a day.You come and electricity is made available during your visit and when you go away it also goes away,” she protested.In response, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif who was listening to the question attentively appreciated the audacity of the Baloch student and essentially laughed it away.

Balochistan!!

http://dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/21-Dec-16/balochistanBalochistan!Let the blood of innocent people, and there is a long list of victims in Balochistan, not go waste in revealing the truth about the whole saga of lawlessness in Baluchistan against the fact of its unregulated borders
By: Riaz Missen
What is the real source of motivation for extremists active in Baluchistan if it has been proven that they have nothing to do with the teachings of Islam?What is really behind ‘monumental failure’ of the Interior Ministry, not necessarily the one headed by Chaudhary Nisar, in tackling terror in Baluchistan? Why the religious outfits carry out acts of sabotage in Balochistan, but are allowed to roam freely in Punjab and the federal capital?The narrative that a neighbouring country wanted to destabilise Balochistan needs to be given a fresh thought. Who were enemy’s partners in rendering the southwestern provinces defenceless?Were these really Indians who prevented LEAs from protecting helpless …

Naela Quadri to speak in Thalassery

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2016/dec/21/baloch-leader-to-speak-in-thalassery-1551484.html

By N V Ravindranathan Nair  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 21st December 2016 01:54 AM  |  Last Updated: 21st December 2016 04:31 AM  |   A+A A-   |  THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Baloch International Women’s Forum leader Naela Quadri   Baloch, who is in India as part of the efforts to reach out to the masses to mobilise support for forming a ‘Baloch government in exile’ is set to address a public meeting in Thalassery on December 28. She will speak at a meeting to be organised under the aegis of ‘Brennen Vibrant’, an organisation of the old ABVP activists of Brennen College, Thalassery.  V Manivarnan, an office-bearer of Brennan Vibrant and Hindu Aikyavedi district general secretary, told ‘Express’ that Quadri would be speaking on the topic, ‘Freedom from oppressors, China and Pakistan.’ According to Manivarnan, the talk will focus on the Baloch national movement.  Quadri will al…

Punjab: Geo-strategic reality

N S RajaramThe first point to note is that Pakistan will not crumble quietly. It is too steeped in hate and violence to disappear like the Soviet Empire. More likely, it will be like former Yugoslavia. Eventually the land beyond the Indus will return to being the frontier that it has always been, and the Punjabi-Mohajir colony calling itself Pakistan will be struggling for survival. Its enemy will not be India but the Talibanized network of �schools� and its hate-filled �students� trying to undermine and even destroy the Punjabi elite. To see what will be like, one has only to look at what happened to the Afghan elite after the Taliban took over. And in Punjab the hostilities are infinitely greater. They are rooted in the historic hostility of the frontier nomads towards the settled people of the plains. Appeal to Islam will not save them, for what the Punjabis are up against is the geo-strategic reality of the region. And this is what has shaped their history. And they have made the …